Alexander: A night to honor Angels’ Tyler Skaggs becomes even more special

  • Felix Pena #45 of the Los Angeles Angels jumps into the arms of catcher Dustin Garneau #13 as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels gets the final out as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena, right, celebrates with catcher Dustin Garneau after the Angels threw a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Taylor Cole pitched the first two innings. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels jumps into the arms of catcher Dustin Garneau #13 as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Angels pitcher Felix Pena jumps into the arms of catcher Dustin Garneau after the final out of the team’s combined no-hitter in a 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Teammates wearing #45 mobbed Felix Pena #45 of the Los Angeles Angels after getting the final out as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Teammates wearing #45 mobbed Felix Pena #45 of the Los Angeles Angels after getting the final out as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Teammates wearing #45 mobbed Felix Pena #45 of the Los Angeles Angels after getting the final out as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after he finished off a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Taylor Cole pitched the first two innings. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Angels pitcher Felix Pena, center, looks on after every member of the team places their No. 45 Skaggs jerseys on the mound in honor of their former teammate after their 13-0, no-hit victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels placed their jerseys on the mound in honor of Tyler Skaggs as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena, right, hugs starter Taylor Cole after they threw a combined-no hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 13-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Taylor Cole, left, and relief pitcher Felix Pena, right, alongside Pena’s interpreter, middle, acknowledge the crowd’s applause after a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 13-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Fans holds of signs during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels gets the final out as the Los Angeles Angels throw a combined no-hitter and defat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 during a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Members of Tyler Skaggs’ family, including wife, Carli, left; mother, Debbie, second from left; and stepfather, Dan Ramos, third from left, join in a moment of silence in Tyler’s honor before the Los Angeles Angels’ baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • The late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ mother, Debbie, center in red, throws the game’s ceremonial first pitch, at a baseball game between the Angels and the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus, facing camera, hugs the late pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ mother, Debbie, before the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Debbie Skaggs, center left, mother of the late pitcher Tyler Skaggs, gets a hug from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Andrew Heaney before the Angels’ baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • A moment of silence during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Los Angeles Angels observe a moment of silence for teammate Tyler Skaggs, before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Members of the Los Angeles Angels observe a moment of silence for teammate Tyler Skaggs before the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Fans hold of signs during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Tyler Skaggs wife Carli Skaggs, and his mother Debbie Hetman stand next to step father Dan Ramos during the National Anthem before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • The players of both teams line up during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The players of both teams line up during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Skaggs, mother of Tyler Skaggs holds Tyler Skaggs wife, Carli as father Dan Ramos, right, wipes his face during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Los Angeles Angels wear No. 45 in honor of teammate Tyler Skaggs, who died earlier this month, during the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, July 12, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • A framed jersey of Tyler Skaggs on the pitching mound during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A framed jersey of Tyler Skaggs on the pitching mound during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler Skaggs hugs team members during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler Skaggs hugs team members during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, Tyler Skaggs’ mother, hugs Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney as stepfather Dan Ramos, left, and widow of Tyler Skaggs Carli, right look on during a tribute to pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Fans look on during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Danny Hetman (stepfather) , left, with Debbie Skaggs (Mother), second from left, wife Carli Skaggs, catcher Andrew Heaney #45 of the Los Angeles Angels and Garret Hetman, right, during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler looks on as stepfather Dan Ramos marks in the dirt before throwing out the ceremonial pitch during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler looks mark in the dirt before throwing out the ceremonial pitch during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Skaggs, mother of Tyler throws out the ceremonial pitch during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler Skaggs holds Tyler Skaggs wife, Carli as father Danny Hetman, right, wipes his face during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Debbie Hetman, mother of Tyler looks to the sky as stepson Garret Hetman reacts after throwing out the ceremonial pitch during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Fans hold of signs during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Mike Trout #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. All the Angels players wore Tyler Skaggs jersey #45 to honor him after his July 1 death. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shohei Ohtani #45 of the Los Angeles Angels singles against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Shohei Ohtani #45 of the Los Angeles Angels high fives teammate Mike Trout #45 after scoring against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Shohei Ohtani #45 of the Los Angeles Angels scores on a single by teammate Andrelton Simmons (not pictured) against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Shohei Ohtani #45 of the Los Angeles Angels singles against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mike Trout #45 of the Los Angeles Angels high fives teammates after hitting a two run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mike Trout #45 of the Los Angeles Angels looks toward the scoreboard after hitting a two run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Andrelton Simmons #45 of the Los Angeles Angels doubles against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • David Fletcher #45 of the Los Angeles Angels singles against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Taylor Cole #45 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Starting pitcher Taylor Cole #45 of the Los Angeles Angels takes a moment prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Andrelton Simmons #45 of the Los Angeles Angels prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mike Trout #45 of the Los Angeles Angels prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Players and coaches hug as Tommy La Stella sits on the bench next to a jersey of Tyler Skaggs hangs in the dugout during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Brad Ausmus, center, of the Los Angeles Angels with coaches Mike Gallego, left, and Jesus Feliciano, right, sit next to a framed jersey of Tyler Skaggs during a tribute for pitcher Tyler Skaggs who passed away on On July 1, 2019 prior to a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout stands in front of the sign on the outfield wall that honors former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away on July 1. Trout kick-started their 13-0 victory over the Mariners on Friday night with a towering home run, then watched two of his teammates combine on the team’s first no-hitter since 2012. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — Closure can be elusive. For the Angels, who lost teammate Tyler Skaggs a little less than two weeks ago, it will come slowly, haltingly, maybe uneasily, and probably at a different pace for each member of the organization.

