SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Trout hit a home goal for the fifth time in the five-game series and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday.
Trout hit two home runs in the series opener and one in each of the last three games. The five home runs set the record for any player in a single series against the Mariners along with George Bell in 1987 and Boston’s Trevor Story earlier that season.
Trout’s two-run drive in the fourth inning was his 52nd career homer against Seattle, who tied with Rafael Palmeiro for the most catching up of any player outside of the Mariners.
Los Angeles won four out of five against Seattle. Prior to that series, the Angels had lost 18 of their last 20 games, including a 14-game losing streak.
“It’s big for us,” Trout said. “Of course it’s good to win a few games after the slip we had last week.”
The three-time AL MVP hit a homer, all fastballs, on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. He worked a full count before connecting.
“You go up and throw whatever you want to throw. If he’s locked up like that, usually in four, five shots, he’s going to get in one,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said. “What he did this weekend was impressive. Not to mention every inning of every game, some great plays in midfield and of course the big home runs every day.”
Trout has 21 home runs this season, four behind Major League leader Aaron Judge of the Yankees.
“You’re talking about a man carrying a team or whatever, it’s just uplifting for the whole group to see their man to lean on,” Nevin said. “It won’t always be him, but it certainly was this weekend.”
Max Stassi added an RBI double for the Angels.
Kenny Rosenberg was called up by the Triple-A Salt Lake City Angels to his first career start and third major league appearance. The left-hander held the Mariners to two hits in 4 2-3 innings.
“He had great stuff today,” Trout said. “He threw everyone off balance.”
Andrew Wantz (1-0) clinched the win, pitching the sixth inning with two strikeouts. Six angels pitchers combined on a two-hitter.
“When it rains, it pours. We’re in a crisis right now. We didn’t play good baseball,” said Scott Servais, Seattle manager have to.”
Logan Gilbert (7-3) gave up two carries and four hits in six innings.
The Mariners loaded the bases in the fourth on two walks and a single by JP Crawford, but Cal Raleigh landed on the floor.
Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez appeared to smash an infield hit to lead the first. Shortstop Andrew Velazquez had to dive right to deal with the sharp grounder, and after a check his throw barely beat Rodriguez. “This is a huge game for me in terms of first-inning momentum,” Rosenberg said.
Just before Ty France entered the batter’s box in game five against Jose Quijada, the alarm system throughout the stadium began to blare. The alarm sounded for a few minutes before turning off. France then landed to strand a runner at third base, and the Mariners didn’t get a baserunner for the rest of the game.
The Angels optioned INF Jack Mayfield to Triple-A Salt Lake pregame to make room for Rosenberg. LHP Jose Suarez returned to Salt Lake City as the 27th player of the day after Saturday’s doubleheader.
Angels: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 3.53) opens a three-game series at home against Kansas City. Syndergaard has lost two starts in a row despite only giving up one heat at a time. He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his 10 starts.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-7, 3.41) will start in Oakland as Seattle opens a six-game road trip. Gonzales’ last win came at home against Oakland on May 23. Since then he has lost three out of four starts.
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