Angels hitters come up empty again, dropping series to Mariners

  • Los Angeles Angels Jaime Barria delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Jefry Marte #19 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a foul ball by Ryon Healy #27 of the Seattle Mariners for an out in the second inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales adjusts his hat after loading the bases with a walk of Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits into a double play against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners tags Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out at second base and makes the throw to first for the double play in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, center, watches the game from the dugout bar in the second inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Chris Herrmann #26 of the Seattle Mariners scrambles to get the out on David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as he runs into his strikeout in the second inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon watches his RBI-single off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Guillermo Heredia #5 of the Seattle Mariners scores in the third inning on a single by Dee Gordon #9 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a double in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Guillermo Heredia watches his RBI-double off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a throw to first base for an out as Ian Kinsler #3 looks on in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners delivers against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells after striking out against Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out looking to Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Ben Gamel #16 of the Seattle Mariners shouts after scoring on a double by Guillermo Heredia #5 in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon gestures to second base as Nelson Cruz congratulates Ben Gamel, who scored on a double by Guillermo Heredia off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JULY 05: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels reliever Miguel Almonte delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani congratulates relief pitcher Miguel Almonte in the dugout after Almonte got the final out of the sixth inning a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Miguel Almonte reacts after giving up a solo home run to Seattle Mariners’ Chris Herrmann during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels reliever Jose Alvarez delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Angels catcher Martin Maldonado gestures to first and second base during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks off the field after striking out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. At right is catcher Chris Herrmann. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz, left, and catcher Chris Herrmann celebrate after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Several fans hold up photos of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for autographs while one fan holds up sign wishing Ohtani a happy birthday, before a baseball game between the Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout autographs a shoe for a fan before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners , Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, shakes hands with Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki before a baseball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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SEATTLE — The Angels came to Safeco Field looking to kick-start their stalled season.

Instead, they just got kicked.

The Angels lost 4-1 to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, dropping two of three in the series against one of the teams they need to catch if they are going to get back into the playoff chase.

They are now 12 games behind the Mariners in the race for the second American League wild-card spot, with six more games to go against Seattle at Angel Stadium the rest of the month.

“We need to do some things better on the field,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “That’s what we’re focused on. We’re working hard at it. When we do, you’re going to see us put the wins up like we can. Until we do that, we’re going to be hit or miss. We know what we need to work on. We’re going to keep working toward that.”

What the Angels need is to score some more runs. They got a decent outing from starter Jaime Barría (two runs allowed in 5-1/3 innings), but the offense gave him little support.

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The Angels scored one run apiece in the losses on Tuesday and Thursday, getting stymied by starters Wade LeBlanc and Marco Gonzales, respectively.

The Angels were hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position on Thursday, most notably when Albert Pujols grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the first and when Ian Kinsler got unlucky in the eighth.

The Angels had gone without a hit for three innings, as the Mariners pulled out to a 4-1 lead before the Angels mounted a rally in the eighth.

With one out, Justin Upton walked and Pujols singled.

Scioscia then brought up Luis Valbuena to pinch-hit for Jefry Marte in the No. 6 spot, representing the potential tying run against Alex Colome. Scioscia also had Shohei Ohtani available, but he said he was trying to play for the lead, and not the tie, so he wanted to save Ohtani to hit for Martín Maldonado in the No. 8 spot.

Valbuena struck out. Kinsler then hit a ball that seemed headed for center field, which would have driven in a run and brought Ohtani to the plate with a chance to give the Angels the lead.

But Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon made a spectacular diving catch, ending the rally.

Dee-fense 😱 pic.twitter.com/L1xUf2Hj95

— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2018

“That was pretty impressive,” Kinsler said of his fellow second baseman.

All three Angels hitters – including Ohtani, batting for Maldonado – then struck out in the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz, ending a frustrating night for the Angels.

“Anytime you have opportunities like that, you want to take advantage of them,” Kinsler said. “It’s a good sign we’re getting those opportunities. As long as we keep getting opportunities in games we’re playing, that’s a good sign. We should be able to drive in runs moving forward. Not very often we’re going to come up empty-handed. Today was tough, but we stayed in the game and kept fighting. They just kind of pulled away from us a little bit.”

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  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is greeted at the dugout dugout after he hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. Trout also homered in the first inning, but the Mariners won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is greeted at the dugout dugout after he hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. Trout also homered in the first inning, but the Mariners won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, greets Mike Trout (27) at the dugout after Trout hit a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. Pujols also hit a solo home run during the first inning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, greets Mike Trout (27) at the dugout after Trout hit a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. Pujols also hit a solo home run during the first inning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is greeted by Zack Cozart #7 after hitting a home run in the first inning off of Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is greeted by Zack Cozart #7 after hitting a home run in the first inning off of Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz, right, hugs teammate Kyle Seager after Cruz hit a two-run home run to score Jean Segura during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz, right, hugs teammate Kyle Seager after Cruz hit a two-run home run to score Jean Segura during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz laughs in the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz laughs in the dugout after he hit a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels head trainer Adam Nevala, left, looks at Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jefry Marte’s left hand after a play in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. Marte remained in the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels head trainer Adam Nevala, left, looks at Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jefry Marte’s left hand after a play in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. Marte remained in the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. It was his second of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. It was his second of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout watches as a solo home run hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz goes over the wall during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. It was his second of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout watches as a solo home run hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz goes over the wall during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. It was his second of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz looks up as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz looks up as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout fouls a ball off his foot during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout fouls a ball off his foot during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, right, stands on the mound after talking with pitching coach Charles Nagy, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, right, stands on the mound after talking with pitching coach Charles Nagy, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Ryon Healy #27 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Ryon Healy #27 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, center, stands on the mound as Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, center, stands on the mound as Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners delivers in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners delivers in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney walks to the mound as he’s removed from the game after giving up three runs in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney walks to the mound as he’s removed from the game after giving up three runs in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney walks to the dugout after he was removed in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. The Mariners won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney walks to the dugout after he was removed in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle. The Mariners won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners can’t bring in the long ball by Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners can’t bring in the long ball by Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners delivers against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the ninth inning of the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners delivers against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the ninth inning of the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11:  Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners puts up a fist as Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grounds out to first to end the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 11: Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners puts up a fist as Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grounds out to first to end the game at Safeco Field on June 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon, left, celebrates with center fielder Guillermo Heredia, center, after the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 in a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon, left, celebrates with center fielder Guillermo Heredia, center, after the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 in a baseball game, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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SEATTLE — On the Stuff Spectrum, the Angels seemed to have a decided advantage on the mound in the first game of this series against the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners.

But Andrew Heaney, coming off a dominant one-hitter, was outpitched by journeyman left-hander Wade LeBlanc in the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Monday night.

Heaney, fresh off the best game of his career, cranked his fastball up to 95 mph, along with a sharp curve, but his location was lacking and he gave up three homers, failing to get an out in the fourth.

LeBlanc, meanwhile, befuddled the Angels with a collection of cutters, curves, changeups and fastballs that never cracked 88 mph.

