“Part of it is changing the neighborhood a little bit to see if maybe we can set the table a little better for guys in middle,” Scioscia said before the game. “Maybe it will give us a little spark. Right now, we need to find some continuity. This could be something that gives us a little bit of a jump-start right now, we’ll see.”

Murphy gave them just that in the third inning. David Freese was hit by a pitch and Carlos Perez reached on an infield hit, his first of three hits. An out later, Murphy yanked a ball just barely over the right-field fence, putting the Angels up 3-1.

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BY JEFF FLETCHER / STAFF WRITER September 15, 2015