But there are nights like Friday, the night before Skaggs would have turned 28, when in honoring their teammate the Angels delivered another of those evenings at the ballpark that you just don’t expect.

It was the first game after the All-Star break, and their first home game since Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room two Mondays ago, before the subsequently-postponed first game of a road trip in Texas.

To commemorate? They scored seven runs in the first inning, 13 for the game, and pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Peña combined on the franchise’s second combined no-hitter, a 13-0 victory over Seattle.

Were there greater forces at work?

“You can’t make this stuff up,” All-Star center fielder Mike Trout said. “We scored seven runs in the first, ended with 13. Tyler’s birthday is 7-13. Thirteen runs, thirteen hits. … Tonight was in honor of him. He was looking over us tonight, and he’s probably up there sayin’ we’re nasty.”

That phrase, of course, became Skaggs’ trademark. It apparently will be the Angels’ motto going forward.

It was a night packed with emotion, from the moments Angels players entered the ballpark – maybe walking past the impromptu shrine, with flowers and caps and signs and candles and baseballs, that fans set up outside the home plate gate – to the moments following the game when the uniformed personnel, all of whom wore “SKAGGS 45” jerseys, took them off and laid them on the pitcher’s mound.

The decision to wear the jerseys was made a week ago. Laying them on the mound was more spur of the moment, thought up by hitting coach Jeremy Reed and passed on to Justin Upton and then Trout and from there to the rest of the team.

The emotions remain raw. Skaggs’ locker in the Angels clubhouse remains intact, uniforms and sweatshirts, socks and shoes and his glove neatly placed. A sign saying, yes, “We’re Nasty” adorns the wall opposite the long row of cubicles.

Skaggs’ influence and memory will be felt in myriad other ways.

“I catch myself thinking about him all the time, honestly,” injured infielder Zack Cozart said. “It kind of haunts me because it’s just so sudden and tragic … 45 will always be in my mind. To be honest, I think with all the guys here that’s how it’s gonna be.

“He’s the life of the team, honestly. He’s the music guy, he’s pumping everybody up. I went to Ole Miss, and him and (Andrew) Heaney used to have a thing with me where in a country voice they’d go ‘Hotty Toddy,’ because that’s the slogan at Ole Miss. When you’re around guys all the time, you have little things like that. Now every time I hear ‘Hotty Toddy,’ I’ll be thinking about Tyler.”

Note that Cozart referred to Skaggs in the present tense. That will happen for a while, too.

The pregame ceremony, with a tribute video and an emotional first pitch by his mom, Debbie, a former softball ace – yeah, you’d better believe she threw a perfect strike – was just a prelude.

Example: Trout touched off that seven-run first inning (and a 3-for-4, six-RBI night) with a two-run home run, a 454-foot rocket to dead center, on the first pitch from Mike Leake. He rarely swings at the first pitch.

“Like I said, he’s watching over everybody,” Trout said.

The night was cathartic. But even when the games aren’t as rousing as this one was, the night after night nature of baseball is therapeutic in its own way, normalcy through repetition.

“The fact that the game distracts them probably eased the pain a little bit,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We all went our separate ways at the All-Star break; again, another distraction. We came back here, and I walked into the ballpark today and saw the flowers and the signs out front. That was kind of special.”