In five innings, LeBlanc gave up just two solo homers, both in the first. Mike Trout hit his 20th homer of the season – he added his 21st, a 459-foot blast, in the eighth inning – and Albert Pujols hit his 10th, marking milestones for each.

For Trout, he became the third player in American League history with seven 20-homer seasons before his age 27 season, joining Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez. Trout also became the first player in Angels history with seven consecutive 20-homer seasons. It was also Trout’s 28th homer against the Mariners, his most against any team.

Pujols is the eighth player to ever at least 10 homers in his first 18 seasons. He joins Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Harold Baines, Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski and Mantle.

After that, the Angels had a shot at a big inning in the fifth, when they had runners at second and third with one out. LeBlanc got Ian Kinsler on a shallow fly ball on a 79 mph changeup. After an intentional walk to Trout loaded the bases, LeBlanc struck out Justin Upton on an 84 mph cutter.

“He just kind of gives you a different look every pitch,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He moves the fastball around. He reminds me of the way Jamie Moyer used to pitch when he was here. He just kind of takes enough off and keeps guys off balance. He pitched a good five innings for those guys. We had some opportunities but he made some pitches.”

Heaney, by contrast, had his worst outing of the season.

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He gave up two homers to Nelson Cruz, a two-run shot in the first and a solo homer in the fourth. Cruz, who has spent much of his career with the Mariners and Texas Rangers, has now hit 44 homers against the Angels. Heaney then gave up a two-run homer to Ryon Healy.

Boomstick baby. Again. #Crushed pic.twitter.com/NOYOXAClB8

— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2018

“Giving up homers never wins you games,” Heaney said. “Not like that. Not that early. Not that often.”

Heaney had allowed only one homer in his previous eight games, before three homers in three-plus innings ended his night early on Monday.

“Andrew just looked like he missed some spots with his fastball, yanked a changeup across the plate to Healy,” Scioscia said. “Those guys didn’t miss them. It didn’t seem like he got settled in to repeat pitches like he did in his last start.”

The Angels bullpen then shut out the Mariners over the next five innings, which gave the Angels a chance to come back.

All they could manage was Trout’s second homer of the night. It was the 11th multi-homer game of Trout’s career, his first this season. It was also the 222nd homer of his career, tying Brian Downing for third on the Angels all-time list.

After the game, Trout went for precautionary X-rays on his left shin, which he’d fouled a ball off in the third inning. He said the X-rays were negative, and he expects to play on Tuesday.

Jefry Marte also had X-rays after bruising his left wrist when Dee Gordon hit his glove hand as he was catching a throw. Scioscia said the X-rays were negative, but Marte will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

21 on the season.
2 tonight.
459 feet. ⬇ #Crushed pic.twitter.com/ZiQM1PHnLR

— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2018

20th big fly for @MikeTrout. 💪 pic.twitter.com/D9ISck19P9

— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2018

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Ohtani struck out on the turn. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Ohtani struck out on the turn. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons looks down after leaping to catch the ball and tries to tag Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon as he slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons looks down after leaping to catch the ball and tries to tag Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon as he slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, top, looks down after leaping to catch the ball as Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, top, looks down after leaping to catch the ball as Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon slides safely into second base on a stolen base in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards tries to field a soft ground ball as Seattle Mariners’ fielder Dee Gordon reaches first during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards tries to field a soft ground ball as Seattle Mariners’ fielder Dee Gordon reaches first during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout doubles against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout doubles against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, tags Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon who is safe at second following a wild pitch in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, tags Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon who is safe at second following a wild pitch in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols lines out to end the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols lines out to end the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides safely into home to score against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides safely into home to score against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons singles in a run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons singles in a run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, starts to first as Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Calhoun grounded into a double play, but drove in a run on the play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, starts to first as Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Calhoun grounded into a double play, but drove in a run on the play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani dives safely back to first base after making a brief run toward second on his single in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani dives safely back to first base after making a brief run toward second on his single in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, strikes out on a foul tip against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, strikes out on a foul tip against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols advances to third on a throwing error by Seattle Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon on a single by Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols advances to third on a throwing error by Seattle Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon on a single by Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrelton Simmons against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrelton Simmons against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • A fan holds up a sign of the current number of hits by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols as he comes to the plate in the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Pujols hit a single in the fifth inning, the 3,000th hit of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    A fan holds up a sign of the current number of hits by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols as he comes to the plate in the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. Pujols hit a single in the fifth inning, the 3,000th hit of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols singles against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th career hit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols singles against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th career hit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates near first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) and Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy after Pujols gets his 3,000th career hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates near first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) and Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy after Pujols gets his 3,000th career hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols waves his helmet to fans after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols waves his helmet to fans after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit was his 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols acknowledges the crowd after a line-drive single for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols acknowledges the crowd after a line-drive single for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • A scoreboard reflects the single of Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    A scoreboard reflects the single of Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia embraces Albert Pujols (5) after Pujols hit a single off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake (8) for his 3,000th career hit, in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia embraces Albert Pujols (5) after Pujols hit a single off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake (8) for his 3,000th career hit, in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces first base coach Alfredo Griffin after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is the 3,000th of Pujols’ career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, embraces first base coach Alfredo Griffin after hitting a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is the 3,000th of Pujols’ career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels walk out to congratulate Albert Pujols (5) after he hit a single against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Los Angeles Angels walk out to congratulate Albert Pujols (5) after he hit a single against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. The hit is Pujols’ 3,000th of his career. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout between the top and bottom of the fifth inning after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout between the top and bottom of the fifth inning after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, second from left, hugs third base coach Dino Ebel, left, while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base, after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, second from left, hugs third base coach Dino Ebel, left, while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base, after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit, against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas, left, and starting pitcher Mike Leake talk after Leake gave up a run to the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas, left, and starting pitcher Mike Leake talk after Leake gave up a run to the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04:  Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs to third base in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs to third base in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners that would be his 3,000th career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners that would be his 3,000th career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels smiles on base after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels smiles on base after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels (middle) celebrates with teammates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    SEATTLE, WA – MAY 04: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels (middle) celebrates with teammates after hitting a single in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners to reach 3,000 career hits during their game at Safeco Field on May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE — Garrett Richards clearly made the right mechanical adjustments in between starts.

After tweaking his delivery in the wake of an ugly outing, Richards responded by tossing 6-2/3 innings in the Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

While Albert Pujols’ 3,000th hit was the most significant historical moment in the game, in the scope of the Angels season Richards’ performance can not be overlooked.

Richards, the Angels’ most experienced starter, likely needs to perform to his potential if the team is going to contend. So far this season, he had been inconsistent, hitting a low point by allowing nine runs (five earned) against the New York Yankees last week.

That led to some extra work with pitching coach Charlie Nagy.

“Me and Nags, in between starts the last couple weeks, have been ironing out some things and getting me back in the zone,” Richards said. “It’s rhythm and tempo and mechanical stuff. My mindset is still there. I’m trying to attack guys and fill up the zone and get ahead in counts. Nothing’s changed as far as that goes, just really kind of finding a happy medium with my tempo going toward the plate to help me be a little more consistent.”

After “simplifying” his delivery, he said, and using a little less effort to improve his control, he dominated a Mariners team that had scored 44 runs in its previous seven games.

