Chris Volstad

Angels stave off playoff elimination in 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox

Angels stave off playoff elimination in 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox

Brandon Phillips sent one out, Luis Valbuena matched him, and, soon, Mike Trout topped them both. By launching three homers in a 15-minute span, the Angels ensured their playoff quest could last at least 24 more hours. They pummeled an inferior team and kept up with Minnesota, which can eliminate them with one more win.

The Angels pummeled the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Tuesday, another placid but humid night at barren Guaranteed Rate Field.

“We’re in it,” said the Angels’ starter, Parker Bridwell. “We’re not out yet.”

The White Sox announced a crowd of 13,786 fans in a 40,000-seat stadium that appeared at least three-quarters empty. Chicago started a 31-year-old...

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