Calhoun thievery keeps Angels close

Calhoun thievery keeps Angels close

ANAHEIM -- Not even one of Gold Glove outfielder Kole Calhoun's finest catches Monday night could prevent the Angels from making an historical entry they could've done without.

They lost their 11th game in a row, matching the single-season franchise record for the fourth time, a 3-2 nail-biter to the Mariners and their ace, Felix Hernandez. Calhoun's leaping robbery of a two-run home-run bid by Kyle Seager in the seventh inning merely kept it that agonizingly close

"At some point, we're going to get out of this thing," Calhoun said about the losing streak that matched Angels frustrations in 1974, 1992 and 1999 -- the year before manager Mike Scioscia began his mostly successful tenure. "It's definitely a struggle.

"I haven't robbed that many (home runs). It kept us in the game. I tracked it well, and gave myself enough room. You hope you're not going into run into somebody (the fans), but you don't think about it, you just try to make a play on the ball."

Calhoun said he banged a knee when he came down on the lightly padded short wall, but said he was OK.

Angels starter Ricky Nolasco, who failed to win for the third time in as many starts for his new team, said the Angels "are focused every day. We're giving everything, day in and day out, it's just not working right now. It's frustrating."

Scioscia credited Calhoun's catch, and Nolasco's 5 1/3-inning struggle in his duel with Hernandez with giving the Angels chances to win.

"That's a huge catch for Kole, obviously saving two runs," Scioscia said. "That's the way Kole plays. He's a great right fielder."

Aside from Mike Trout's 23rd home run, and the first of two doubles by Nick Buss, Scioscia said, the Angels "just couldn't get a key hit" against their longtime nemesis, King Felix.

"It was good to see Ricky go out and give us a chance," Scioscia said. "Two walks (that turned into Mariners runs) hurt him."

Nolasco agreed. "I thought it (outing) was decent, I just had to battle for the most part," he said. "I was pretty frustrated with the two walks to lead off the fourth inning. I think that was the difference in the game. It's frustrating because it (walks) doesn't happen to me too often."

Earl Bloom is a contributor for based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.