One out of four ain’t … that good. But the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will take it.
After pulling even at 73-73, the Halos hoped to keep their good fortune going with a series in Anaheim against the Seattle Mariners, who are still contending for an American League wild card berth. But after losing games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – that contest involving blowing a 4-0 lead – the Orange County team (now 74-76) posted a 4-3 victory on Sunday.
Kole Calhoun hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh that was the difference in the Angels’ win. That four-bagger came after the slumping right fielder had gone hitless in 25 at-bats. Earlier, Justin Upton’s three-run homer in the third had given the home team an early lead.
“I was just looking for a pitch to hit, really, with a 3-2 count and two outs there,” Calhoun said. “I was looking to put something in play. The ball got a lot of plate and I put a pretty good swing on it.”
Jaime Barria had a rocky start, working five innings and giving up six hits and three runs. He struck out three batters and walked one. He yielded a two-run home run in the fourth to Daniel Vogelbach.
But the bullpen was near-perfect, holding the M’s to one hit the rest of the way. The win went to Taylor Cole (2-2). Ty Buttrey picked up his third save of the year after striking out the side in the ninth.
The Angels are back in action on Tuesday with Tyler Skaggs (8-8) making the start in Oakland. Liam Hendricks (0-1) will pitch for the Athletics.