Homers propel Angels into third place

KOLE CALHOUN hit his 27th homer of the season in the Angels’ 9-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday in Anaheim (Flickr/Keith Allison).

It was a pretty good weekend for the Los Angeles Angels.

After a stirring comeback 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night in Anaheim, the Halos punctuated that on Sunday with a 9-2 beatdown of the Windy City team on Sunday.

Taken together, the two wins have launched the Orange County squad into third place in the American League West and revived – however faintly – dreams of post-season play.

Now 62-64 – one game ahead of the fourth-place Texas Rangers – the Angels are 11.5 games back in the AL wild card chase.

On Saturday, the Halos rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, with the key blow being a single by Mike Trout that drove in two runs. The go-ahead run came when Brian Goodwin walked with the bases loaded and brought in Trout with the deciding tally.

Things were a little less dramatic on Sunday. A three-run second inning gave the Halos a lead they’d never give up. They got home runs from Matt Thaiss (his sixth of the season), Kole Calhoun (27th), Shohei Ohtani (16th) and Anthony Bemboom (first) in the victory.

Overall the team had 15 hits with Thaiss getting three with four RBIs.

On the pitching side of the ledger, Griffin Canning (5-6) had an outstanding outing, going seven innings while giving up five hits and one run. He struck out eight batters and walked one.

“I’m not trying to put a grade on it, but I felt pretty good,” Canning said. “I had different stuff working. It’s always good to save some arms, with three days and four games coming up.”

The Angels will indeed be busy as they hit the road again to start a series with the Rangers in Arlington, Texas on Monday with a 5:05 p.m. start, Pacific Time.





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