Angels surprise league-leading Cards; Braves within half game

By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Braves tightened their hold on second place and moved just a half game behind the Cardinals defeating the Giants 5-2 Friday night.

The Atlanta nine scored the winning run in the third inning when Dylan Rhodes scored on Clayton Coats’ sacrifice to center field. The Braves added insurance in the fourth and fifth innings.

Coats threw five innings and sent six to the dugout on strikes and Brett Woolley was the closer.

Braves’ offense: Rhodes (2-2, triple, 3 runs), Nick Burns (single, run), Coats (2 RBI), Brett Woolley (2-2, double, run), Ryan Knight (single) and Colby Easter (single).

Giants’ offense: Jacob Lemus (single, run), Austin Ratliff (run), Zach Chamizo (2-3, RBI) and Kyle Wehner (RBI).

For the Giants, Jack Corriveau went four innings and was relieved by Lemus. They combined for two Ks.

The Giants committed one error, the Braves two.

Astros 13, Phillies 3

The Brotherly Love boys continued to struggle as the Houston nine handed them their ninth loss.

After falling behind 6-1 in the early going, the Phillies came back with three runs to close the gap. But an explosive fourth inning by the Astros, including a two-run home run by Gavin Young put an end to the Phils’ hopes.

Astros’ offense: Cole Brown (double, run, RBI), Shane Dunn (double, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Nolan Chapple (1-2, 3 runs), Max Pettey (double, run, 3 RBI), Young (3-3, double, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Addison Ewing (3-3, run, RBI), Jake Sbaffi (run), Shane Solander (run) and Sean Kearney (run).

Phils’ offense: Isaiah Oates (2-2, 2 runs), Grady Manley (single, run), Bryce Bergman (RBI) and Matthew Miller (single).

Pettey pitched 3 1/3 innings collecting seven strikeouts and Young closed with two Ks.

Miller threw for 1 2/3 innings, earning four strikeouts, Hatten had two Ks in two innings of work and Ordonio threw in the fourth inning.

Angels 7, Cardinals 6

All it takes is one run and the Halos managed to come up with it in the bottom of the sixth when Aiden Isola drove in Jacob Dugan with a walk-off single to center field to defeat the league-leading Cardinals Tuesday.

The St. Lou Crew looked as if they might run away with the game when they scored six runs in the second inning to take a 6-2 lead. But the Anaheim nine battled back for the victory.

Angels’ offense: Aiden Isola (2-4, double, run, 3 RBI), Nate Schmich (3-3, double, run, RBI), Evan Odin (1-3, double, run, RBI), Colby Green (2-3, RBI), Dugan (run), Sam Sommerhauser (run), Logan Gross (double, run, RBI) and Avery Isola (run).

Cardinals’ offense: Cole Vineyard (1-4, run, RBI), Gage Eastlick (3-3, run), Wyatt Arbaugh (1-4), Aiden Barfield (1-2, double, run, RBI), Garret Tofft (run), Jason Johnson (1-1, run) and Michael Pinney (1-2, run, 2 RBI).

Odin pitched 4 1/3 innings and Green threw 1 2/3. Odin had five strikeouts, Green two.

Eastlick went the distance for the Cards, picking up four Ks.

The Cardinals had just one error in the game, the Angels two.

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Majors Baseball Standings

Team              W-L    GB

Cardinals         10-3     --

Braves             9-3       ½

Astros              6-5       3   

Angels             6-6       3 ½ 

Pirates             4-8       5 ½  

Giants              4-8       5 ½ 

Phillies             3-9       6 ½