PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Garrett Richards tossed a five-hitter over seven sharp innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series.
Mike Trout went 1 for 4 with a triple, walk and stolen base. The two-time All-Star finished his first homecoming series 2 for 9. Trout grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey. More than 4,000 people from the small town came to see him Tuesday night and there were plenty of fans wearing No. 27 Angels jerseys in the stands again.
Richards (4-0) struck out eight, had no walks and lowered his ERA to 2.42. Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect eighth and Joe Smith finished off the five-hitter for his fifth save in seven tries.
Phillies starter A.J. Burnett (2-3) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked five.
The Angels have won five of six to move a season-high three games above .500 at 21-18. The Phillies have lost three straight and seven of nine to fall a season-worst four games under .500 at 17-21.
The Angels got a run in each of the first three innings. Richards did the rest.
Albert Pujols hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a single by Raul Ibanez. The former Phillies All-Star heard familiar “Rauuuul” chants when he came to the plate. Ibanez helped the Phillies win the NL pennant in 2009 and was a fan favorite during three seasons in Philadelphia from 2009-11.
Efren Navarro hit an RBI single with two outs in the second to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.
Erick Aybar ripped an RBI double to right-center in the third to make it 3-0. But Burnett escaped more trouble with the bases loaded and no outs. He struck out Grant Green and retired Luis Jimenez on a third-to-first double play.
Richards pitched out of his only jam in the sixth after Chase Utley’s second double of the game put runners at second and third with one out. Richards then struck out Ryan Howard and retired Marlon Byrd on a soft liner.
Trout led off the seventh with a triple off reliever Mike Adams. He dove headfirst into third base and got up to cheers. Adams left him there, though. He fanned Pujols and Ibanez, walked Aybar and retired Hank Conger on a pop-up.
The Phillies are 6-11 at home. They’ve scored two runs or less at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park five times in 17 games. They’re 1-8 in interleague play.
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