Jun. 26, 2014
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs each and Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Angels completed a perfect homestand with a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Pujols had three hits and Josh Hamilton drove in a run to help the Angels win their sixth straight and move a season-best 11 games over .500 (44-33). Trout had two doubles, including a two-run drive down the left-field line in the seventh.
The Angels have won 15 of 17 in Anaheim, where they have the majors' best home record. Los Angeles swept Texas and Minnesota to complete its first unbeaten homestand with at least six games since May 2004.
Weaver (8-6) yielded eight hits — all singles — and struck out six to improve to 7-0 in eight career starts against Minnesota. The right-hander, who threw a no-hitter against Minnesota in 2012, has given up one run in 24 innings while striking out 24 in his last three home meetings with the Twins.
Joe Mauer hit a three-run double with two outs in the ninth for Minnesota.
Ricky (4-6) Nolasco was the loser.
ASTROS 6, BRAVES 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run home run and rookie George Springer also homered to back up seven strong innings by Jarred Cosart in Houston's victory over Atlanta.
Dominguez help the Astros avoid a series sweep, snapping an 0-for-23 skid with his two-out shot to left-center field off Mike Minor (2-5) that made it 5-1 in the fifth inning.
Cosart (8-5) allowed six hits and a run for his fourth straight victory.
Springer hit a solo homer off Juan Jaime in the seventh. He has 15 homers this season, the most by a rookie in franchise history before the All-Star Break. Lance Berkman had the previous mark with 12 in 2000.