Angels rout Marlins, retake lead in AL West

Angels rout Marlins, retake lead in AL West
August 26, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Mike Trout slowed his August slump with three hits, and Efren Navarro drove in two runs as the Angels pounded out 16 hits Tuesday. (AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Trout had an RBI double and Albert Pujols added a two-run single during Los Angeles' five-run fourth inning, and the Angels regained sole possession of the majors' best record with an 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Matt Shoemaker (13-4) yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings as the Angels (78-53) moved one game ahead of the AL West rival Oakland Athletics, who lost to Houston.

Trout slowed his August slump with three hits, and Efren Navarro drove in two runs as the Angels pounded out 16 hits in their 10th victory in 14 games.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) gave up 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings while dropping his third straight start for the Marlins, who have lost four of six.

Miami didn't get a runner to second base until Garrett Jones' two-out, two-strike double in the ninth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ensuing RBI double allowed the Marlins to avoid their first shutout loss since June 21.

Six Angels drove in a run as their lineup bounced back from a poor series opener and provided far more support than Shoemaker required.

Los Angeles got another outstanding start from its 27-year-old rookie right-hander, whose emergence has steadied a rotation that lost Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs to season-ending injuries.

Five days after Shoemaker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Fenway Park, he walked two and struck out six while holding his seventh straight opponent to fewer than two earned runs.

With his fourth straight win, Shoemaker passed the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the major league victories lead among rookies.

The Angels chased Eovaldi after their first six batters reached base in the fourth. Pujols then delivered a 6-0 lead on reliever Sam Dyson's first pitch.

Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Erick Aybar extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his sixth straight multi-hit performance as the Angels improved the majors' best interleague record since 2007 to 95-52.

Marlins: Reliever Bryan Morris was sent back to Miami after feeling discomfort in his right hip.

Angels: The Angels designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment and recalled reliever Yoslan Herrera to add fresh arms to their weary bullpen. Herrera pitched the ninth, giving up both Miami runs.

Marlins: Henderson Alvarez (10-5, 2.57 ERA) pitches the series finale.

Angels: Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.38) attempts to add to his late-season surge in his first career start against the Marlins.

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