UPDATE: The Angels’ game with the Cubs was snowed out on Sunday. Because of an Oakland (10-9) loss, the Halos (8-7) moved into third place in the AL West.
The Los Angeles Angels piled up an early lead and fought off rallies by the Chicago Cubs Saturday to post a 6-5 win in the Windy City. It was the Halos’ sixth win in seven games and pushed them back over .500 at 7-6.
A three-run second inning gave the Angels and their starter Chris Stratton an early cushion, but the Cubs (5-9) chipped away and almost pulled off a ninth inning comeback.
Tommy LaStella had no hits but reached three times on base on balls.
Stratton lasted 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. He struck out five and walked four. The win went to closer Cody Allen, his fourth. He gave up a hit, run and a walk, but ended up striking out three Cubs.
Javier Baez was the hitting star for the Cubs with three hits and two RBIs.
The Angels and Cubs are back in action Sunday with Trevor Cahill (1-1) getting the start for the visitors.