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Trout hammers a homer into the second deck

SAN DIEGO -- They don't make regular-season losses much more demoralizing than this. At least not in May.

On Sunday afternoon, the Angels lost a 13-inning game to the Padres, 3-2. They also lost a series against a team that recently had the worst record in the National League, fell to eight games back of the Rangers in the American League West, moved to six games below .500, and they likely lost Vernon Wells (right thumb) and Ryan Langerhans (right shoulder) to the disabled list.

"If you're going to play for that long, it sure would be nice to come out with a 'W,'" Mark Trumbo said after a four-hour and 23-minute game the Padres won in walk-off fashion. "It's always nice to come out with a win. But especially if you're going to have to go into extras, and deplete the bullpen, lose guys to the DL, you sure as heck want to get out of here with a win."

The Angels' second extra-inning game of the year saw both teams use a pitcher as a pinch-hitter (Dan Haren for the Angels, Clayton Richard for the Padres), both teams combine to go 2-for-27 with runners in scoring position and both teams combine to use 41 of their 50 players.

The ending, in the bottom of the 13th with David Pauley on the mound, summed it up perfectly. Will Venable sprayed a base hit to left field, where second baseman Howie Kendrick bobbled the ball, allowing Richard to score from first base.

Yeah, it was that kind of game.

"It's something where you go in the game and you never know what you're going to get," said Richard, the Padres starter who was 0-for-16 before hitting a two-out single to spark the game-winning rally. "It's definitely not something you anticipate going to the ballpark. It's a pleasant surprise."

Not for Kendrick, whose game-ending error was the capper of a rough afternoon that also saw him strike out three times -- bringing his team-leading total to 39 -- and get thrown out twice on the bases.

"It was a tough game," said Kendrick, who did manage two singles. "You find out what you're about in these types of games."

Kendrick was in left field as part of an array of defensive changes in the bottom of the 11th, when Langerhans hurt his shoulder up against the left-field fence and forced manager Mike Scioscia to use his last position player, catcher John Hester. That put catcher Bobby Wilson at first base, first baseman Albert Pujols at third, third baseman Maicer Izturis at second and Kendrick moved from second to left -- a position where he spent 23 games last year -- for the fateful sequence of events two innings later.

"It took a little hop," Kendrick said of the 13th-inning single he misplayed, "but at the same time, knowing who's running and knowing the situation, you have to keep the ball in front of you. You just have to catch it clean."

The Angels' loss was almost a carbon copy of Saturday night's 3-2 defeat, when they constantly missed run-scoring opportunities and left their pitching staff with very little margin for error. This time, it just lasted longer. The Angels went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position that night, and 1-for-14 while losing by the same score on Sunday.

After Mike Trout's fifth-inning solo homer, the Angels were shut out -- but it wasn't for lack of chances. They had a runner on second with one out in the seventh and ninth, the bases loaded with one out in the 10th, and runners on first and second with two outs in the 11th.

And no runs to show for it.

"We just have to get better, up and down the lineup," Trumbo said. "It's got to be a team-wide effort. It's got to be an attitude. Hitting with runners in scoring position is an attitude."

Angels starter Ervin Santana gave up two runs on six hits, two walks and two hit batters in six innings of a no-decision, putting his ERA at 2.25 over his past five starts -- after posting a 7.23 ERA and giving up 10 home runs in his first four.

After he left, Jason Isringhausen, Jordan Walden, Ernesto Frieri, Hisanori Takahashi and David Carpenter combined to hurl six shutout innings to keep the game tied at 2.

But Pauley couldn't keep the streak going in the bottom of the 13th.

"We just couldn't get that hit that we needed to to put this game in the terms that we needed," Scioscia said. "Our bullpen was terrific, but we just couldn't get enough done on the offensive side."

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