By Pete Zarustica
Despite an overall disappointing campaign, the Los Angeles Angels are finishing the 2016 season with a flourish. After Tuesday’s 8-1 win over the Oakland A’s, the Halos have won five of their last six games.
With just four games remaining on the season, the Angels are at 71-87 and safely ensconced in fourth place in the American League West.
Jefry Marte hit a grand slam home run, Mike Trout got his 99th RBI of the year and Kole Calhoun had three extra-base hits in the win. Ricky Nolasco (8-14) turned in another quality start, working eight innings and giving up just five hits and one run. He struck out four batters and walked two.
Leading 1-0 early, the Angels put the game out of reach with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth at the Big A. They sent 11 batters to the plate in that inning. The first seven batters reached base, punctuated by Marte’s grand slam, his 13th home run of the season.
The series with the A’s concludes Wednesday with Alex Meyer (1-3) set to make the start for the Angels.