MIAMI (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels' final chance came when they batted trailing with two outs in the ninth inning and a fielding error kept them alive, at least temporarily.
They failed to take advantage. That was the case all night.
The Angels left 13 men on base, went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and lost 5-2 to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday. To make the defeat even more galling, it snapped Florida's 11-game losing streak.
``We didn't come through in the clutch situations,' Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said. ``That's why we lost. We got hits but not at the right moment.'
Not that Hunter was to blame. He had four hits and the Angels' lone RBI.
The rest of the lineup was dismal when the Angels got a threat going. Peter Bourjos stranded five runners. Alberto Callaspo snapped an 0-for-21 slump but stranded three. Bobby Abreu twice made outs with runners in scoring position.
``Tons of opportunity,' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``We've been talking about this for a long time. We need some guys to find their game and start to square some balls with guys in scoring position.'
The Angels had at least one runner in every inning and finally scored with two outs in the ninth on Hunter's RBI single. Another run scored on an error by third baseman Greg Dobbs before Leo Nunez came on and struck out Russell Branyan with two on for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Javier Vazquez (4-7) went 5 1-3 innings and allowed 10 hits but no runs to lower his ERA to 6.37, still the highest in the majors. The right-hander had been 0-3 in his past five starts.
Ervin Santana (3-8) was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth trailing 2-0. He fell to 0-4 in his past five starts.
``This is one of those games where the early runs would have been huge in a lot of different ways,' Scioscia said. ``If we have a lead early, Ervin would have gone a couple of more innings.'
Gaby Sanchez hit his 13th home run and Hanley Ramirez had his first multi-hit game since May 21 for the Marlins, who improved to 2-19 in June. They are 1-1 since 80-year-old Jack McKeon took over Monday as interim manager for the rest of the season.
Ramirez, inserted into the cleanup spot for the first time in his career by McKeon, went 2 for 4 to hike his average to .206 and scored twice.
``I enjoyed the game,' Ramirez said. ``I hadn't been doing that. I was thinking too much. I just went out there and played hard and had fun, like I used to.'
Anxious to end the losing streak, McKeon managed as if it was the World Series. When reliever Randy Choate walked the leadoff batter in the eighth and went to 2-1 on the next hitter, McKeon gave him a quick hook.
``He had seen enough,' Florida catcher John Buck said. ``That's what we needed - go against the grain a little bit.'
Burke Badenhop came on, and after giving up a single, he retired the next three batters to preserve a 3-0 lead.
Mike Stanton, back in the lineup after missing three games with a right eye infection, had three hits and two RBIs. And for a change, the breaks went the Marlins' way.
They totaled three infield hits, while the Angels hit into two double plays, including one when reliever Edward Mujica snared Hunter's liner and then doubled a runner off second.
Sanchez homered with two outs in the first. Omar Infante made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second, and he added an RBI single in the eighth.
Stanton doubled home Ramirez in the sixth and singled him home in the eighth.
Notes: U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., planned to place a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record recognizing McKeon for taking the job at the age of 80. McKeon lives in North Carolina. ... McKeon, fondly remembered for leading the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship, received a big ovation when he visited the mound in the sixth. ... The Angels' Alberto Callaspo singled in the eighth to end an 0-for-21 slump. ... Santana reached in the second on an infield single, his first hit since 2007.
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