After three losses to the National League East leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their skid and beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Sunday.
Mookie Betts singled in what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning; it was his 99th RBI of the season. James Outman singled in an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
The Dodgers are now 84-52 and lead the NL West by 14.5 games over the second place Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants, each 70-67.
After taking Labor Day off, they will go to Miami on Tuesday to begin a series with the Marlins.
Angels can’t hold lead, lose to A’s
Repeating a pattern that’s plagued them all season, the Los Angeles Angels built an early lead and lost it, losing 10-6 Sunday to the A’s in Oakland, being swept in four games with the team that has the worst record in Major League Baseball.
The Halos got a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, helped by a two-run homer by Eduardo Escobar (his sixth), but the A’s took the lead with four runs in the sixth and six runs in the seventh to fall behind 10-4.
Jose Soriano (0-1) took the loss. In one-third of an inning, he yielded three hits and four earned runs. He walked two batters and struck out none.
The Angels hurt their cause with two fielding errors that cost them two runs. The other Angel home run was a two-run shot in the top of the ninth by Luis Rengifo (15th).
Now 64-73, the Angels remain in fourth place in the American League West, 13.5 games out of first and 12.5 games back of a wild card spot.
On Monday, they’ll be back in Anaheim to host the Baltimore Orioles, leaders in the AL East.
Georgia is Number 1 in AP poll
The rest of the Top 5 are Michigan (1-0), Ohio State (1-0), Alabama (1-0) and LSU (0-0).
USC (2-0) is sixth and other Pac-12 teams ranked are Washington (1-0) in 10th, Oregon (1-0) in 15th and Oregon State (1-0) in 16th.
UCLA (1-0) is unranked but received enough votes to be 28th.