While the Los Angeles Angels are looking to bounce back from being shut out for the first time in more than a month, the Florida Marlins are hoping to build on their highest-scoring game in nearly two years.
The teams meet for the first time since 2003 when they open a three-game interleague series at Angel Stadium.
Los Angeles left seven men on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in a 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
It was the first time the Angels were shut out since May 9, when they lost 3-0 to Cleveland. Los Angeles has been blanked three times this season.
“A loss is a loss,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think there is any loss that you can characterize as a bad loss. We didn’t get it done on the offensive side.”
Angels first baseman Darin Erstad singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. Erstad is 9-for-15 with five runs in his last four games.
Florida, meanwhile, had a season-high 20 hits in a 15-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The Marlins recorded their highest run total since scoring a franchise-record 20 against Atlanta on July 1, 2003. The win was particularly satisfying as it followed a 14-0 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
“With our team, there is too much talent to just not compete,” Florida third baseman Mike Lowell said. “We’re getting consistent contributions up and down the lineup. When you’re not going good, it seemed to be a couple of guys not swinging the bats well and they always seemed to be the guys up when you need it. I think this is a good sign.”
“Every day, I go out work the same way and try to have the same approach,” said Pierre, who hit .205 in his previous 33 games. “I got (two) bunt base hits. … I probably remained a little more relaxed at the plate.”
Florida won for the fifth time in eight games.