The best fireworks on July 4 came from the Angels.
Anaheim’s offense combined for five doubles, two homers, and 15 total hits Saturday in a 13-0 rout of the host Rangers. The only position player who didn’t manage a hit was a Mike Trout, though he did draw a walk in the top of the second inning and score a run after a hit-by-pitch in the top of the sixth.
Angels left-hander Hector Santiago cruised over seven innings, yielding just three hits and a walk to lower his already-shiny season ERA to 2.40.
Anaheim will be chasing a sweep Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. The club is four games back of the American League West-leading Astros.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …
Giants 3, Nationals 9
Rays 2, Yankees 3
Blue Jays 3, Tigers 8
Astros 1, Red Sox 6
Orioles 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Cardinals 2
Mariners 0, Athletics 2
Indians 0, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Royals 3
Phillies 5, Braves 9
Marlins 2, Cubs 7
Brewers 7, Reds 3
Mets 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 13, Rangers 0
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 7
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.