Los Angeles is hot as Angels, Dodgers win
August 2, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
DETROIT -- Los Angeles is the hot city as the Major League Baseball season heads into August, with both the Angels and the Dodgers winning on Thursday to assert their credentials as pennant contenders in their respective leagues.
The Angels came out on top of a dour struggle at Baltimore, scoring the only run in the 13th inning, while the Dodgers won a similarly tight encounter with Atlanta to complete a three-game series sweep.
Elsewhere, the Chicago White Sox won at Detroit on a day the Tigers made a big signing, and Seattle's Mike Zunino came up with a late homer that lifted the Mariners to victory at Cleveland.
Angels' slugger Albert Pujols broke the stalemate at Baltimore with an RBI single in the 13th inning that secured a 1-0 win.
Kole Calhoun drew a leadoff walk from Ryan Webb (3-2) and Mike Trout singled before Pujols lined a single past the drawn-in infield, giving the Angels a win that moved them within two games of American League West leader Oakland.
Los Angeles' starter Tyler Skaggs did not give up a hit in 4-2/3 innings before leaving with tightness in his left forearm, but six relievers helped keep the Orioles scoreless.
The cross-town Dodgers moved 3-1/2 games clear atop the National League West by downing Atlanta 2-1.
Los Angeles' starter Clayton Kershaw (13-2) threw a second-straight complete game, producing nine strikeouts as he tied his career-best winning streak at 10 games. Curiously, it was the first time in his career he had beaten the Braves in a regular-season game.
Yasiel Puig homered as the Dodgers stretched their winning streak to a season-high six and swept the Braves for the first time since 1990.
Detroit made headlines by acquiring star pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay, but the day was tarnished by a 7-4 loss to the White Sox.
Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece for Chicago. Abreu's hitting streak reached 20 games.