- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece, Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings, and 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 Nolasco (4-6) was the loser.


TORONTO (AP) - Adam Lind had three hits and three RBIs, and J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings in Toronto’s shutout of Chicago.

Jose Reyes had four hits and scored twice as the AL East leaders handed the struggling White Sox their seventh loss in eight games. Chicago lost for the 10th time in 11 road games.

Happ (7-4) allowed four hits and won for the third time in five starts. The left-hander struck out a season-high eight.

Chicago center fielder Adam Eaton left in the first inning with cramps in his left leg.

Starting for the first time since May 19, White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll (2-4) gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Hot-hitting rookie Gregory Polanco homered and drove in four runs, and resurgent right-hander Vance Worley pitched Pittsburgh past New York.

Polanco drove in the first run with a groundout in the first inning, then hit a three-run homer off Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2) in the fifth to put the Pirates ahead 5-1.

Worley (2-0) scattered seven hits and struck out three. He has given up four runs in 20 2-3 innings over three starts since coming up from the minors on June 15.

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

Lucas Duda homered and David Wright had an RBI double for the Mets.


HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and rookie George Springer also went deep to back seven strong innings by Jarred Cosart in Houston’s victory over Atlanta.

Dominguez helped the Astros avoid a series sweep, snapping an 0-for-23 skid with his two-out shot to left-center off Mike Minor (2-5) that made it 5-1 in the fifth.

Cosart (8-5) allowed six hits and a run for his fourth straight victory.

Springer hit a solo drive 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.

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