Richards gave up four singles, two of which didn’t make it out of the infield. He struck out eight and walked one, after averaging more than six walks per nine innings so far this season.

Richards needed only 86 pitches to get 20 outs, a performance that was far more efficient than the work he or the other Angels starters had been providing this season.

“I thought Garrett was great,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought once he found his release point. He was in the zone the way we know he can be… It’s a good game for Garrett and hopefully it gets him to be that consistent pitcher that he is. His stuff is great. Tonight he had command of it.”

Justin Anderson got the final out of the seventh and three in the eighth before Jim Johnson finished off the Angels’ fourth consecutive victory.

Thanks to the pitching – and three double plays – the Angels didn’t need any more than the two runs they got in the fourth inning. Andrelton Simmons drove in one with a single and another scored on a double play, as the Angels didn’t get much of a bases-loaded, no-out situation.

In the fifth, Shohei Ohtani drove in a run with a double, his second hit of the game.

The Angels also wasted a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the eighth, when Kole Calhoun struck out and René Rivera broke his bat on a dribbler that the Mariners converted into a double play.

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, comforts home plate umpire Jerry Layne, who was hit in the arm by a foul tip during the first inning of a baseball game between the Angels and the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Layne left the game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, comforts home plate umpire Jerry Layne, who was hit in the arm by a foul tip during the first inning of a baseball game between the Angels and the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Layne left the game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 19:  Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on April 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 19: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on April 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates his home run with Andrew Benintendi, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Anaheim Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates his home run with Andrew Benintendi, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Anaheim Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano watches a throw to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano watches a throw to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Ohtani was out at first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Ohtani was out at first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart hits an RBI-single against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart hits an RBI-single against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons scores past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez on a single by Zack Cozart during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons scores past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez on a single by Zack Cozart during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Zack Cozart during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Zack Cozart during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers throws to second for the force on Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler on a ball hit by Mike Trout, who was safe at first during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers throws to second for the force on Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler on a ball hit by Mike Trout, who was safe at first during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts after a strike during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, reacts after a strike during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 19: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after a swing and a miss on a pitch during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on April 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 19: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after a swing and a miss on a pitch during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on April 19, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, leaves the batter’s box after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, leaves the batter’s box after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez, left, scores past Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado on a double by J.D. Martinez during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez, left, scores past Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado on a double by J.D. Martinez during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a double by J.D. Martinez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a double by J.D. Martinez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout breaks his bat and grounds out against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout breaks his bat and grounds out against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young celebrates after his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young celebrates after his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan, reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan, reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers fields a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Kinsler was thrown out at first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers fields a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Kinsler was thrown out at first. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, left, is forced out at second by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons while trying to advance on a ball hit by Eduardo Nunez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers, left, is forced out at second by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons while trying to advance on a ball hit by Eduardo Nunez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly celebrates the team’s 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly celebrates the team’s 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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ANAHEIM — Right-hander Nick Tropeano made his first start at Angel Stadium since July 18, 2016 on Thursday, exactly one week after ending a 633-day layoff because of Tommy John surgery. His first pitch, a fastball, sailed wide of the plate a few minutes past 7 p.m.

Tropeano’s second pitch missed the mark, too.

His third pitch sailed over the left-field fence for a home run.

And so it went for him and for the Angels during an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, a defeat that extended their first losing streak to three consecutive games and extended Boston’s sizzling start to the season. The Red Sox are a major league-leading 16-2, the best start in the franchise’s 118-year history.

By the end of Boston’s first sweep of the Angels at the Big A since July 2010, the Red Sox had outscored the Angels 27-3 and out-homered them 11-1. A victory would have given the Angels a 14-5 record, equaling the 1982 team’s mark for the franchise’s best start through 19 games.

Tropeano, like Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday and Tyler Skaggs on Wednesday, could not contain the Red Sox. Mookie Betts homered on the third pitch Tropeano threw him to start Thursday’s game, and the Angels were off to another rocky start.

.@mookiebetts and the @RedSox can’t be stopped. pic.twitter.com/M17pWQGP55

— MLB (@MLB) April 20, 2018

No question, Tropeano had his moments. He simply didn’t have enough of them. He gave up five runs and seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5-1/3 innings, falling to 1-1 after making a triumphant return to the majors with 6-2/3 shutout innings in a victory last week in Kansas City.

“Nick battled,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t know if he was as crisp as in his last start, but he definitely battled. We didn’t swing the bat to help him much. He made a lot of pitches with his back against the wall. We just couldn’t get a couple of outs that could have kept the game closer.

“Those guys (the Red Sox) had a great series and played well and beat us.”

Tropeano lasted longer than plate umpire Jerry Layne, who departed after taking a foul tip off the right elbow from Mike Trout with one out in the first inning. Greg Gibson moved behind the plate from first base to replace Layne and, after an extended delay, the game continued with three umpires.

That’s going to leave a mark. Feel better, Jerry! pic.twitter.com/rxpR1H7MCa

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) April 20, 2018

In the end, umpiring wasn’t an issue. The red hot Red Sox were the Angels’ problem.

Tropeano got through the second and third innings unscathed, but gave up a run-scoring double to J.D. Martinez and an RBI single to Rafael Devers that broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth. After a scoreless fifth, Tropeano ran into trouble again in the sixth, with Andrew Benintendi homering.

That sweet, sweet @asben16 swing. pic.twitter.com/68pGbTdrcc

— MLB (@MLB) April 20, 2018

Scioscia replaced Tropeano after Martinez’s one-out single. Jose Alvarez then gave up a double to Mitch Moreland and a run-scoring single to Devers that made it 5-2. Jim Johnson replaced Alvarez and got out of further trouble thanks to Andrelton Simmons’ fielding wizardry.

Simmons made a diving stop of Eduardo Nunez’s hard-hit grounder up the middle, then flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Ian Kinsler to start an inning-ending double play. It prevented the Angels’ three-run deficit from growing as Moreland would have scored easily from third.

.@Andrelton is a wizard. pic.twitter.com/7hscpK5hZn

— MLB (@MLB) April 20, 2018

The Red Sox added one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, taxing the Angels’ already overworked bullpen. Scioscia used five relievers and later expressed concern about his bullpen heading into the weekend’s series against the San Francisco Giants.

“There’s always concern,” he said. “They’re taking the ball and doing everything they can. We don’t feel they’re at risk when they have time to recover. We’ve had to use them a lot.”

Ohtani returned to the lineup, serving as DH, and batted sixth in their order against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0). Ohtani went 0 for 3 against Rodriguez, who fed him a steady diet of off-speed pitches and struck him out in the fourth and sixth innings.

“Generally, I handle changeups pretty decently,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “Today, (Rodriguez) threw a lot of them and also he threw them differently from other pitchers I’ve faced. Also, the changeup itself is a very good pitch, so I just need to keep working on it.”

Chris Young started in place of Kole Calhoun in right field and hit his first homer with the Angels, on a 3-and-2 pitch from Rodriguez to start the fifth. Young’s homer cut the Angels’ deficit to 3-2, but that was as close as they would get to the Red Sox.

