ANAHEIM — The Angels have a winning streak.
For the first time since May, they completed a three-game sweep, with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, Luis Valbuena led off the inning with a walk and then Andrelton Simmons doubled, sending him to third. C.J. Cron’s comebacker, off the glove of pitcher Luis Garcia, tied the score.
With Kole Calhoun at the plate as a pinch-hitter, Garcia uncorked a pitch about five feet over catcher Cameron Rupp, allowing Simmons to slide home with the go-ahead run.
Bud Norris, getting his first action since his meltdown on Sunday in Toronto, survived a warning-track flyball for the second out in a scoreless ninth to lock it up.
The Angels have now won three in a row for the first time in more than a month, since June 24-26, and they have won five of six. All that’s between them and a six-game winning streak was the ninth inning on Sunday in Toronto, when Norris gave up a grand slam to finish blowing a six-run lead.
The Angels have rebounded from that nicely, albeit against one of baseball’s worst teams.
On Thursday night, Parker Bridwell put them in a 4-2 hole in the second, snapping his streak of four straight quality starts, but Bridwell locked down and showed some of what the Angels like about him.
“He is indefinitely not intimidated by the challenge,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. “He’s no intimidated by the big leagues. He’s able to go out and make his pitches and that’s Step One. Some guys get to the big leagues and think they’ve got to throw harder. Some guys think they’ve got to snap the breaking ball harder, and that’s not the case. He’s shown us from the first couple outings that he trusts his stuff. He understands it. He’s going to go make pitches and let the results be what they’ll be.”
After pitching a scoreless first inning, and being staked to a 2-0 lead on a Mike Trout homer, Bridwell came out in the second and failed to the deliver the shutdown inning he wanted.
He gave up a single to Odubel Herrera. An out later, Nick Williams drove a ball over the center field fence. Trout got leather on it with his leap, but couldn’t pull it back. Three hits later, including Aaron Altherr’s two-out single, the Phillies had four runs.
Rather than simply folding up on a bad night, though, Bridwell bounced back and delivered three scoreless innings. He got some help to get out of the fifth when…