The Anaheim Angels finally got a chance to make up some ground in the AL wild-card race Saturday, and they made the most of it.
The Angels will try to continue their push for a spot in the postseason when they conclude their weekend series with the Cleveland Indians.
The Angels beat the Indians 6-1 on Saturday to pull within 3 1/2 games of Boston in the wild-card race. The Red Sox had their 10-game winning streak snapped with an 8-6 loss to Texas on Saturday.
However, the Angels didn’t make up any ground in the AL West. First-place Oakland rallied for five runs in the ninth inning in a 9-5 win over Toronto and maintains a four-game lead over Anaheim.
The Angels have won 12 of 16, including a nine-game winning streak that ended on Aug. 28.
Despite a swarm of gnats hovering around the field Saturday, Garret Anderson went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, and Jarrod Washburn returned from more than a month on the disabled list two earn the win.
“It was disgusting, atrocious,” said Angels designated hitter Troy Glaus, who had to be attended to by a trainer when a bug flew into his eye during a fifth-inning at-bat. “There were too many to kill. There were millions of them — everywhere.”
Glaus, who had surgery on his right shoulder in May and spent 97 days on the DL, left the game after colliding with first baseman Josh Phelps in the fifth. The Angels announced after the game that he had irritated the shoulder and was removed for precautionary reasons.
“I wanted to make sure everything was all right,” said Glaus, who has 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in just 35 games this season. “At this point, we’re keeping an eye on it.”
Phelps doubled and Coco Crisp drove in the lone run for the Indians, who have lost four in a row and 15 of 19.