La Stella’s Clutch Hit Lifts Braves Past Angels 7-3

ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy La Stella had three hits, including a two-run double in Atlanta’s four-run sixth, and the Braves beat Hector Santiago and the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Sunday night.
La Stella, the rookie second baseman, is hitting .411 with at least two hits in nine of his 16 games.

Evan Gattis and Justin Upton also had run-scoring singles in the sixth as the Braves rallied against Santiago (0-7) after trailing 3-0. Jason Heyward hit a homer in the seventh and made two strong defensive plays in right field to take hits away from Mike Trout.

Trout had three hits, including a homer. Erick Aybar also homered for the Angels before leaving the game with a sore left hip.

Anthony Varvaro (2-1) had three strikeouts in two perfect innings.

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