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  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center left, hugs catcher Martin Maldonado as they celebrate Pujols’ two-run home run, his second home run of the night, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center left, hugs catcher Martin Maldonado as they celebrate Pujols’ two-run home run, his second home run of the night, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches the flight of his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches the flight of his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington, center, celebrates his first career grand slam with teammates during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington, center, celebrates his first career grand slam with teammates during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington is doused with liquid by Ben Revere following the team’s 10-8 win against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Pennington hit his first career grand slam. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington is doused with liquid by Ben Revere following the team’s 10-8 win against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Pennington hit his first career grand slam. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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ANAHEIM — On an unusually hot night at Angel Stadium, Cliff Pennington stopped to chat with Jed Lowrie about the one thing that has captivated their free time this week.

Not baseball. Harvey.

Pennington, the Angels’ shortstop, and Lowrie, the Oakland A’s second baseman, both live in Houston. In some way, each of them has been affected by the hurricane that made landfall last Saturday on Texas’ southeast coast. Harvey, which has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, could become the most costly natural disaster in United States history.

Lowrie had just advanced to second base when he and Pennington traded updates in the fourth inning Wednesday. Other than that moment, Pennington said, natural disaster was not on his mind during the Angels’ 10-8 win over the A’s.

“I thought about it afterwards a little bit,” said Pennington, whose grand slam in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winning hit. “I wasn’t trying to dedicate it to anything like that. I’m just trying to play as hard as I can every night, like I have every time. Sometimes you get it. Sometimes you don’t. When you have something like this going on, obviously it feels good because there’s a lot of not feeling good away from the field.”

Pennington has hit 36 home runs in a major league career that began in 2008. This was his first grand slam.

Comeback complete! @CliffPenn7 comes up with a HUGE slam for the @Angels. https://t.co/9B2XCZpcrB #PapaSlam pic.twitter.com/P6q2HO6QN2

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

On a night when Mike Trout chased a cycle into his final at-bat, and Albert Pujols tied Jim Thome for seventh place on baseball’s all-time home run list, the Angels’ biggest hit came from a 33-year-old utility player with a wife and three children living in a federal disaster area.

Pennington said his family is OK. At his suburban home, his household now includes a cousin who was rescued from his Houston apartment complex Monday by a civilian on a jet ski. Some of his neighborhood was submerged by flood waters, but Pennington said his house is high enough that it avoided damage.

What did the grand slam mean to Pennington’s inner circle?

“I have 15 text messages,” he said after the game, “and probably 12 of them are flood pictures.”

The Angels’ four main opponents in the American League wild-card race all won Wednesday. The Minnesota Twins (69-63) routed the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, forcing the Angels (69-65) to win to remain a game out of playoff contention.

Seven teams are separated by four games in the race for the final wild-card berth. The Angels have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers.

Oakland led 8-5 when the Angels struck for five runs in the seventh inning.

With one out, reliever Ryan Dull allowed a single to Trout and hit Pujols with a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Left-hander Daniel Coulombe relieved Dull and promptly allowed a single to Kole Calhoun, scoring Trout. Right-hander Chris Hatcher (0-2) relieved Coulombe and struck out C.J. Cron for the second out, then walked Luis Valbuena to load the bases.

On a 2-and-2 count, Pennington crushed a 95-mph fastball to right field over the fence in right field. The initial home run call was upheld by a video review, giving Pennington three home runs this season and giving the Angels a 10-8 lead.

Trout needed four plate appearances to hit a home run, a triple and a single, leaving him a double shy of his second career cycle. He then singled in his fifth plate appearance of the game. Trout scored four runs, matching a career high. His four-hit outburst snapped a rare 0-for-17 slump.

Pujols’ second home run against A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman gave him 612 in his career and 20 this season. His four RBI gave him 1,900, making Pujols the 10th player ever to reach that career milestone.

6⃣1⃣2⃣@PujolsFive mashes his way into a tie with Jim Thome for 7th on the all-time HR list. pic.twitter.com/SfwrI2Hodw

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

In the third inning, Pujols followed Trout’s triple with a rare home run into the right field bleachers. His last opposite-field home run was on April 15 of last year.

“It’s great to see Albert having a great night tonight,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, “but we need to be more than those guys.”

Angels starter Parker Bridwell hardly struggled for three innings against the A’s, who were swept in Anaheim for the second time this season. But he began the fourth inning by walking Lowrie, lost his release point, and torpedoed his chance at a win.

The first seven A’s hitters all reached base against Bridwell. All of them scored, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead. The rookie right-hander was removed after throwing 34 pitches in the fourth inning without recording an out. Bridwell’s earned-run average rose from 2.79 to 3.52.

The Angels’ bullpen offered atonement. Blake Wood allowed one run in two innings. Yusmeiro Petit (one inning), Cam Bedrosian (one), and Jose Alvarez (two-thirds) got the ball to Blake Parker with two outs in the eighth inning without allowing another run. Bedrosian (4-3) was credited with the victory.

Parker worked the final 1⅓ innings. The veteran right-hander has converted four saves this season, including the Angels’ last three opportunities.

Pennington started at shortstop on a rare day of rest for Andrelton Simmons. He considered his 42nd start of the season a welcome respite before it was back to the clubhouse, back to his phone, back to a dozen unfathomable pictures of his home state.

“There’s thousands and thousands of stories,” Pennington said. “Everyone is kind of dealing with it at some level. It’s tough.”

Big @MikeTrout games >>>. https://t.co/fQuWELY6qg pic.twitter.com/FVcyYrgvcZ

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

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  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — Mike Trout hit a home run in his first at-bat after missing two games with a stiff neck. Albert Pujols hit two home runs, giving him a share of seventh place on baseball’s all-time home run list.

The Angels’ biggest home run? That was hit by a 33-year-old utility player with a wife and three children living in a federal disaster area.

Cliff Pennington’s grand slam in the seventh inning Wednesday gave the Angels a 10-8 win over the Oakland A’s, capping a three-game series sweep.

On a night when their four main opponents in the American League wild-card race all won, the victory left the Angels a game behind the Minnesota Twins for the AL’s final playoff berth.

Oakland led 8-5 after six innings when the Angels struck for five runs in the seventh.

A’s pitcher Ryan Dull allowed a single by Trout and hit Pujols with a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Left-hander Daniel Coulombe relieved Dull and promptly allowed a single to Kole Calhoun, scoring Trout. Right-hander Chris Hatcher (0-2) relieved Coulombe and struck out C.J. Cron for the second out, then walked Luis Valbuena to load the bases.

On a 2-and-2 count, Pennington crushed a 95-mph fastball over the fence in right field. The initial call was upheld by a video review, giving Pennington three home runs this season and giving the Angels a 10-8 lead.

Comeback complete! @CliffPenn7 comes up with a HUGE slam for the @Angels. https://t.co/9B2XCZpcrB #PapaSlam pic.twitter.com/P6q2HO6QN2

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

Pujols’ second home run of the game, against A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman, gave him 612 for his career, matching Jim Thome for seventh on baseball’s all-time home run list. His four RBI gave him 1,900 for his career, making Pujols the 10th player to reach that milestone.

