It’s only a four-team division and the Rangers still have a comfortable lead, but the Angels are suddenly in second place in the American League West.
Albert Pujols hit his fourth home run in five games and Ernesto Frieri converted his second save in as many chances as the Halos rolled to a 5-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday evening in Seattle.
Pujols is working on a six-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average from .211 (on May 21) to .232 as of May 26. Frieri, meanwhile, boasts a dominant 22/7 K/BB ratio and 0.00 ERA in 10 innings since being acquired from the Padres.
Things are finally going right for the Angels, who have rattled off five straight wins.
Your Saturday box scores:
Angels 5, Mariners 3
Blue Jays 7, Rangers 8 (13 innings)
Padres 0, Mets 9
Tigers 6, Twins 3
Royals 4, Orioles 3
Yankees 9, Athletics 2
Nationals 8, Braves 4
Indians 7, White Sox 14
Giants 3, Marlins 5
Phillies 4, Cardinals 0
Cubs 2, Pirates 3
Rockies 3, Reds 10
Rays 2, Red Sox 3
Astros 3, Dodgers 6
Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 8
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.