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Sal Frelick robs Taylor Ward of a tying home run to end the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Angels

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Sal Frelick robs Taylor Ward of a tying home run to end the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Angels
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Sal Frelick robs Taylor Ward of a tying home run to end the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Angels

2024-06-19 13:25 Last Updated At:13:31

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Sal Frelick robbed Taylor Ward of a tying home run with a leaping catch in center field for the final out of the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The Angels staged a three-run rally in the ninth inning and then got two more runners on base, bringing Trevor Megill into the game as the Brewers' third reliever of the inning.

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Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto, right, prepares to throw out Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich at first to complete a double play after forcing out William Contreras, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Sal Frelick robbed Taylor Ward of a tying home run with a leaping catch in center field for the final out of the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Taylor Ward catches a fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Taylor Ward catches a fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio (11) celebrates with Sal Frelick after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio (11) celebrates with Sal Frelick after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio celebrates in the dugout after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Sal Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio celebrates in the dugout after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Sal Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich runs the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich runs the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick, right, celebrates with right fielder Jackson Chourio after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick, right, celebrates with right fielder Jackson Chourio after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates with teammates after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates with teammates after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates after catching a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates after catching a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick collides with the wall after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick collides with the wall after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Ward drove a 384-foot fly to center, but Frelick confidently ran back and made a one-handed grab on the warning track.

“I was thinking tie score,” Milwaukee manager Pat Murphy said. “(But) if Sal is near it, it goes in his glove 99.9% of the time.”

The 5-foot-9 Frelick stretched his arm just above the yellow line representing the top of the outfield fence and held onto the ball while his torso hit the wall.

“It was hit really high, so it was coming down," Frelick said. “It's just a little easier versus the ones that are hit really hard or aren't coming down as much. I was able to see it and jump, and it just went right in.”

Christian Yelich hit his 200th homer and rookie Tobias Myers pitched scoreless, four-hit ball into the seventh inning for the Brewers, who have won three of four. Jackson Chourio drove in three runs, including a two-run double that turned into a Little League homer on the Angels' third error of the night in the fourth.

Los Angeles avoided its third shutout loss of the season when Logan O’Hoppe doubled in the ninth and scored on two wild pitches by Elieser Hernández. Jo Adell and Nolan Schanuel then drove in runs, and the Angels got two more runners on base before Huntington Beach native Megill barely secured his 14th save.

“I thought it was a tie ballgame, but he went up there and got it off the wall,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “We didn’t quit. We just couldn’t do nothing with the starter at the beginning of the game. But then we took care of their bullpen when it came in, but it wasn’t enough.”

Myers (4-2) was sharp in his third straight victory, matching his career high with six strikeouts against two walks while limiting Los Angeles to one extra-base hit.

Griffin Canning (2-8) yielded eight hits and five earned runs in his fourth consecutive loss for the Angels, who had won eight of their last 13.

Yelich connected in the first inning, sending his milestone solo shot to right for his seventh homer of the season. The 2018 NL MVP — a Southern California native — hadn't homered in 17 games since May 29, and he has only two homers in the past six weeks since returning from a 20-game absence with a lower back strain.

“It was cool to finally get it,” Yelich said. “You kind of know eventually it's going to happen, but you never know really when. Obviously it took me a while to do it, so pretty cool — a lot cooler in a win. It looked like it was going to be one of those smooth-sailing nights, not an easy win, but an uneventful one. It turned out to be everything but that.”

Frelick then doubled in the second and scored on the first of Canning's two wild pitches. Milwaukee attempted a double steal in the third, but Brandon Drury threw out Brice Turang at the plate.

Chourio capped a two-out rally in the fourth with his double down the right-field line — and he motored all the way around to score when Adell allowed the ball to get away.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: William Contreras returned to the lineup as the designated hitter after missing Monday's game. The catcher was involved in a home plate collision last Sunday, but he cleared the concussion protocol. Contreras has missed only two games this season.

Angels: Mike Trout said his recovery from knee surgery is going “slower than I thought,” but the three-time MVP remains optimistic. He hasn't resumed running since surgery on May 3, and there's no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Freddy Peralta (4-4, 4.38 ERA) looks to rebound in the series finale Wednesday after allowing a career-high 10 hits in his last start for Milwaukee. The Angels counter with Tyler Anderson (6-6, 2.58 ERA), their top starter.

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Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto, right, prepares to throw out Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich at first to complete a double play after forcing out William Contreras, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto, right, prepares to throw out Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich at first to complete a double play after forcing out William Contreras, left, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Taylor Ward catches a fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Taylor Ward catches a fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio (11) celebrates with Sal Frelick after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio (11) celebrates with Sal Frelick after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio celebrates in the dugout after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Sal Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Jackson Chourio celebrates in the dugout after scoring off a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell after hitting a double to score Sal Frelick and Gary Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich runs the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich runs the bases on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick, right, celebrates with right fielder Jackson Chourio after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick, right, celebrates with right fielder Jackson Chourio after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates with teammates after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates with teammates after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates after catching a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick celebrates after catching a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick collides with the wall after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick collides with the wall after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Sal Frelick catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward for the final out of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chiefs designed the Republican convention opening this week to feature a softer and more optimistic message, focusing on themes that would help a divisive leader expand his appeal among moderate voters and people of color.

Then came the shooting that rattled the foundation of American politics.