6⃣1⃣2⃣@PujolsFive mashes his way into a tie with Jim Thome for 7th on the all-time HR list. pic.twitter.com/SfwrI2Hodw

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

In the third inning, Pujols followed Trout’s triple with a rare home run into the right field bleachers. His last opposite-field home run was on April 15 of last year.

Trout needed four plate appearances to hit a home run, a triple and a single, leaving him a double shy of his second career cycle. He then singled in his fifth plate appearance in the eighth inning. Trout scored four runs, matching a career high.

Wednesday’s box score | Updated MLB wild card standings

The Minnesota Twins (69-63) routed the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, temporarily moving them 1½ games ahead of the Angels (69-65) in the wild card standings. Seven teams are separated by four games. The Angels have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers.

Angels starter Parker Bridwell hardly struggled for three innings against the A’s, the fifth-place team in the AL West. But he began the fourth inning by walking Jed Lowrie, and his momentum only got worse from there.

The first seven A’s hitters all reached base and scored in the inning, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead. Bridwell was removed without recording an out. All seven runs were earned, rocketing his earned-run average from 2.79 to 3.52.

The Angels’ bullpen atoned for Bridwell’s mistakes. Blake Wood allowed one run in two innings. Yusmeiro Petit (one inning), Cam Bedrosian (one), and Jose Alvarez (two-thirds) got the ball to Blake Parker with two outs in the eighth inning without allowing another run. Bedrosian (4-3) was credited with the victory.

Parker, who has converted the Angels’ last two save opportunities, worked the final 1⅓ innings. The veteran right-hander has four saves this season.

Pennington, who lives in suburban Houston, has spent the week monitoring the path of Hurricane Harvey. His wife and three young children (ages 7, 3 and 2) rode out the storm holed up in their house over the weekend.

“I’ve pretty much lived on the radar and calling my wife and figuring out if it’s raining or flooding,” Pennington said Monday.

Pennington started at shortstop on a rare day of rest for Andrelton Simmons. The home run was only the 36th of his career and his first grand slam.

More to come on this story.

Big @MikeTrout games >>>. https://t.co/fQuWELY6qg pic.twitter.com/FVcyYrgvcZ

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

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Whicker: Long night’s journey ends well for Angels’ Kaleb Cowart

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart rounds the bases after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart rounds the bases after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans watch as a home run by the Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart leaves the park during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans watch as a home run by the Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart leaves the park during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Martin Maldonado and C.J. Cron greet Kaleb Cowart at home after Cowart’s three-run home run during the fifth inning of their 10-1 rout of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Martin Maldonado and C.J. Cron greet Kaleb Cowart at home after Cowart’s three-run home run during the fifth inning of their 10-1 rout of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Martin Maldonado during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Martin Maldonado during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — It took 238 minutes and 352 pitches to finish this little slice of heaven that became a 10-1 win by the Angels on Tuesday night.

Most people who were here at the beginning exercised their freedom of movement and left. Kaleb Cowart couldn’t. He is accustomed to vigil.

At 25, Cowart is getting his first sustained big-league innings and is doing so in the thick of a quasi-pennant race. He also is doing it at second base, which is not what he envisioned when he was tearing it up as a pitcher/third baseman at his Georgia high school.

“I would have laughed if you had told me that,” Cowart said.

In this one, Cowart lofted a three-run homer that gave the Angels a 6-1 lead over Texas. Then Albert Pujols followed with his 610th home run, which put him No. 8 on the all-time list and broke a tie with Sammy Sosa, who was previously the all-time foreign-born home run hitter.

HOLY COWART! 3-run big fly from @KalebCowart! @Angels pic.twitter.com/VoTwaqo2ug

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 23, 2017

The Angels took it home from there, although home had already beckoned most of the crowd of 37,033. Since Minnesota beat the White Sox, the Angels remained a half-game out of the second American League wild card spot, but seven games remain on this homestand.

They wound up with 16 hits and 13 men left on base, both season highs. But the big hits from Cowart and Pujols had not been commonplace.

Cowart was 2 for 19 on the Angels’ previous trip and was 0 for 14 when he homered in Baltimore on Friday.

Pujols’ homer was his third of the month, and his OPS (.651) had dropped 35 points in August.

“Every time he does something it seems like it’s a record,” Cowart said. “It’s a thrill being able to hit a home run in the same game he does.”

The historical interlude helped the remaining fans forget that they spent a long time watching nothing. Texas starter Tyson Ross had required 80 pitches to get through three innings. Angels starter Ricky Nolasco needed 68. And the Angels left five men on base in the first two innings.

Cowart was the 18th pick in the 2010 draft, the final one that legendary scouting director Eddie Bane was permitted to conduct in Anaheim. It wasn’t that lush a draft. Six of the players picked ahead of Cowart never made the big leagues.

For a while it seemed Cowart might not either. In 2013 and 2014 he hit .224 and .221 at Double-A Arkansas. That earned him a spot at High-A Inland Empire in 2015. By then the Angels had moved him to second, after briefly entertaining the idea of putting him on the mound.

“The footwork was different, there was a lot of stuff to get used to,” Cowart said. “My Triple-A manager, Keith Johnson, gave me a lot of help with it once I got to Salt Lake.

“I think going through all of that has made me a better person, not just a better player. Sometimes you have to go through some failure, to figure things out. Lately I’ve just been trying to get better pitches, improve pitch selection. You can’t be fouling off the pitch that you’re supposed to hit. Not up here.”

Cowart is still hitting .275 despite his downturn. Obviously, he would provide a talent boost from the minor leagues that the Angels have rarely seen in the post-Bane years.

Otherwise, this was probably not the first baseball game you wanted your kid to see, unless his attention span rivals that of an astronomer.

The long stretches of nothingness would have been tough to salvage even if the players had put nicknames on their backs,  which is the marketing breakthrough that Major League Baseball is giving us in this weekend’s games.

The issue is not whether young people like baseball. The issue is that by the time games like this are over, they’re not young people anymore.

But not everyone will forget this one. Nick Gardewine, from Effingham, Ill., and Kaskaskia College, made his Rangers debut and was the pitcher who gave up Pujols’ milestone home run.

He was a fan of Pujols as he grew up, as were most up-and-coming players in the Midwest.

Sometimes Pujols can still teach the younger generation a thing or two, even if it’s past his bedtime.

