Second baseman Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles throws to first as Shin-Soo choo of the Cleveland Indians is out at second during their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland Sunday. — AFP
ANAHEIM, California — Albert Pujols and Bobby Wilson homered, and Mike Trout scored a run in his 14th consecutive game to set an AL rookie record, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers Sunday to win the three-game series.
Dan Haren pitched effectively in his first start off the disabled list for the two-time defending AL champion Rangers who ended their road trip 4-4, while their lead over the Angels in the AL West was reduced to five games. The teams play each other 10 more times during the regular season, including a four-game series at Texas beginning July 30.
Haren (7-8) threw 95 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks while striking out three.
The three-time All-Star, whose streak of 254 consecutive starts ended because of tightness in his lower back after his outing on July 3, had to contort himself to get out of the way of a vicious line-drive single by Michael Young that buzzed past his head with one out in the fourth.
Athletics 5, Yankees 4: Seth Smith hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 12th and the surging Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to stun the New York Yankees and complete a four-game sweep.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4: Miguel Cabrera homered twice, reaching 300 for his career and helping the Tigers finish a three-game sweep of Chicago.
Orioles 4, Indians 3: Zach Britton pitched six shutout innings, J.J. Hardy drove in three runs and Baltimore beat Cleveland for its fifth straight win.
Blue Jays 15, Red Sox 7: Brett Lawrie hit the game’s first pitch for one of Toronto’s four homers and the Blue Jays tagged Jon Lester for a career-worst 11 runs to complete a three-game sweep of Boston.
J.P. Arencibia, Rajai Davis and Travis Snider also homered for the Blue Jays.
Mariners 2, Rays 1: Blake Beavan scattered four hits over eight innings and Seattle edged Tampa Bay to finish a 5-2 road trip.
Twins 7, Royals 5: Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs to lead Minnesota over Kansas City. — Agencies