But true healing will take time, and probably a lot of it, depending on the individual. More than likely, that ache in the heart never really goes away, but over time you learn to manage it.

“I think it’s going to be tough this season” to truly get back to normal, Trout said. “Obviously we’re going to remember him always. It just seems like everything we do at the stadium, he always comes up. You walk by his locker every day and you miss that fun. Every time you’d go up to him he had that smirk on his face, either in a sarcastic way, jokingly, or just trying to put a smile on your face.

“It’s going to be with us for sure, obviously the rest of the time I play, but more the rest of the season because it’s here. We’re always going to be thinking about it, so it’s always going to be emotional. It doesn’t matter. It’s different for everybody, and it’s just something we’re going to have to get through.”

This wasn’t just a body blow for players and coaches. General Manager Billy Eppler, who has his own priorities and responsibilities as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, noted that he’s found it hard to maintain focus.

“It’s not that easy of a plug-and-play,” he said. “I’ll find myself sometimes in mid-conversation and just kind of drift for a second or two, or 10 seconds, or whatever it is. I mean, this stuff hits people just randomly.”

But, he said, if there is a member of the organization who can help people get through this, it is their best player.

“I’m going to repeat a line that’s been said a little bit: His shoulders are broad because he carries around a lot,” Eppler said. “This young man has just continued to be there for everybody. He’s an MVP, and he’s also a shoulder to cry on or to cry with. He’s a best friend. He’s a husband, he’s a son, he’s a teammate.”

Being the team spokesman, in such trying circumstances, likely has been harder than anything Trout has ever had to deal with on a baseball field.

But he has shown us, again, that there are many ways to be an MVP.

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A no-no just hours before what would have been Tyler Skaggs’ 28th birthday.

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Angels’ Mike Trout is a star among All-Stars again, while Ross Stripling’s night ended badly

  • Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout batts in the first inning during the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  • Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases on a solo home run during the second inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout (27) is welcomed at the dugout by (28) after his solo home run during the third inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • MVP Houston Astros Alex Bregman holds the trophy after the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The American League won 8-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling (68) throws in the tenth inning during the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON — Making an All-Star Game is great, but succeeding in the All-Star Game is even better.

It’s a point Mike Trout continues to demonstrate, hitting his second homer and extending his All-Star Game hitting streak to six games during the American League’s 8-6, 10-inning victory on Tuesday night.

“It means a lot (to have good games),” the Angels star said. “You want to get hits, and help the team win. … You are playing against the best, and I love to compete.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Ross Stripling, the Dodgers’ pitcher who was a late replacement on the roster and was floating on a cloud for most of two days around the game’s best.

But he won’t remember his All-Star experience so fondly. Stripling entered in the ninth inning with the NL trailing 5-3 and retired both batters he faced. It would have been a great night, except he came back out for the 10th, after Scooter Gennett had given the NL new life with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Stripling then gave up back-to-back homers to Alex Bregman — who was named the game’s MVP — and George Springer.

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It was just more salt in the wound that Stripling gave up the homers to two members of the Houston Astros, who beat the Dodgers in the World Series last year.

Afterward, Stripling was in no mood to consider the excitement of simply being in the All-Star Game.

“I think I’ll look back and think it was pretty (lousy),” he said. “It was fun being in this group with these kind of guys, but it (stinks) to have it end like that. That’s what they’ll remember and that’s what I’ll remember, so I’m (ticked) about it.”

A little earlier, outside the other clubhouse, Trout was all smiles as he discussed yet another performance to add his amazing resume.

“He’s on another planet,” Bregman said.

After fighting for an eight-pitch walk against Max Scherzer in his first plate appearance, Trout came up in the third inning against Jacob deGrom, who he had faced just three times in his career. His teammates gave him something of a scouting report.

“He’s nasty. Good luck,” Trout said he was told.

Trout nonetheless said he got a “slider or cutter down, and barreled it.”

He hit it over the left-field fence, putting the American League up 2-0 and sparking all sorts of Trout historical notes.

Only Willie Mays and Joe Morgan had hits in their first six All-Star Games, and only seven other players had All-Star hitting streaks of at least six games. The last was Dave Winfield, who hit in seven straight in the 1980s.

Trout is now 7 for 15 with two homers in his All-Star career. Five of those hits are extra base hits, which is second only to Ted Williams (seven) in All-Star history.

The only players with at least seven All-Star hits before age 27 are Trout, Al Kaline, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle and Joe Medwick.

In case you wondered, those stats link Trout to nine Hall of Famers.

