Ward, Canning shine and command Angels victory vs. Athletics

Ward, Canning shine and command Angels victory vs. Athletics
Ward, Canning shine and command Angels victory vs. Athletics

ANAHEIM, California — Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer, Griffin Canning pitched seven solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Monday night.

Ward gave the Angels a 2-0 lead with his liner to right field in the first inning and made a spectacular leaping catch for the second straight game in the ninth. He did the same at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

Zach Neto, Luis Rengifo and Willie Calhoun each had a pair of hits and Neto scored twice.

The Angels, 25th in the majors averaging 4.03 runs per game, got more than enough on Monday thanks to a solid outing from Canning.

Canning (3-8) allowed one earned run and struck out five. He only allowed five hits, including Tyler Nevin’s first-pitch homer in the second inning.

For the Athletics, Dominican Miguel Andújar went 1 for 3.

For the Angels, Venezuelan Luis Rengifo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

 
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