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Phillips bros. shine in South Africa loss

Infielders combine for three RBIs, three runs in Classic tuneup

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at Tempe, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 4

Angels at the plate: Chris Pettit launched a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, his first of the spring. Peter Bourjos doubled twice and walked, stealing a base. Matt Brown had three singles and an RBI. Terry Evans smacked a two-run double and RBI single. Sean Rodriguez ripped a two-run single and walked, while Luis Figueroa lined an RBI single and walked.

South Africa at the plate: Third baseman Johnathan Phillips stroked a two-run double to left against three-time All-Star closer Brian Fuentes and also singled home a run. Center fielder Martin Gordon delivered three singles, scoring twice and driving in a run. Shortstop Anthony Phillips, Johnathan's 18-year-old brother and a member of the Mariners' organization, doubled and was hit by a pitch, scoring twice.

Angels on the mound: Joe Saunders worked two scoreless innings, yielding two hits while striking out three. Fuentes yielded three earned runs on three hits in one inning. Rich Thompson, tuning up for Australia's Classic team, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

South Africa on the mound: Right-hander Barry Armitage worked three innings, allowing two runs, one earned, while yielding one hit and two walks, striking out one. Donavon Hendricks was touched for four earned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one.

Up next: The Angels travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Mariners on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. PT. Shane Loux gets his second start of the spring for the Angels, facing Seattle southpaw Erik Bedard. Angels manager Mike Scioscia plans to start integrating his regulars into the lineup. Outfielder Juan Rivera expects to make his Cactus League debut after signing a three-year contract in the offseason.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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