3/13/2013 6:30 P.M. ET
Blanton has one tough frame in five-inning start
Righty gives up two runs in second; Pujols, Hamilton, Bourjos have RBIs
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday for an 8-6 Cactus League victory over the Angels at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Mike Trout reached base three times and teammate Peter Bourjos hit a two-run home run for the Angels.
Trout had a triple to start the game against Padres pitcher Clayton Richard. He added a double and a walk. Bourjos had two hits, including his first home run of spring.
San Diego's Nick Hundley, who entered the game hitting .462, continued his hot spring with a double in the second. He had two hits. Minor League outfielder Daniel Robertson added an RBI triple as part of a two-hit day.
Los Angeles pitcher Joe Blanton allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He had two strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
"Being able to go five innings, instead of 20 to 30 pitches," Blanton said, "you're able to work through some things with hitters mechanically and kind of get in a groove a little bit, which is nice, and hopefully remember what you do and the things you fix and take it to the next [start]."
Richard, San Diego's projected Opening Day starting pitcher, allowed five earned runs on nine hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out one. Of the nine hits Richard allowed, six went for extra bases.
The Angels broke the game open with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton had consecutive doubles in the fifth.
Up next: Jason Vargas gets the start on Thursday, when the Angels host the White Sox at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 1:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV. Vargas, the lefty starter acquired for Kendrys Morales in December, was roughed up by the Rockies his last time out, giving up four runs on eight hits in a three-inning stint. Vargas was happy with how he executed his offspeed pitches, but was up a little bit too much with the fastball. "Hitters in spring," Vargas said, "they're looking for that fastball, and if you leave it up, you're going to get hammered a little bit."