In Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels put an end to their season-best seven-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants with a 7-5 win, led by Brandon Drury who was just three runs shy of breaking the cycle and Lucas Giolito who gave up three innings in six innings.
With a single, fifth and double, Drury scored in each of the next five innings. He then grounded out for 0 hits in the eighth inning when he had thrown home an unearned run to close the game.
Giolito, who was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Angels on July 26, managed to win his first game with the team. He pitched a solid seventh strikeout and three earned runs in two starts for the club.
Los Angeles had Luis Rengifo, Mike Moustakas, and Hunter Renfroe pitching two hits. Meanwhile, San Francisco struggled with a losing effort as Wilmer Flores hit SS, finished with four RBI singles in his team’s win.
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The Angels’ new right-handed reliever, Dominic Leone, who recently signed a trade deadline agreement with the Mets, made his first save of the season by giving up one run in two innings.
The Giants started their game with Scott Alexander, a left-hander who was 6-2 but couldn’t secure an out.
The Angels’ second half was concluded by Alexander, who scored a brace and then went in for another. Rengifo had already led the charge before being hit by Shohei Ohtani, with Brandon Drury also impressing.
Jakob Junis, who was introduced to the game, allowed Renfroe an RBI double and an ECAC hit to Moustakas. Meanwhile, Thairo Estrada of the Giants made a mistake on second base during the relay home throw, which resulted in allowing Jeremy Fernandez to score his fourth run in the first inning.
The Giants had one out and loaded the bases, but Giolito kept them from scoring. Joc Pederson’s infield single gave San Francisco their first run of the game, while Wilmer Flores hit another two-run single to close the gap to 4-3.
In the fifth inning, Drury hit a solo homer off Alex Wood to put the Angels in front 5-3 and then scored firmly in the seventh with.3 on ‘Nick’ Moustakas’ sacrifice fly to take 2-1 and move up to third on an unforced double by C.J. Cron before falling back to 3-1 from 6-2 down for the second base that afternoon.
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