Halos are in the hunt for the wild card

MIKE TROUT had two hits and scored a run in the Angels’ 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday (Flickr/Keith Allison).

This may seem unlikely, but the Los Angeles Angels are in a playoff race.

Yes, it’s true. The Halos’ 21-23 record may look modest, but they are in second place in the American League West and only 2.5 games back in the hunt for the two American League wild card slots. Ahead of them there are the Yankees, Indians and Red Sox.

The Angels will get a chance to climb that ladder this evening in Anaheim when they send Griffin Canning (1-1) to the mound to face the Kansas City Royals. Starting for the visitors will be Jakob Junis (3-4) in a 7:07 p.m. game.

On Friday the Angels defeated the Royals 5-2.  Matt Harvey (now 2-3) had a solid start, working five-plus innings and giving up two runs and four hits. He struck out six and walked four. The bullpen was even better, yielding just two hits and no runs for the rest of the game.

At bat, the Angels knocked out 10 hits, including two each by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Kole Calhoun had a double and an RBI, while Trout had a two-bagger as well and scored a run. David Fletcher also had two hits.

The Angels scored three in the second and another run in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. The Royals (15-30) countered with two runs in the top of the sixth on Ryan O’Hearn’s single. An insurance run was added by the home team in the seventh when Pujols drove in Trout with a ground ball single.

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