Pujols’ homer helps Halos snap a skid

ALBERT PUJOLS hit the game-winning g two-run home run as the Angels beat the Giants 4-3 on Saturday (Flickr/Marianne O’Leary).

Albert Pujols’ two-run home run in the sixth inning was the difference in the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants Saturday night in Anaheim.

The win stopped the Halos’ four-game losing streak and kept them a half-game behind the Houston Astros in the American League West at 14-7.

It was Pujols 618th career home run and 2992nd career hit.

Earlier home runs by Jefry Marte and Mike Trout allowed the Angels to overcome an initial 2-0 Giants lead. Trout had three of the Angels’ six hits and raised his batting average to .309. He also stole a base, his third. His home run was his eight of the season.

Garrett Richards improved his record to 3-0. He pitched six innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He struck out 11 batters and walked just one, lowering his earned run average to 3.46.

The series with the Giants concludes on Sunday.

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