Divine Angels douse Dodgers 5-0 in series opener
AP August 6, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels beat the cross-town Dodgers 5-0 on Monday in the opening of the latest Freeway Series, with Garrett Richards pitching his first career shutout.
It is a high-stakes series for both teams — not just because of local pride — with the Angels' victory keeping them within one game of American League West leader Oakland, which had a 10-inning victory over Tampa Bay.
The Dodgers' lead in the National League West was trimmed to 1-1/2 games ahead of San Francisco, which beat the New York Mets.
In another key clash of area rivals, Baltimore won at Washington in showdown of teams that hold top spot in the AL East and NL East respectively, while the New York Yankees were involved in yet another close game, edging Detroit.
Angels' sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had RBI doubles in a four-run first inning that effectively decided the game.
The only other run of the contest came from a Josh Hamilton homer in the sixth.
Richards (12-4) was dominant in his first nine-inning complete game, striking out nine and retiring 15 of 16 in the middle innings with a fastball regularly hitting 157 kph.
Baltimore's Caleb Joseph homered and drove in three runs while J.J. Hardy had four hits to lead the Orioles past Washington 7-3.
Hardy and Ryan Flaherty opened the seventh inning with successive doubles off Tanner Roark (11-7) to tie the game 3-3. Delmon Young followed with an RBI single and Adam Jones capped the turnaround with a run-scoring single.
Orioles' starter Kevin Gausman (6-3) pitched six innings to take the win in a game which made up for rainout four weeks prior.
Oakland stayed just ahead of the Angels by edging Tampa Bay, with Derek Norris coming up with the winning hit in the 10th inning against former Athletics' closer Grant Balfour.
The A's loaded the bases against Balfour (1-4), who received a mound visit before the manager, and then struck out Brandon Moss for the second out.
Norris delivered with only the second game-ending hit of his career, hitting a single up the middle.
New York's Brandon McCarthy won his fourth start in a row with a gritty effort as the Yankees beat Detroit 2-1 in the first of three-straight games against the Tigers' trio of pitching aces.
McCarthy (4-0) allowed one unearned run in 5 2-3 innings. The Yankees have won each of his five starts since being acquired from Arizona.
Tigers' starter Max Scherzer (13-4) took the loss despite giving up only a single and a sacrifice fly in seven innings. New signing David Price pitches for Detroit on Tuesday, followed by Justin Verlander on Wednesday.
San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval drove in three runs and got three hits, including an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Giants to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.
Cleveland's Corey Kluber allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings to win his fifth straight decision and lead the Indians over Cincinnati 7-1.
Chicago's Tyler Flowers homered and drove in three runs and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs to lead the White Sox over Texas 5-3 in a rain-shortened seven-inning game.
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