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Goldschmidt kept off base as Arizona again fails to reach .500

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PHOENIX — For the first time in about a month, Paul Goldschmidt didn't reach base.

And again the Arizona Diamondbacks failed to reach .500.

C.J. Wilson struck out a season-high nine in his second straight strong outing, Taylor Featherston hit his first major league home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Diamondbacks 7-1 on Thursday to split the four-game interleague series.

The first two games were played in Anaheim, the last two in Phoenix.

Goldschmidt, who entered the game batting a major league-best .363, was 0 for 4 and struck out three times, failing to reach base for the first time in 28 games. It had been the longest active streak in the majors.

"You look at his numbers. He's hitting .360 with a .500 on-base percentage," Wilson said. "I was I guess fortunate to have really good run support today so I had a chance to challenge him. He wants to hit, he's a great hitter. I got him to chase a couple of pitches today. I don't think he's going to do that very often."

Wilson (5-5), after throwing seven scoreless innings in his previous start, gave up one run and scattered eight hits in eight innings. The left-hander didn't walk anyone.

"He made good pitches. He mixes it up with fastball, sliders, curve, change," Goldschmidt said. "He didn't make many mistakes and when he did, we weren't able to take advantage of them."

Featherston and Johnny Giavotella each hit solo homers in the third off Allen Webster (1-1), making his second big league start.

Carlos Perez had a two-run double and Efren Navarro a two-run single in the Angels' five-run sixth inning. Mike Trout tripled in the inning's other run.

Webster was rocked for six runs on five hits and walked five, one intentional, in 5 1-3 innings. He left with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Josh Collmenter, who lost his rotation spot to Webster, came in and gave up the big hits to Navarro and Perez.

For the eighth time since they were 8-8 on April 24, the Diamondbacks failed in a bid to reach .500.

"I don't think anybody is thinking about that," manager Chip Hale said. "We just didn't play well enough today and they did. It's just the way it goes. You get beat some days."

PHOTO: Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Featherston (8) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Garrett Richards, left, Efren Navarro, second from left, and assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Featherston (8) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Garrett Richards, left, Efren Navarro, second from left, and assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona had cut the Los Angeles lead to 2-1 with consecutive doubles by David Peralta and Nick Ahmed in the fifth.

Featherston, who entered the game hitting .083 in 36 at-bats, lined an 0-1 pitch into the left field seats. Two batters later, Giavotella hit the first pitch into almost the same spot and it was 2-0.

Wilson, rarely at the plate because he's in the American League, made an attempt to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by right fielder Yasmany Tomas to end the fifth.

The slide was the only thing manager Mike Scioscia criticized about Wilson's performance.

"Those kinds of slides are the slides that end careers if it's on the wrong side," Scioscia said.

But, the manager said, Wilson was "athletic enough to pull it off."

Wilson made no apologies.

"If you're a bad athlete, then you're not going to try something like that," he said. "I'm just going to say I'm a good athlete so every time I get on base I'm either going to try to advance on a groundball or a wild pitch or break up a double play. It's the way I've always played."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Cory Rasmus, on the 60-day DL and yet to play this season after undergoing abdominal surgery, begins a rehab assignment this week.

Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (shoulder tendinitis) threw 54 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles opens a three-game series in Oakland on Friday night, starting Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 4.85 ERA) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.60), the major league ERA leader.

Diamondbacks: The five-game homestand continues with the series opener against San Diego on Friday, Arizona's first game against the Padres since Pat Murphy, former coach at Arizona State, became their interim manager. Arizona goes with RHP Rubby De La Rosa (5-3, 5.27), who tossed eight scoreless innings in his last start. The Diamondbacks try to hand RHP James Shields (7-0, 3.59) his first loss of the season.

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