It’s official. After 4 1/2 months, the Los Angeles Angels have passed the Oakland Athletics to move into first place in the AL West.
The Athletics took a loss to Atlanta on Saturday leaving the Angels alone in first place of the division for the first time since 2011
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet,”Angels first baseman Albert Pujols told Fox Sports. “Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. When we accomplish our goal, then we can talk about it.”
Pujols and Howie Kendrick both hit home runs in last night’s victory. For Kendrick, it was his ninth home run in Arlington, the most he has hit in any road ballpark. He also hit two singles.
Kole Calhoun hit a single and a double for two RBIs, stretching his hit streak to seven games. Calhoun has had multiple hits in each game. He also has five RBIs in the first two games of the series.
This is the fourth straight loss for the Texas Rangers who are currently in last place in the AL West. They have lost nine straight games against the Angels, tying a record from 1985.
Huston Street pitched another scoreless ninth inning for the Angels, earning him his 33rd save of the season. Street has let to allow a run in his twelve games as an Angel and has become a key factor to the team’s second half success.
“He’s just a bona fide closer,” manager Mike Scioscia told ESPN. “He has created an opportunity for us to shorten the game by moving (Kevin) Jepsen up to the seventh inning, and Joe Smith up to the eighth.”
The Angels will be concluding this series on Sunday looking to maintain first place in their division and break their record for most consecutive wins against Texas.