Angels 4, Padres 3 - Preseason Play

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Howard Kendrick got the first hit off Padres starter Jon Garland -- a double with two outs in the third. They broke through with a pair of runs in the fourth on Michael Ryan's double and a Peter Bourjos sacrifice fly. Three consecutive singles in the fifth off reliever Tim Stauffer, including an RBI shot by Kendry Morales, generated the third run. In the sixth, they took the lead on Gary Patchett's sacrifice fly.

Padres at the plate: Matt Stairs, in his quest to make the team as a left-handed pinch-hitter, had the first hit of the game -- a one-out single in the bottom of the first off starter Jered Weaver. David Eckstein's two-out, bases-loaded single in the second plated the first two runs of the game. Stairs followed with an RBI single. He was 2-for-2 with a walk.

Angels on the mound: Weaver worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with five walks and four whiffs. He also hit a batter. Ten of the first 16 Padres he faced reached base. Weaver threw 67 pitches, 39 for strikes

Padres on the mound: Garland worked four relatively easy innings, allowing two runs on three hits, while walking two and whiffing three. The runs and two of the three hits came in the fourth inning. He threw 70 pitches, 42 strikes.

Worth noting: The Padres were flying again, stealing six bases, giving them 26 for the spring. They've allowed 10. Angels reliever Scot Shields, making his second appearance this spring in his recovery from last June's left knee surgery, threw his second scoreless inning. He's allowed one hit and a walk.

Cactus League records: Angels 3-8; Padres 4-9.

Up next: The Angels play the D-backs at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday and have an off-day on Thursday. Left-hander Joe Saunders will take the mound against right-hander Ian Kennedy. Saunders made his Spring Training debut on Friday against the White Sox and allowed four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Shortstop Erick Aybar, who has been battling a sore throwing arm, is expected to return to the lineup as the club's designated hitter.

The Padres play the Royals on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium before an off-day on Thursday. Left-hander Clayton Richard will get the start with right-hander Sean Gallagher following him. Both are in the battle for the final two spots in the starting rotation, a derby that will come down to the final two weeks. Manager Bud Black said on Tuesday that he has no timetable yet to make the decision. Right-hander Luke Hochevar is slated to start for the Royals.

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