CHICAGO – Kole Calhoun homered and scored twice as the Los Angeles Angels held off the Chicago White Sox 7-5 to complete a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday night.
Howie Kendrick added two hits and scored two runs as the Angels won their second straight and moved to within 3 1/2 games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.
The Angels beat the White Sox 8-4 in the opener of a twin-bill quickly arranged after Monday’s game was rained out and are now 5-0 against Chicago this season.
Jered Weaver (9-6) worked 5 2/3 innings for the win, allowing nine hits while striking out six. Chicago starter Scott Carroll (2-5) took the loss after pitching six-plus innings and giving up seven runs on 10 hits.
The difference in the first game was that Mike Trout received plenty of help from his Los Angeles teammates, while Jose Abreu received virtually none in a loss that snapped Chicago’s three-game win streak. The White Sox mustered only two other hits against starter Garrett Richards (9-2) and a pair of relievers.
RAYS 2, YANKEES 1: In New York, David Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak, yet still did plenty to lead resurgent Tampa Bay to its fourth straight victory.
Price (7-7) struck out nine.
ORIOLES 8, RANGERS 3: In Baltimore, Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run, Steve Pearce and Caleb Joseph also went deep against rookie Nick Martinez and Baltimore breezed.
TWINS 10, ROYALS 2: In Minneapolis, Joe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered to lead Minnesota.
The team said Mauer strained a muscle on his right side and will be evaluated today.
PIRATES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In Pittsburgh, Starling Marte hit a two-run double to tie the game with one out in the ninth inning and then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis’ single two batters later as Pittsburgh rallied.
NATIONALS 7, ROCKIES 1: In Washington, Stephen Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2/3 dominant innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBI in Washington’s victory.
BRAVES 5, METS 4: In Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single in Atlanta’s three-run fourth helped Atlanta win its sixth straight, its longest streak of the season.
MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 4, 11 inn.: In Miami, Ed Lucas’ single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th inning and Miami broke a four-game losing streak.
BLUE JAYS 4, BREWERS 1: In Toronto, Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit solo home runs, Drew Hutchison struck out a career-high 10 to snap a two-start losing streak for Toronto.