Conger lifts Angels with pinch-hit homer in the ninth

Updated: September 1, 2013

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Hank Conger’s two-out pinch-hit home run in
the top of the ninth inning lifted the LA Angels of Anaheim to a 6-5 win over
the Milwaukee Brewers to take the first two of a three-game set from Miller

After Jim Henderson (3-4) retired the first two batters he faced, Josh
Hamilton ripped a pinch-hit double to right before Conger put the Angels on
top with his seventh blast of the season.

“I throw a lot of fastballs…and I left it over the plate,” Henderson said.

Dane De La Rosa (6-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win behind
Jerome Williams, who held Milwaukee to three runs on eight hits over six

“He (Williams) really settled in and pitched six strong innings for us,” said
Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “That’s the way he can pitch. He has a quality
in him to get it done like that.”

Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with four RBI while Scooter Gennett had three
hits and scored twice for Milwaukee, which has lost three of four.

Milwaukee strung together three straight hits to start the home half of the
first. Gennett and Jean Segura singled to center before Lucroy plated the pair
with a double to deep right.

The Angels responded with three in the third to take a lead. Mike Trout plated
the first run when he reached on an infield single to second. Kole Calhoun
then singled to right, scoring Erick Aybar, before Luis Jimenez singled home
Trout with a poke up the middle.

The Brewers tied the score at 3-3 in the home half of the third on an Aramis
Ramirez double to right. Lucroy, who singled and stole second, scored without
a throw.

Chris Iannetta led off the top of the fourth with a home run to break the tie.

In the bottom of the seventh, Segura loaded the bases with an infield single
for Lucroy, who plated Norichika Aoki and Gennett with a single to right.
Segura advanced to third on Calhoun’s fielding error, but Ramirez and Carlos
Gomez struck out.

After LA took the lead in the top of the ninth, Ernesto Frieri pitched around
a Gennett single to retire the side to earn his 29th save.

Game Notes

The Angels are winners in seven of their last eight games … Marco Estrada
started for Milwaukee and surrendered four runs on nine hits in seven innings
while striking out eight … Lucroy stole his sixth base of the year, second
best among NL catchers behind Russell Martin’s nine.