SEATTLE – Mike Trout homered for the fifth time in the five-game series and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday.
Trout has homered twice in Game 1 of the series and one in each of the last three games. The five home runs tied the record for any player in a single series against the Mariners, with George Bell in 1987 and Boston’s Trevor Story earlier this season.
Trout’s two-run drive in the fourth inning was his 52nd career home run against Seattle, tying Rafael Palmeiro for the most by any Mariners player.
Los Angeles won four of five against Seattle. Prior to this series, the Angels had lost 18 of the previous 20 games, including a 14-game losing streak.
“It’s important to us,” Trout said. “Obviously after the slippage we had last week, it’s good to win games.”
The three-time AL MVP homered on the ninth pitch at bat, all fastballs. He worked a full count before connecting.
“You go up and throw what you want to throw. When he’s locked in like that, usually in four, five at bats, he’s going to get one,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said. “What he did this weekend was impressive. Not to mention playing every inning of every game, making great plays in center field and, of course, hitting big home runs every day.
Trout has 21 homers this season, four behind major league leader Aaron Judge of the Yankees.
“They’re talking about a guy carrying a team or whatever, it’s just uplifting for the whole band to see their guy that we can build on,” Nevin said. “It won’t always be him, but this weekend it certainly was.”
Max Stassi added an RBI brace for the Angels.
Kenny Rosenberg was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City by the Angels to make his first career start and third major league appearance. The southpaw limited the Mariners to two hits in 4 innings 2-3.
“He had some good things today,” Trout said. “He unbalanced everyone.”
Andrew Wantz (1-0) picked up 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 slump right now. We haven’t played baseball well,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Not being able to raise anything offensively remains our problem and our problem that we must solve.”
Logan Gilbert (7-3) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
The Mariners charged in the fourth on two walks and a JP Crawford single, but Cal Raleigh was ruled out.
Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez appeared to beat a hit to lead the first. Shortstop Andrew Velazquez had to dive to his right to deal with the sharp ground, and after a review his shot was shown to barely beat Rodriguez. “It’s a huge game for me in terms of momentum in the first set,” Rosenberg said.
Just before Ty France entered the batting box against Jose Quijada in the fifth, the alarm system began to sound throughout the stadium. The alarm sounded for a few minutes before going off. France then failed to block a runner on third base, and the Mariners did not get a base runner the rest of the game.
The Angels moved to INF Jack Mayfield at Triple-A Salt Lake before the game to make room for Rosenberg. LHP Jose Suarez was sent back to Salt Lake after Saturday’s doubleheader after being the 27th player of the day.
Angels: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 3.53) opens a three-game home series against Kansas City. Syndergaard lost back-to-back starts despite conceding only one run each. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his 10 starts.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-7, 3.41) will start in Oakland as Seattle begins a six-game road trip. Gonzales’ last victory came on May 23 against Oakland at home. He has lost three of four starts since.
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