Twins Enter the Danger Zone
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs, and Garrett Richards was one out away from his second complete game this season as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 to sweep Saturday's day-night doubleheader.
Mike Trout and Chris Iannetta added solo homers for Los Angeles (76-72), which won its third straight in the series and pulled a game ahead of Minnesota (75-73) in the AL wild-card race.
Entering the nightcap, the two teams trailed Houston by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card. Houston is hosting Oakland on Saturday.
Richards (14-11) gave up five hits and two runs, including a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe.
Mike Pelfrey (6-10) allowed four runs on nine hits for Minnesota, which has lost five in a row at home.
Los Angeles took the first game of the doubleheader 4-3 when Kole Calhoun's liner eluded shortstop Eduardo Escobar's glove to allow Daniel Robertson to score from third in the 12th inning.