The confidence and bats of @KalebCowart and the @Angels were HUGE tonight! @Alex_Curry pic.twitter.com/NPcN1q97Hk

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 23, 2017

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Albert Pujols slugs his way past Sammy Sosa with home run in Angels’ 10-1 win

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun hits a double off the wall for two RBI’s against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun hits a double off the wall for two RBI’s against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart is congratulated after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado and C.J. Cron greet Kaleb Cowart at home after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado and C.J. Cron greet Kaleb Cowart at home after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart rounds the bases after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart rounds the bases after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans watch as a home run by the Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart leaves the park during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans watch as a home run by the Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart leaves the park during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron dives back to third base against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron dives back to third base against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Keynan Middleton throws to the plate against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Keynan Middleton throws to the plate against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Ricky Nolasco is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Ricky Nolasco is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates his two-RBI double off the wall against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates his two-RBI double off the wall against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans watch as a double by the Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun bounces off the wall for two RBI’s against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans watch as a double by the Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun bounces off the wall for two RBI’s against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos snags a pop up by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos snags a pop up by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols pops out as the Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos looks for the ball during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols pops out as the Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos looks for the ball during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Bene Revere rolls over after fouling a ball off of his leg against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Bene Revere rolls over after fouling a ball off of his leg against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor can’t reach this single by the Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor can’t reach this single by the Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout and Kaleb Cowart share a laugh between innings at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout and Kaleb Cowart share a laugh between innings at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Luis Valbuena heads for second behind the Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Luis Valbuena heads for second behind the Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols runs to third against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols runs to third against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols jumps back to second as the Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre leaps for the throw during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols jumps back to second as the Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre leaps for the throw during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring on an Albert Pujols double during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring on an Albert Pujols double during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout scores past Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos on an Albert Pujols RBI double during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout scores past Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos on an Albert Pujols RBI double during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a RBI double against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a RBI double against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout points to the dugout after a first inning single against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout points to the dugout after a first inning single against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Texas Rangers’ Tyson Ross throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Texas Rangers’ Tyson Ross throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco walks to the dugout after the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco walks to the dugout after the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco reacts after walking the Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco reacts after walking the Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans react to a foul ball in the upper deck during the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans react to a foul ball in the upper deck during the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Andrelton Simmons waits between pitches during their game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Andrelton Simmons waits between pitches during their game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco throws to the plate against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco throws to the plate against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ Ricky Nolasco is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Ricky Nolasco is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans look for Kaleb Cowart’s autograph before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans look for Kaleb Cowart’s autograph before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan carries four Mike Trout bobbleheads away from the stadium before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan carries four Mike Trout bobbleheads away from the stadium before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A Mike Trout bobblehead sits on the rail before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A Mike Trout bobblehead sits on the rail before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches his two-run double against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches his two-run double against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Martin Maldonado during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Martin Maldonado during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia talks with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom during the sixth inning of their game the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia talks with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom during the sixth inning of their game the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Texas Rangers Nick Gardewine makes his MLB debut in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Texas Rangers Nick Gardewine makes his MLB debut in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Parker Bridwell watches from the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Parker Bridwell watches from the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases past Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli after his three-run home run during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases past Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli after his three-run home run during the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Texas Rangers Nick Gardewine makes his MLB debut, giving up three unearned runs in the seventh inning, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Texas Rangers Nick Gardewine makes his MLB debut, giving up three unearned runs in the seventh inning, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates his three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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ANAHEIM — On Sept. 26, 2007, Sammy Sosa hit his 609th career home run against the Angels on a hot and cloudy day in Arlington, Texas. Sosa played his final major league game three days later and retired with more home runs than any foreign-born player in history.

That record was surpassed at 10:28 p.m. Tuesday, in the eighth inning of an interminable game between – coincidentally – the Angels and Texas Rangers.

Albert Pujols’ 610th career home run moved him past Sosa into eighth place on MLB’s all-time list, surpassing his countryman. Pujols was born in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo; Sosa was born an hour east in the coastal city of San Pedro de Macoris. Pujols came to the United States as a teenager while Sosa was establishing himself as one of history’s great sluggers.

With No. 610, @PujolsFive is now 8th all-time in homers and has the most ever among foreign-born players. pic.twitter.com/K4Ih6sq8cm

— MLB (@MLB) August 23, 2017

Now 37, Pujols is still climbing a home-run list that holds only seven Americans in sight. Jim Thome is the next man on that list with 612.

Sosa hit his 609th home run in a 16-2 Texas win. Pujols’ homer, a three-run moonshot to left-center field, was the final dagger in a 10-1 Angels victory. The Rangers’ first baseman Tuesday, Mike Napoli, was the Angels’ catcher on that cloudy day in Arlington 10 years ago.

Unfortunately for the announced crowd of 37,033 at Angel Stadium, the game’s sloth-like pace led many to the exits before Pujols faced Rangers pitcher Nick Gardewine, a 24-year-old right-hander making his major league debut. The first inning featured 59 pitches and lasted 33 minutes by itself.

The Angels and Rangers needed two hours to complete four innings. The game’s 200th pitch was thrown in the fifth. Twenty-three minutes later, the fifth inning still wasn’t over, but at least the Angels had supplied some fireworks.

Kaleb Cowart hit a three-run home run against Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx to turn a 3-1 lead into a 6-1 landslide. The Angels didn’t let up, setting a season high with 16 hits before it was over.

Kole Calhoun went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Pujols, Cowart, Mike Trout and Martin Maldonado had two hits apiece.

Angels starter Ricky Nolasco didn’t factor into the decision. He left with a 3-1 lead after throwing 101 pitches in 4⅔ innings. The first pitcher out of the bullpen, Keynan Middleton (5-1) threw 1⅓ innings of scoreless relief.

The Angels never trailed. Trout singled in the first inning and scored on a double by Pujols that hit high off the right field wall, 10 feet shy of a homer. A two-run double by Calhoun increased the Angels’ lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning.

The only run against Nolasco’s ledger came on a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus that scored Delino DeShields in the fifth inning. Even that run was far from assured; Trout took an extra step or two before releasing the ball. Had he not hesitated, DeShields might have been out.

With the Rangers on the board in the fifth inning, C.J. Cron doubled and Martin singled before Cowart knocked out Bibens-Dirkx with his home run.

Calhoun also doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a Luis Valbuena single.

Rangers starter Tyson Ross (3-3) headed for the showers even earlier than Nolasco. The right-hander allowed seven runs and walked four batters in 3⅔ innings. He was charged with three runs, all earned.

The game lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes, but it allowed the Angels (65-51) to keep pace with the Minnesota Twins (65-60) in the American League wild-card race. Eight teams are separated by six games in the battle for the AL’s final playoff berth.

More to come on this story.

