Trout's HR, Simmons' crazy tag lead Angels past Mariners 5-4

Ross Houston
April 9, 2017

The night also included some wonderful defense from Andrelton Simmons, three hits from slow-starting Albert Pujols, a tie-breaking homer among Yunel Escobar's three hits, a quality start from Ricky Nolasco and some out-of-the-box bullpen management by Mike Scioscia.

At 4-2, the Angels are off to their best start after six games since 2008, when they compiled the same record. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Royals.

Seattle lost for the fifth time in six games this season.

With the scored tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Trout crushed a two-run homer off Seattle reliever Evan Scribner deep into the night.

Jean Segura got his third hit on an infield single off Ramirez, who struck out Mitch Haniger before being replaced by Bedrosian. Nelson Cruz scored him with a sacrifice fly to right off reliever Cam Bedrosian.

The Angels, meanwhile, went about tying the score back up against right-hander Felix Hernandez. Segura began the game by lining a single into center field, then Haniger sent Nolasco's 90 miles per hour fastball over the center-field fence for his second home run this season.

Maybin put his first homer for the Angels into the elevated right-field stands in the sixth inning. Segura kept running as Yunel Escobar threw across the diamond.

Still, it made for the 603rd double of his career, tying him with Cal Ripken Jr. for 14th on baseball's all-time list.

Athletics 6, Rangers 1: Kendall Graveman held Texas hitless until Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the seventh inning, and Oakland beat the Rangers. The Angels have produced five or more runs in four of their last five games and have won 11 straight games when scoring more than three runs.

But they had never had a meeting like their first one Saturday. Saturday night also marked the 18th anniversary of LHP Jim Abbott's major league debut with the Angels.

He signed with the Angels following the 2016 season, when he pitched briefly for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mariners wasted a chance to regain the lead after Danny Valencia's leadoff double in the fifth.

What a battle: Trout has hit Mariners ace Felix Hernandez very hard throughout his career - including seven home runs - but also has struck out against the former Cy Young Award victor 26 times, more than he has against any other pitcher. Trout worked an 0-2 count to 3-2 and fouled off eight pitches before looking at a 92 miles per hour fastball on the inside corner for a called third strike.

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