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Angels' Wilfredo Tovar scores from second on sacrifice fly

By
Jake Elman

June 26 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar took advantage of a bad read by Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jose Peraza and scored from second base on a sacrifice fly.

Standing on second base with one out in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Reds, Tovar watched as designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hit a fly ball to deep left field. Peraza made the catch near the wall but, thinking it was the inning's final out, didn't immediately throw the ball back in.

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"I saw that the outfielder had his head down after he caught it, so I sped up," Tovar said. "From there, I kept going when I saw [third-base coach Mike] Gallego's signal and kept running."

Tovar beat the relay throw home for the Angels' fifth and final run. The 27-year-old showed his speed earlier in the inning by taking second base on Mike Trout's sacrifice fly.

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Tovar is hitting just .195 with three RBIs in 41 at-bats this year.

Los Angeles moved to 40-40 with Tuesday's victory. The Angels are 3 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the American League's second Wild Card spot.

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