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  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a line drive to center off the bat of Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a line drive to center off the bat of Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Pitcher JC Ramirez #66 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Pitcher JC Ramirez #66 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox is tagged out trying to steal second base by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox is tagged out trying to steal second base by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a high-five from Kole Calhoun #56 after Maybin scored in the third inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a high-five from Kole Calhoun #56 after Maybin scored in the third inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox, catcher Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and MLB umpire Tripp Gibson #73 watch Sanchez’s two-run home run leave the park in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox, catcher Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and MLB umpire Tripp Gibson #73 watch Sanchez’s two-run home run leave the park in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS101

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS101

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS102

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS102

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, gets ready to tag out Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez as Sanchez tries to steal second during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS104

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, gets ready to tag out Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez as Sanchez tries to steal second during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS104

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez takes a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS105

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez takes a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS105

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS106

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS106

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cameron Maybin, right, scores on a single by Albert Pujols as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS107

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cameron Maybin, right, scores on a single by Albert Pujols as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS107

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, takes a lead off of first as Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, second from left, stands at first while first base coach Alfredo Griffin, left, and first base umpire Brian Gorman watch during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS108

    Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, takes a lead off of first as Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, second from left, stands at first while first base coach Alfredo Griffin, left, and first base umpire Brian Gorman watch during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS108

  • Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez points to his dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS109

    Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez points to his dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS109

  • Sunflower seeds are thrown at Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS110

    Sunflower seeds are thrown at Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS110

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte watches his RBI single as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez jumps during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS111

    Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte watches his RBI single as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez jumps during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS111

  • Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez, center, gets ready to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, as Pujols tried to score on a single by Jefry Marte, while home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS112

    Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez, center, gets ready to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, as Pujols tried to score on a single by Jefry Marte, while home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS112

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a single by Jefry Marte as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS113

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a single by Jefry Marte as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS113

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, right, hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS115

    Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, right, hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS115

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia scores on a single by Todd Frazier under the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, as home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS117

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia scores on a single by Todd Frazier under the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, as home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS117

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, right, scores on a single by Todd Frazier ahead of the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS118

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, right, scores on a single by Todd Frazier ahead of the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS118

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia celebrates after scoring on a single by Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS116

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia celebrates after scoring on a single by Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS116

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fields a ball hit for an RBI single by Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS119

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fields a ball hit for an RBI single by Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS119

  • Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier hits an two RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS120

    Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier hits an two RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS120

  • Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS121

    Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS121

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS124

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS124

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols reacts as he hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS123

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols reacts as he hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS123

  • The Angels’ Albert Pujols, third from right, is mobbed by his teammates after he drove in the winning run in their 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols, third from right, is mobbed by his teammates after he drove in the winning run in their 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • Teammates celebrate with Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS125

    Teammates celebrate with Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS125

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, dumps liquid on Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS122

    Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, dumps liquid on Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS122

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ANAHEIM — Albert Pujols reached out, Leury Garcia reached up, and the Angels walked off the Chicago White Sox, 7-6, in 11 innings Tuesday.

A bizarre win, the Angels’ third straight, ended on a bizarre play.

“As soon as I hit the ball,” Pujols said, “I knew the game was over.”

With the bases loaded against White Sox closer David Robertson, Pujols reached out and poked a fly ball to center field, where Garcia was playing shallow. The ball had plenty of distance to serve as a sacrifice fly — except the ball caromed off Garcia as he ran back on the ball. The play was scored a single and Pujols had his third RBI as Ben Revere scored from third base.

The Angels lead Major League Baseball with five walk-off wins. This one evened the Angels’ record at 21-21, bringing them back to .500 after a 12-day hiatus.

“These guys come back their fair share this year,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It isn’t going to happen every day, but when it does it feels great.”

The Angels haven’t swept a series since the A’s visited Anaheim on April 25-27. They can change that Wednesday, their last home game before a 10-game East Coast swing beginning Friday.

This game featured two late comebacks. The White Sox took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th inning when Tim Anderson hit a solo home run against Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (1-0). Anderson had missed the previous four games to mourn the death of a friend.

The Angels led, 5-2, after eight innings. Closer Bud Norris was unavailable after throwing 27 pitches the day before, his third appearance in as many days.

Instead veteran right-hander David Hernandez had the task of getting three outs to preserve the win. A closer by the unlikeliest chain of events, Hernandez had allowed only one run in his first 11 appearances. He began the season with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate and hadn’t recorded a save since May 2016 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tuesday, he was charged with facing the heart of the Chicago White Sox lineup. Melky Cabrera led off the ninth with a single. Jose Abreu followed with a single of his own. Avisail Garcia doubled to drive in Cabrera, bringing the White Sox within 5-3.

With runners on second and third, Todd Frazier tapped a grounder to the right of the mound. Hernandez couldn’t reach the ball, which angled off the glove of second baseman Danny Espinosa into short right field. Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons recovered the ball but couldn’t throw it home in time to prevent Abreu and Garcia from scoring.

Now the score was tied, 5-5. Petit was summoned to get the final three outs — two on bunts — and send the game into extra innings.

“We were going to try to match up” without Norris, Scioscia said. “David’s been throwing the ball really well for us. A little misfortune, but Petit did a great job to keep it as a tie. One pitch to Anderson ended up out of the park. Outside of that, he pitched well.”

Even Anderson’s home run almost was not.

Cameron Maybin, the Angels’ left fielder, took a poor route to get underneath the deep fly ball. When he arrived at the wall, Maybin’s feet were caught under the padded portion of the fence. He was physically unable to jump for a ball that barely cleared the wall.

“I misplayed it,” Maybin said. “That’s a ball I should catch easy. … I didn’t think he got it that good but he did.”

Trailing 6-5 at that point, Simmons led off the 11th inning with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Espinosa bunted back to the mound, where Robertson spun and threw to third base. The throw was inside the bag, but third baseman Tyler Saladino tagged out Simmons to erase the threat.

With one out, Revere hit a flare single into center field, sending Espinosa to second base. Maybin lofted a fly ball that landed in a Bermuda Triangle in shallow left-center field and wound up on second base with a double. Espinosa scored and Maybin had his fifth hit, a career high.

Mike Trout was walked intentionally for the second time, ending his quest for home runs in five straight games. That set up Pujols’ walk-off hit.

Angels starter J.C. Ramirez allowed five hits and two runs in seven strong innings before the announced crowd of 36,089.

The White Sox took an aggressive approach against Ramirez. It resulted in plenty of hard contact but only five hits. One, a two-run home run by Yolmer Sanchez in the sixth inning, accounted for all the damage.

Ramirez didn’t walk a batter and only struck out two. This too was a byproduct of Chicago’s aggressive approach. Only 9 of the 25 batters he faced even got to a two-strike count.

“I had a plan today that I’ve been doing in the past,” Ramirez said. “I had 100 percent confidence in myself. (Martin Maldonado) called a fastball inside, I threw a fastball inside.”

The Angels nickel-and-dimed White Sox starter Derek Holland for seven hits and three runs in six innings. Pujols got the Angels on the board with a long single in the third inning to drive in two runs. He claimed sole possession of 11th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list with 1,847.

In the fourth inning, Maybin drove in Simmons to give the Angels a 3-0 lead.

The Angels scored twice more in the seventh inning, on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single by Jefry Marte.

