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  • Angels draw closer to A's

  • ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.
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  • ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.
    The Angels' fourth straight victory reduced Oakland's lead 31/2 games, but it did not come without some controversy.
    Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Bob Davidson in the fifth inning for arguing after a call was overturned on replay.
    Oakland manager Bob Melvin challenged Trout's towering drive to right field, believing the ball was touched by a fan at the top of the 18-foot wall. Originally ruled a two-run homer, Trout was awarded an RBI double.
    Hank Conger had bunted for a hit and continued to second on the first of three throwing errors by third baseman Josh Donaldson — two of which led to unearned runs — ahead of Trout's hit.
    Richards (6-2) allowed a run and four hits, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander gave up just two harmless singles over his final 51/3 innings.
    Indians 17, Rangers 7
    At Arlington, Texas, Lonnie Chisenhall had three homers and nine RBIs in a five-hit game, leading Cleveland past the Texas.
    The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory on May 4, 1991, against Oakland.
    Michael Brantley homered and scored five times for the Indians. Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot in the eighth to give Cleveland a 17-6 lead. He also had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.
    The offensive outburst put Chisenhall in rare company. He became the fourth major league player since RBIs became a statistic in 1920 to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game. He was the first to do it since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to the Indians.
    White Sox 6, Tigers 5
    At Chicago, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in a three-run fifth inning and Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
    Gordon Beckham had three hits as the White Sox bounced back from a sluggish trip to Southern California.
    Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Eugenio Suarez homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have dropped seven of nine.
    Mariners 3, Rays 0
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and Seattle blanked Tampa Bay for the second straight game.
    Five Seattle pitchers combined on a five-hitter. The Mariners extended their scoreless streak to 19 innings and won for the eighth time in nine games.
    The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are saddled with the worst record in the major leagues at 24-41. The last time they were 17 games under .500 was the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays.
    Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
    At Baltimore, Bud Norris pitched eight innings of three-hit ball and Adam Jones hit one of Baltimore's three home runs against Boston.
    Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty also connected for the Orioles. Norris (5-5) struck out six and walked three while matching the longest outing of his career.
    Blue Jays 5, Twins 4
    At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Kevin Pillar singled home the winning run in the ninth to lift Toronto over Minnesota.
    The first two batters of the game, Danny Santana and Brian Dozier, homered for the Twins off R.A. Dickey, but Encarnacion's 20th of the season soon put Toronto ahead.
    National League
    Nationals 9, Giants 2
    At San Francisco, Ian Desmond had a career-high five RBIs and Stephen Strasburg won his third straight decision in Washington's victory over San Francisco.
    Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.
    Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.
    Dodgers 6, Reds 2
    At Cincinnati, Scott Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and Los Angeles pulled away from Cincinnati for a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series.
    Van Slyke hit a solo homer and a three-run shot off Cingrani (2-7), who could lose his spot in the rotation when Mat Latos returns from the disabled list later this week. Cingrani gave up a career-high six runs in 4 2-3 innings for his fifth straight loss.
    Pirates 6, Cubs 2
    At Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh over Chicago.
    McCutchen drove a two-run shot to right field in the third inning and added an RBI double in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (4-6).
    Braves 3, Rockies 1
    At Denver, Gavin Floyd pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win since returning last month from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, leading Atlanta over Colorado.
    Floyd, limited to five starts last season with the White Sox before undergoing Tommy John surgery, allowed one run and three hits in 62/3 innings for his first victory since beating Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2012.
    Interleague
    Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3
    At Phoenix, Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings in Houston's victory over Arizona.
    Dexter Fowler also had three hits and scored twice. Cosart (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits. The right-hander struck out eight, matching his career high set in his previous start against the Angels. He retired the first 10 batters, five by strikeout.
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