Albert Pujols hit the 583rd home run of his career Saturday to tie with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time major league home run list, but that was the only highlight of the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees at the Big A.
The loss put the Angels’ record at 51-72 for a season-low of 21 games under .500. The Halos are now 21.5 games out of first and have lost 15 of their last games.
Getting only four hits, the Angels didn’t much to support Ricky Nolaso (4-11), who was touched for three runs in the first inning. He went 6.1 innings, yielding seven hits and five earned runs. He struck out five batters and walked none.
The series with the Yanks concludes today in Anaheim with Jhoulys Chacin (3-8) making the start for the Angels.
EDISON OPENS SEASON WITH 56-21 WIN
On the strength of seven touchdown passes, Edison High opened the 2016 high school football season for local teams with a 56-21 win over Baldwin High in Maui, Hawaii on Saturday.
The Chargers (1-0) got four TD passes from Griffin O’Conner and three more from Bowen Blake in the one-sided contest. Edison led 44-7 at the half. Top receivers for the green-and-gold were Shaun Colamonico (eight passes, four TDs) and Elijah Ginnis (four passes, three TDs).
Edison will be next in action back on the mainland on Saturday, Aug. 27 hosting Tesoro at Huntington Beach High.
RAMS SQUEAK BY CHIEFS, 21-20
Thanks to a fourth quarter scoring pass by Jared Goff, the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday ran their pre-season record to 2-0 with a 21-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
The highly-touted rookie completed eight-of-12 passes for 82 yards and a score. He fumbled twice, losing one. Case Keenum, still considered the likely starter when the regular season starts, was four-for-five for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Todd Gurley made his 2016 debut with 20 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
The Rams continue their “practice” season next Saturday in Denver against the Broncos.
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