Richards goes 7 strong, Angels beat Phillies 3-0

By Associated Press 12:34am, May 14, 2014 - Updated 5:50pm, May 14, 2014
Efren Navarro (19) hits an RBI-single off A.J. Burnett during the second inning. (AP Photo/Uncredited)
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.


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