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Richards goes 7 strong, Angels beat Phillies 3-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Garrett Richards helped Mike Trout have a perfect homecoming trip.

Richards tossed a five-hitter over seven sharp innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series.

Trout went 1 for 4 with a triple, walk and stolen base. The two-time All-Star went 2 for 9 in his first series against the team he rooted for growing up. 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.

"It was a quick two days, two wins," Trout said. "It's been a blast. I was feeling something special just driving to the stadium."

Richards (4-0) struck out eight with 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.

"I was keeping the ball down in the zone," Richards said. "My two-seam fastball was working well. Mainly I got ahead with my fastball then kept them off balance with breaking balls."

Phillies starter A.J. Burnett (2-3) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked five.

"I'm not a negative person, so I'm not going to pout," Burnett said.

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 who 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.

Efren Navarro had an RBI single with two outs in the second to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.

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