- Associated Press - Sunday, August 31, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs, rookie Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels finished off a four-game sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Sunday.

The Angels won their sixth in row and own the best record in the majors at 83-53. They shut out the A’s for the 29 consecutive innings while opening a five-game lead atop the AL West heading into September.

Trout had a two-run single during a six-run second inning. Chris Iannetta homered and had three hits for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. The A’s have lost 14 of 20.

Shoemaker (14-4) won for the sixth time in August and extended his scoreless streak to 23 1-3 innings.

Scott Kazmir (14-7) got just four outs. A’s manager Bob Melvin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after pulling Kazmir.

The Athletics acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox before the game.

MARINERS 5, NATIONALS 3

SEATTLE (AP) - Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat Washington.

Nate Schierholz also homered for Washington. The NL East-leading Nationals hit 10 home runs in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record for a three-game set established by Cleveland in 2009.

Washington has lost four of six. Seattle had lost three in a row, and had been 0-11 against the Nationals since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season.

The Mariners trailed 3-1 in the fifth when Ackley hit a three-run homer off Tanner Roark (12-9).

Hisashi Iwakuma (13-6) went six innings. In his last 11 starts, he is 8-2 with 72 strikeouts and five walks.

Fernando Rodney gave up a leadoff single to Harper in the ninth before getting his 39th save in 42 chances.

ORIOLES 12, TWINS 8

BALTIMORE (AP) - J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run and Ryan Flaherty also homered, leading Baltimore over Minnesota.

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