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9/1/2014
Halos Heavenly in 4-game Sweep
Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton, center, has his helmet taken off by Mike Trout after scoring on a single by Erick Aybar during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton, center, has his helmet taken off by Mike Trout after scoring on a single by Erick Aybar during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FROM AP REPORTS


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting.

California's AL West powers are headed into September in very different moods after the Angels seized control of the division race in one remarkable weekend.

Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs, Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, and the Angels completed a masterful four-game sweep of the A's with an 8-1 victory Sunday.

Chris Iannetta also homered and had three hits for the Angels, who took a five-game lead in the division standings with the best record in the majors at 83-53. Outpitching the A's vaunted staff and outhitting Oakland's usually productive lineup, Los Angeles outscored the A's 18-4 in the four-game set.

"We're having fun and we're winning ballgames, but it's still August," LA's Steve Trout said. "Can't get too excited yet."

Still, it's tough for the Angels not to get a little bit stoked by their surge, which includes a six-game winning streak. They shut out the A's for the 29 consecutive innings during the series, and their sellout crowd loudly chanted "Sweep! Sweep!" as the Angels finished it off.

Trout had a two-run single during a six-run second inning for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. The A's have lost 14 of 20.




ORIOLES 12, TWINS 8: In Baltimore, J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning, and Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run.

Caleb Joseph had a career-high four hits for the Orioles, who extended their AL East lead over the second-place New York Yankees to nine games.

Baltimore will seek to complete its first four-game home sweep of the Twins on Monday. The Orioles did, however, take all five games of a home series with Minnesota in 1966.

WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 2: In Chicago, Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month, and Chicago won after trading Adam Dunn.

The White Sox sent Dunn to Oakland before the game, ending a disappointing four-year run in Chicago for the veteran slugger.

Then, they took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Tigers to salvage a four-game split. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and the White Sox won after dropping 10 of 12.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

GIANTS 15, BREWERS 5: In San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer among his three RBIs and finished a double shy of the cycle, powering San Francisco to a three-game sweep and sixth straight win.

Madison Bumgarner (16-9) followed up his one-hit gem Tuesday against Colorado with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his third straight start. The left-hander finished August at 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA.

Hunter Pence extended his NL-leading hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning RBI double, the first of his four hits. The Brewers lost their season-high fifth straight road game and dropped into a tie for the NL Central lead with St. Louis.

INTERLEAGUE

MARINERS 5, NATS 3: In Seattle, Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.

Bryce Harper homered twice for Washington and Nate Schierholz also connected. The NL East-leading Nationals homered 10 times in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record set by Cleveland in 2009.

The Mariners trailed 3-1 in the fifth when Ackley hit a three-run homer off Tanner Roark (12-9). It was his 11th homer this season.

Ackley also singled home a run, and tied his career high for RBIs in a game. He is hitting .319 with 19 extra-base hits since the All-Star break.

Hisashi Iwakuma (13-6) went six innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He struck out six and walked none.

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







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