Alone atop the AL West for the first time in three seasons, the Los Angeles Angels are not about to change the collective approach that brought them there.
The visiting Angels look to maintain their focus while trying for a 10th straight victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each homered, and Kole Calhoun continued his offensive tear with two hits and two RBIs as Los Angeles (72-49) won its fourth in a row with a second straight 5-4 victory Saturday.The win, coupled with Oakland's fourth straight defeat Saturday against Atlanta, allowed the Angels to overtake the Athletics by two percentage points for the top spot in the AL West.Though Los Angeles currently owns baseball's best record, it won't read too much into sitting alone atop the division for the first time since May 15, 2011."Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves," Pujols said. "When we accomplish our goal, then we can talk about it."That mindset has been a key to the team's success."It can swing really quickly, so let's just play for the day," said Huston Street, who has not allowed a run while converting all nine save chances since being traded to the Angels on July 18."Show up every day with the idea that we're going to play hard," Street added. "It's a humble approach. It's a quiet, winning attitude."The Angels got to this point amid their longest single-season winning streak over the lowly Rangers (47-76), who have dropped four in a row.Calhoun is batting .441 with seven RBIs in the last seven games, and .343 with eight driven in versus Texas this season.Pujols is hitting .341 with two homers and seven RBIs against the Rangers in 2014.While Calhoun's only hit in five at-bats versus Texas' Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.29 ERA) left the park, Pujols is 2 for 3 against him.Teammate Mike Trout is 2 for 4 with a home run and double against Tepesch, but has gone hitless -- 0 for 16 -- in four straight starts for the first time in his career.Tepesch gave up three runs, including that solo homer to Trout, in six-plus innings of a 3-0 home loss to the Angels on July 11.The right-hander has been solid in his last two starts, pitching 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 6, then allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings in Tuesday's 3-2, 14-inning victory over Tampa Bay.Los Angeles counters with Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.59), who allowed two hits in six scoreless innings of a 3-1 loss to Boston last Sunday. Since being called up from the minors June 10, Santiago is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in nine starts."I want to do my job," he told the Angels' official website. "I know I'm in the rotation for the rest of the season."The left-hander, however, is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two starts against the Rangers this year.Adrian Beltre is 4 for 10 with two homers and a double versus Santiago, while Alex Rios is 3 for 8 with two home runs.Rios' two-run single Saturday is only the fifth hit in his last 45 at-bats.