Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season with a four-hitter and Howie Kendrick homered leading the Angels to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. The Athletics who clinched their second straight division title Sunday remain a game behind the Red Sox for the best record in the majors following Boston’s 8-3 loss at Colorado. Vargas (9-7) threw 110 pitches retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point and striking out five en route to his fifth shutout and 10th complete game in 153 career starts. The left-hander who was acquired from Seattle last December for slugger Kendrys Morales is 3-3 with a 4.64 ERA in his last nine outings after missing almost two months because of a blood clot near his armpit. Griffin (14-10) gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. The 25-year-old right-hander was 4-0 in his previous five outings including a no-decision last Wednesday against the Angels when he retired 17 of his final 18 batters and allowed one hit over six innings — a two-run homer by Mike Trout. Griffin finished his first full big league campaign with a 3.83 ERA 171 strikeouts in 200 innings and a major league-worst 36 home runs allowed. The Oakland single-season record in that department is held by Catfish Hunter who gave up 39 in 1973 and still won 21 games.
Angels' Vargas shuts down A's in 3-0 win
L.A. Daily News | Sep 25