ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — While everybody else in the Los Angeles Angels' rotation has dealt with serious injuries and wild inconsistency this summer, Matt Shoemaker has been unshakable for two months.
His teammates provided the rookie with far more support than he required in his latest milestone win.
Mike Trout had an RBI double and Albert Pujols added a two-run single during Los Angeles' five-run fourth inning, and the Angels regained sole possession of the majors' best record with an 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Shoemaker (13-4) yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings as the Angels (78-53) moved one game ahead of the AL West rival Oakland Athletics, who lost to Houston.
Five days after Shoemaker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Fenway Park, he walked two and struck out six while holding his seventh straight opponent to fewer than two earned runs.
"It's confidence from consistent hard work," the heavily bearded Shoemaker said. "I want to go out there and use every pitch I can, and be aggressive every time."
Trout slowed his August slump with three hits, and Efren Navarro drove in two runs as the Angels pounded out 16 hits in their 10th victory in 14 games.
"We had a couple of great at-bats tonight from everybody," Trout said.
Six Angels drove in a run as their lineup bounced back from a poor series opener, but Los Angeles won with another outstanding start from its 27-year-old rookie right-hander. Shoemaker's emergence has steadied a rotation that lost Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs to season-ending injuries.
"You just can't ask for a better game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Today there was no doubt we needed some length from Matt. Getting into the seventh is huge."
With his fourth straight win, Shoemaker passed the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the major league victories lead among rookies.
Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) gave up 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings while dropping his third straight start for the Marlins, who have lost four of six.
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