Heaney and homers lead back to .500

ANDREW HEANEY pitched 5.1 strong innings as the Angels beat the Reds 5-1 on Tuesday (Angels photos)

As their legendary owner Gene Autry might say – or sing – the Los Angeles Angels are back in the saddle again. Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Anaheim again allowed the Halos to climb back to a .500 record.

Home runs by Tommy La Stella – an inside-the-park gem – and by Luis Rengifo – a three-run blast – powered the team to a 40-40 record.

It was La Stella’s 16th homer of the season. He has 44 RBIs and is making a strong bid for the American League All-Star team. The second baseman is batting .300.

With the win, the Angels remain in third place in the American League West, 10 games out of first and two games out of third.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) worked 5.1 solid innings, giving up just one run on four hits. He walked four, struck out four and yielded one home run.

The Angels are back in action on Wednesday against the Reds.


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