Upton Sinclair hit two home runs as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 2-0 Saturday and moved to within one game of the Minnesota Twins in the race for the second American League wild card spot.
The Angels (76-72) also got a strong pitching performance from Parker Bridwell (8-2), who worked six innings and gave up just three hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two. The bullpen worked three perfect innings.
Upton’s homers came in the bottom of the first and eighth innings and were his 30th and 31st home runs of the year. He now also has 103 RBIs.
The series with the Rangers continues Sunday with Garrett Richards (0-1) making the start for the Orange County team.
Trojans and Rustlers win; Bruins fall
Two college football teams of interest to fans in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area won on Saturday; one did not.
USC 27, Texas 24: The Trojans got clutch field goals by freshman Chase McGrath to defeat the Longhorns at the Coliseum. McGrath, a Mater Dei High School grad, booted one field goal with two seconds to play in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, and the made the game-winning kick in second overtime. Sam Darnold led the fourth-ranked Trojans (3-0) with 397 yards passing and three touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
Memphis 48, UCLA 45: Josh Rosen threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as the Bruins (2-1) lost a shootout Saturday against the Tigers on the road. Rosen threw two interceptions, both of which influenced the outcome. One was returned for a score and the second stopped a late UCLA drive.
Golden West College 27, Chaffey College 6: Joe Pyle threw for three touchdowns – two of them to Xavier Smith – as the Rustlers (2-1) defeated the Panthers 27-6 on Saturday in Huntington Beach. Pyle completed 27-of-37 passes for 250 yards. He was intercepted once. Armata Tavai rushed for 91 yards for GWC.