Justin Upton, Parker Bridwell lead Angels past Cole Hamels, Rangers


ANAHEIM — The Angels didn’t get much Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

Turned out they didn’t need much.

Or so it seemed at first glance of their 2-0 victory in front of 40,719 at Angel Stadium, which when coupled with the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays moved them within one game of the second wild-card spot in the American League.

Justin Upton homered twice to spark the Angels’ offense, Parker Bridwell threw six-plus innings of shutout ball to win a pitchers’ duel with the Rangers’ Cole Hamels and the bullpen sealed the deal with superb work in the late innings.

Upton gave Bridwell (8-2) the smallest of leads when he hammered a 1-and-1 pitch from Hamels (10-4) over the left-field fence for his second home run with the Angels and his 30th overall this season. It also tied his career high for RBI in a season with 102.

The first of Upton’s two homers was just the sort of offensive punch the Angels were looking for when they acquired him Aug. 31 from the Detroit Tigers. The Angels needed more than they were getting in what amounted to a one-two punch of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

The deeper and more balanced Angels grabbed a 1-0 lead and held onto it, thanks in great part to Bridwell’s standout…



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