Suddenly, the Democrats’ turmoil after the debate, the GOP’s potential governing agenda and even Trump’s criminal convictions became secondary to concerns about political violence and the country's stability. The presumptive Republican nominee and his allies will face the nation during their four-day convention in Milwaukee unquestionably united and ready to “fight,” as the bloodied Trump cried out Saturday while Secret Service agents at his Pennsylvania rally rushed him to safety.

Anger and anxiety are coursing through the party, even as many top Republicans call for calm and a lowering of tensions.

Vivek Ramaswamy, who ran in the GOP presidential primary, has distinguished himself as one of the more aggressive voices on the right, saying often that the country is already at war with itself. So it was notable that in remarks at an event run by the conservative Heritage Institute at the RNC on Monday he was toning down his rhetoric and urging the country to come together.

“The enemy is not the Democrats, it is an ideology,” Ramaswamy told the crowd at Heritage’s “Policy Fest” event.

GOP Sen. Steve Daines, the chair of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, said at a Politico event at the RNC on Monday that the party needs to focus on policy and not divisive politics in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting.

“This is a moment, as we say, that the temperature needs to be brought down,” the Montana lawmaker said. “What needs to be litigated for the American people in the next three and a half months should be more policy and not personalities.”

On Monday, hours before the first convention session, some well-timed good news for Trump got the day off to a positive start for him and his party. The federal judge presiding over Trump's classified documents case dismissed the prosecution because of concerns over the appointment of the prosecutor who brought the case, handing the former president a major court victory.

Trump posted on his Truth Social platform to call for the dismissal of his other legal cases.

“As we move forward in Uniting our Nation after the horrific events on Saturday, this dismissal of the Lawless Indictment in Florida should be just the first step, followed quickly by the dismissal of ALL the Witch Hunts,” he wrote, listing several cases.

Meanwhile, Trump is expected to announce his vice presidential pick on the first day of the Republican National Convention, he said in an interview.

It remains unclear whether the shooting Saturday at his Pennsylvania rally has changed the former president’s thinking about his potential second-in-command. But he told Fox News Channel host Bret Baier in a call that he planned to make his pick Monday.

In an interview Sunday, Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley said the convention’s programming wouldn't be changed after the shooting. The agenda, he said, will feature more than 100 speakers overwhelmingly focused on kitchen table issues and Trump’s plans to lift everyday working Americans.

“We have to be able to lay out a vision for where we want to take this country," he said.

Whatley said the central message would have little to do with President Joe Biden’s political struggles, Trump’s grievances about the 2020 election or the ex-president’s promises to exact retribution against political enemies.

“We are going to have the convention that we have been planning for the last 18 months," he said. "We are a combination of relieved and grateful that the president is going to be here and is going to accept the nomination.”

Beyond voting to formally give Trump the nomination, elected delegates from across the nation will update the GOP’s policy platform for the first time since 2016. The scaled-down platform proposal — just 16 pages with limited specifics on key issues, including abortion — reflects a desire by the Trump campaign to avoid giving Democrats more material on a key campaign issue.

The platform approved by a committee last week doesn't include an explicit call for a national abortion ban, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended a federally guaranteed right to abortion.

“More divisiveness would not be healthy,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

As Trump prepares to announce his choice for vice president, his top three contenders are North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Ohio Sen. JD Vance and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, all expected to speak this week.

Despite a contentious primary season, any lingering tensions appear to have been set aside.

Former rivals Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador, are expected to speak at the convention on Trump’s behalf.

There will be reminders of Trump’s record in a speaking program that includes a handful of Republicans charged with crimes related to other political violence — the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who's in jail on contempt of Congress charges, is expected to speak at the convention just hours after his release. He was found guilty in September after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Capitol attack.

Nevada GOP Chair Michael McDonald, who was indicted of criminal charges related to his involvement in a scheme to present fake electors who would overturn Biden's victory over Trump, plans to present the former president with the party nomination at the convention. A judge dismissed the case against McDonald last month over a venue dispute.

Trump has repeatedly cast the people involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, including his many supporters who stormed the Capitol, as political prisoners.

For now, Democrats have scaled back their plans to offer a competing message during the Republican convention.

The Biden campaign over the weekend pulled down its campaign ads. Vice President Kamala Harris postponed a Tuesday appearance in Florida set to focus on Trump’s opposition to abortion rights. And the pro-Democratic group American Bridge is delaying the scheduled Monday release of faux trading cards designed to highlight controversial policy positions of Trump and other leading Republicans.

The convention, coming less than four months before Election Day, is taking place in heavily Democratic Milwaukee, the largest city in a pivotal swing state Trump lost by less than 1 percentage point four years ago.

Even before the assassination attempt, major protests were expected, although movement will be severely restricted as part of enhanced security precautions established by the Secret Service.

Still, the risk of violent confrontation exists.

Security officials previously announced that people just outside the Secret Service perimeter would be allowed to carry guns openly or concealed as permitted by state law. Wisconsin statutes outlaw only machine guns, short-barreled shotguns and silencers.

Associated Press writer Christine Fernando reported from Chicago. AP writers Thomas Beaumont in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Ali Swenson in Minneapolis contributed.

A worker carries a chair during perperations for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A worker carries a chair during perperations for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Law enforcement officers stand in an aisle at the 2024 Republican National Convention inside the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Law enforcement officers stand in an aisle at the 2024 Republican National Convention inside the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

An exterior general view at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

An exterior general view at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala. is seen during the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala. is seen during the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A color guard comprised of veterans rehearses ahead of the 2024 Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A color guard comprised of veterans rehearses ahead of the 2024 Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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