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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 9-6 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona’s four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy (5-3), who had the shortest start of his outstanding season for the Angels.

The right-hander yielded five earned runs on six hits and two walks while getting chased in the third.

Calhoun connected for a two-run shot in the seventh after homering twice Tuesday night in his first game back at Angel Stadium, where he spent eight seasons as the Angels’ right fielder before leaving last winter. Calhoun went 2 for 5, giving him five hits and seven RBIs in two games against his old teammates.

Peralta followed with a homer in his second straight game while getting three hits for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of six.

Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention.

Mike Trout had an RBI double for the Angels (20-30), who officially have five consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time since 1994. One more loss will clinch five straight losing seasons for the Halos for the first time since 1977.

After Caleb Smith started with two innings in his second appearance for Arizona, Taylor Clarke (2-0) took over and yielded six hits and four runs over five innings. Stefan Crichton pitched the ninth for his third save, including two straight in Anaheim.

Peralta hit the tiebreaking eighth-inning homer in Tuesday night’s victory, and he drove in Arizona’s first run against Bundy with a single in the second.

Walsh connected in the fifth for his sixth homer in seven games, and Upton added his seventh of the season in the sixth.


Shohei Ohtani was out of the Angels’ starting lineup for the fourth straight game. Ohtani is batting .189 with five homers and 20 RBIs this season, and manager Joe Maddon says they don’t have time for the two-way star to hit his way out of a slump.

“I really anticipate a good result when he gets back out there,” Maddon said. “We’re playing the long game here. He’s going to be just fine, but for right now, in this little bubble that we’re in, we’re trying to get to the playoffs. I just thought this is the group to play right now to get us where we want to be in about a week or 10 days.”

Albert Pujols, who’s batting .222, went 0 for 4 in Ohtani’s place as the Angels’ designated hitter. Right fielder Jo Adell went 0 for 4, extending his slump to 0 for 24 with 13 strikeouts.


Diamondbacks: Reliever Merrill Kelly should be able to return at full strength next spring. Kelly needed thoracic outlet surgery after a blood clot in his shoulder was removed.

Angels: INF Franklin Barreto is still feeling pain from his dislocated shoulder, and he could need surgery. He played only six games after Los Angeles acquired him from Oakland. … The Angels optioned Matt Thaiss and recalled LHP Patrick Sandoval, who pitched four innings of relief while allowing four hits and three runs.


Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.57 ERA) takes his 10th shot at his first victory of the season for the Angels in the series finale against Alex Young (2-3, 4.42 ERA) and the Diamondbacks.


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Too late for Texas to use straight-ticket voting, court says

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — November’s elections are too close for Texas to make changes now and restore a straight-ticket voting option that was sought by Democrats, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Most states don’t offer straight-ticket voting, which allows voters to more quickly cast a ballot by choosing a party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark. Texas offered the options for decades, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law in 2017 that eliminated the option starting this fall.

A federal judge in Laredo said in a ruling last week that the pandemic should give Texas pause about longer lines at polling places. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that changes shouldn’t be made so close to the Nov. 3 elections, and with early voting starting in Texas in just two weeks.

Democrats had sued to restore straight-ticket voting in March, citing long Super Tuesday lines in Houston where some voters waited more than an hour to vote. They said the law disproportionately hurts Black and Latino voters in big urban counties, where ballots are typically longer and take more time to fill out.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said “last-minute changes to our voting process would do nothing but stir chaos.”

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