Street could relax as
"We broke it open late, but for most part, Shoe pitched with his back to the wall the whole game," Manager
The Angels used three singles that touched the gloves of infielders to score twice in the seventh for a 2-1 lead. Mike Trout led off the eighth with a homer to right, and
"Our pitching is really picking up our offense, and we need that," Iannetta said. "There's going to come a time when they're going to hit their ups and downs, and hopefully the offense will pick them up and score a bunch of runs to cover them."
A rotation that leads the
The offense entered Saturday ranked 14th in the AL in average (.231) and runs (128) and last in on-base percentage (.290) and on-base plus slugging (.639). The Angels have been limited to three runs or fewer in 20 of 36 games but are 7-13 in those games because of their pitching.
It's a formula that has worked, but one the Angels can't count on all summer.
"We've been pitching well, and our bullpen has really settled in and is doing a great job," Scioscia said. "But I don't think we can keep this kind of pressure on our pitching staff and have long-term success. At some point, we need to open it up a little bit and start to get some early runs."
Scioscia shook up the lineup again Saturday in an effort to boost a cleanup spot that has knocked in one run this month and none in the last 12 games.
Entering Saturday, Angels cleanup batters ranked last in the major leagues in average (.173), OBP (.257) and OPS (.564) and 29th in slugging (.307).
The original plan was for
Scioscia wants to keep Kole Calhoun in the leadoff spot, so batting fourth Saturday, for only the third time in his career, was shortstop
"Right now, necessity is the mother of invention," Scioscia said. "We're trying to get some continuity through the middle of the order. We've struggled to find some guys who are going to hit behind Mike and Albert [Pujols].