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  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, third from right, is mobbed by his teammates after Pujols hit the game-winning run in the 11th inning of the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the White Sox 7-6. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, third from right, is mobbed by his teammates after Pujols hit the game-winning run in the 11th inning of the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the White Sox 7-6. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a line drive to center off the bat of Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a line drive to center off the bat of Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Pitcher JC Ramirez #66 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Pitcher JC Ramirez #66 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox is tagged out trying to steal second base by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox is tagged out trying to steal second base by Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a high-five from Kole Calhoun #56 after Maybin scored in the third inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Cameron Maybin #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a high-five from Kole Calhoun #56 after Maybin scored in the third inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox, catcher Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and MLB umpire Tripp Gibson #73 watch Sanchez’s two-run home run leave the park in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 16: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox, catcher Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and MLB umpire Tripp Gibson #73 watch Sanchez’s two-run home run leave the park in the sixth inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS101

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS101

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS102

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS102

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, gets ready to tag out Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez as Sanchez tries to steal second during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS104

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, gets ready to tag out Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez as Sanchez tries to steal second during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS104

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez takes a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS105

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez takes a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS105

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS106

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS106

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cameron Maybin, right, scores on a single by Albert Pujols as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS107

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cameron Maybin, right, scores on a single by Albert Pujols as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS107

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, takes a lead off of first as Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, second from left, stands at first while first base coach Alfredo Griffin, left, and first base umpire Brian Gorman watch during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS108

    Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, takes a lead off of first as Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, second from left, stands at first while first base coach Alfredo Griffin, left, and first base umpire Brian Gorman watch during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS108

  • Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez points to his dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS109

    Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez points to his dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS109

  • Sunflower seeds are thrown at Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS110

    Sunflower seeds are thrown at Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS110

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte watches his RBI single as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez jumps during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS111

    Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte watches his RBI single as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez jumps during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS111

  • Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez, center, gets ready to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, as Pujols tried to score on a single by Jefry Marte, while home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS112

    Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez, center, gets ready to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, as Pujols tried to score on a single by Jefry Marte, while home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS112

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a single by Jefry Marte as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS113

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a single by Jefry Marte as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS113

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, right, hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS115

    Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, right, hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS115

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia scores on a single by Todd Frazier under the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, as home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS117

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia scores on a single by Todd Frazier under the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, as home plate umpire Tripp Gibson watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS117

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, right, scores on a single by Todd Frazier ahead of the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS118

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, right, scores on a single by Todd Frazier ahead of the tag of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS118

  • Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia celebrates after scoring on a single by Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS116

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia celebrates after scoring on a single by Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS116

  • Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fields a ball hit for an RBI single by Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS119

    Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fields a ball hit for an RBI single by Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS119

  • Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier hits an two RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS120

    Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier hits an two RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS120

  • Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS121

    Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS121

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS124

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS124

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols reacts as he hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS123

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols reacts as he hits a game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS123

  • Teammates celebrate with Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS125

    Teammates celebrate with Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS125

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, dumps liquid on Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS122

    Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, right, dumps liquid on Albert Pujols after Pujols hit a game winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: ANS122

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ANAHEIM — Albert Pujols reached out, Leury Garcia reached up, and the Angels walked off the Chicago White Sox, 7-6, in 11 innings Tuesday.

A bizarre win, the Angels’ third straight, ended on a bizarre play.

With the bases loaded against White Sox closer David Robertson, Pujols reached out and poked a fly ball to center field, where Garcia was playing shallow. The ball had plenty of distance to serve as a sacrifice fly — except the ball caromed off Garcia as he ran back on the ball. The play was scored a single and Pujols had his third RBI as Ben Revere scored from third base.

The Angels haven’t swept a series since the A’s visited April 25-27. They can change that Wednesday, their last home game before a 10-game East Coast swing beginning Friday.

The win evened the Angels’ record at 21-21, bringing them back to .500 after a 12-day hiatus.

The game featured two unlikely comebacks. The White Sox took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th inning when Tim Anderson hit a solo home run against Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. Anderson had missed the previous four games to mourn the death of a friend.

The Angels led 5-2 after eight innings. Closer Bud Norris was unavailable after throwing 27 pitches the day before, his third appearance in as many days.

Instead, veteran right-hander David Hernandez had the task of getting three outs to preserve the win. A closer by the unlikeliest chain of events, Hernandez had allowed only one run in his first 11 appearances. He spent most of April pitching for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate and hadn’t recorded a save since May 2016 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tuesday, he was charged with facing the heart of the Chicago White Sox lineup. Melky Cabrera led off the ninth with a single. Jose Abreu followed with a single of his own. Avisail Garcia doubled to drive in Cabrera, bringing the White Sox within 5-3.

With runners on second and third, Todd Frazier tapped a grounder to the right of the mound. Hernandez couldn’t reach the ball, which angled off the glove of second baseman Danny Espinosa into short right field. Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons recovered the ball but couldn’t throw it home in time to prevent Abreu and Garcia from scoring.

Now the score was tied, 5-5. Petit was summoned to get the final three outs — two on bunts — and send the game into extra innings.

Trailing 6-5 after Anderson’s home run, Simmons led off the 11th inning with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Espinosa bunted back to the mound, where pitcher Robertson spun and threw to third base. The throw was inside the bag, but third baseman Tyler Saladino tagged out Simmons to erase the threat.

With one out, Revere hit a flare single into center field, sending Espinosa to second base. Cameron Maybin lofted a fly ball that landed in a Bermuda Triangle in shallow left-center field and wound up on second base with a double. Espinosa scored and Maybin finished with five hits, a career high.

Mike Trout was walked intentionally for the second time, ending his quest for home runs in five straight games. That set up Pujols’ walk-off hit.

Angels starter J.C. Ramirez allowed five hits and two runs in seven strong innings before the announced crowd of 36,089.

The White Sox took an aggressive approach against Ramirez. It resulted in plenty of hard contact but only five hits. One, a two-run home run by Yolmer Sanchez in the sixth inning, accounted for all the damage.

Ramirez didn’t walk a batter and only struck out two. This too was a byproduct of Chicago’s aggressive approach. Only 9 of the 25 batters he faced even got to a two-strike count.

The Angels nickel-and-dimed White Sox starter Derek Holland for seven hits and three runs in six innings.

The score was 0-0 when Martin Maldonado and Maybin hit back-to-back singles to begin the third inning. With one out, Holland threw Pujols a sinking fastball on the inner half, and Pujols curled it inside the left-field foul line.

The ball rolled long enough for Maldonado to score from second, and for Maybin to score all the way from first. The Angels led 2-0, and Pujols had a long single. He’s now alone in 11th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list with 1,847.

In the fourth inning, Simmons began another rally with another opposite-field single. Espinosa singled, putting runners on first and second for Maldonado.

Maldonado crushed a curveball to center field. The ball stayed in the park, but it was deep enough for both runners to tag up and advance a base. Only Simmons advanced, however. Espinosa ran a few feet, stopped, and went back to first as the throw from center fielder Garcia went to third.

The next batter, Maybin, singled into right field to score Simmons. The Angels led 3-0, but they might have left a run on the table after Espinosa inexplicably chained himself to first base.

Chicago peppered Ramirez with hard hits all night. Trout drifted into the left-center gap to take away an extra-base hit from Garcia in the first inning. Simmons knocked down a hard one-hopper to throw out Abreu in the fifth. Simmons later snagged a Cabrera line drive in the sixth inning.

By the seventh inning, Trout was hitless in his first three plate appearances when he came to bat with Maybin on second and first base open.

After Trout was walked intentionally — inciting boos from the crowd — Pujols drew an unintentional walk to load the bases. Left-hander Dan Jennings relieved right-hander Gregory Infante and walked pinch hitter Luis Valbuena to force in a run. Two of the pitches were borderline. After White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper began yelling from the dugout, he was ejected by home plate umpire Tripp Cooper III.

The next batter, Jefry Marte, singled to drive in Trout with the Angels’ fifth run.

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