Los Angeles took two of three in the series to climb within 4 1/2 games of the AL West leaders.
“We had Joe Smith on the mound, and that’s our go-to guy,” Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said. “He gave up one today, but that’s the way the game rolls sometimes.”
Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are supposed to be the big homer hitters in the AL Championship Series. Didn’t work out that way in Game 1.
The Angels’ only hit against Felix Hernandez through the first six innings was a leadoff double to left-center in the fourth by All-Star MVP Mike Trout.
The Los Angeles Dodgers got another solid start from Zack Greinke and a big home run by Yasiel Puig.
Pinch-runner Skip Schumaker scored on the second wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro in the 10th inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Pinch hitter Guillermo Quiroz homered with one out in the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 10-9 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
Steve Pearce’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Mark Trumbo homered leading the bottom of the 13th inning and Albert Pujols doubled home two runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Sunday for their second straight series sweep of the Tigers.