While Trout was vying for his third All-Star Game MVP award — which ended when the game changed entirely with all the late scoring — the Dodgers All-Star starter, Matt Kemp, also contributed an extra-base hit in his first All-Star Game since 2012.

Kemp doubled and struck out in his two plate appearances, with the double most notably punctuated by posing at second for a selfie with Manny Machado — rumored to be his teammate as soon as Wednesday.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen did not pitch, which he said was a decision Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had made because of his recent heavy workload.

Among the other big leaguers with Southern California ties to get in the game, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (Westlake High) contributed a homer, pulling the NL within 5-3 in the eighth.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (El Toro High), Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (El Modeno High) and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (UCLA) all started for the NL, and they combined for only an Arenado walk.

Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (Orange Lutheran High, UCLA) did not pitch for the AL. Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (Hart High, UCLA) also did not pitch. Bauer was not expected to pitch unless the game went to extra innings, because he threw 110 pitches on Sunday.

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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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Mike Trout sparks Angels to second win in their last nine games, 5-4 over Diamondbacks

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates Kole Calhoun in the dugout after Calhoun’s solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates Kole Calhoun in the dugout after Calhoun’s solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Angels’ walks to the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ walks to the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena reacts after his infield couldn’t turn a double play during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena reacts after his infield couldn’t turn a double play during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler heads to the dugout after scoring past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy after his lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler heads to the dugout after scoring past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy after his lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with teammates after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with teammates after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons jogs to the dugout after lining out during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons jogs to the dugout after lining out during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Martin Maldonado breaks his bat as he grounds out to end the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Martin Maldonado breaks his bat as he grounds out to end the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena smiles in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena smiles in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena heads for the clubhouse after pitching four innings, giving up one run on two hits, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena heads for the clubhouse after pitching four innings, giving up one run on two hits, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler scores on an error after a Mike Trout single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler scores on an error after a Mike Trout single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with Martin Maldonado after scoring on an error after Mike Trout;s two-RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with Martin Maldonado after scoring on an error after Mike Trout;s two-RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Albert Pujols jokes around with Dino Ebel after the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols jokes around with Dino Ebel after the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Kole Calhoun rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Kole Calhoun rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Jose Fernandez watches the game with gum in his hat during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Jose Fernandez watches the game with gum in his hat during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Albert Pujols hits the dirt after striking out swinging in the seventh inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols hits the dirt after striking out swinging in the seventh inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Blake Parker throws to the plate during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Blake Parker throws to the plate during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Martin Maldonado pleads his case after being thrown out at second as the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte grabs his ankle after stretching for the throw in the eighth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Martin Maldonado pleads his case after being thrown out at second as the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte grabs his ankle after stretching for the throw in the eighth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Blake Parker throws to the plate during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Blake Parker throws to the plate during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Albert Pujols and Mike Trout chat on the dugout steps during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols and Mike Trout chat on the dugout steps during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Luis Valbuena throws out the Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed after making a diving stop for the first out of the ninth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Luis Valbuena throws out the Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed after making a diving stop for the first out of the ninth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Blake Parker walks off the mound after giving up a two-run home run to the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Blake Parker walks off the mound after giving up a two-run home run to the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — In the first plate appearance of his 999th career game, Mike Trout drew a walk. In his next plate appearance, Trout walked again. The Arizona Diamondbacks showed no interest in pitching to the Angels’ best hitter and had no reason to do so until the fifth inning.

Trout stepped to the plate for the third time Tuesday with the bases loaded. Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Koch had few options. He chatted with his pitching coach, opted for a cutter low and away, and could only turn and watch as Trout found the gap in left-center field with a line drive, eventually clearing the bases with the aid of an error.

The single was Trout’s only hit in the Angels’ 5-4 win.

“I saw some (other) good pitches, just missed them,” Trout said. “That at-bat, I was just trying to – one out, bases loaded – not try to do too much. I got a base hit.”

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Trout’s long single erased a 2-1 deficit and gave the Angels the lead for good at 4-2. It also affirmed the very reason no team wants to face Trout right now: He is batting .696 (16 for 23) with four home runs and nine RBIs over his last eight games. He’s also drawn 11 walks during that span.

The man batting behind Trout on Tuesday, Justin Upton, has six hits in his last nine games. He grounded into a double play after Trout’s first-inning walk and popped out to end the third inning with Trout on first base. Pitching to Upton rather than Trout has been a wise habit lately.

But in the fifth inning, Koch (5-4) painted himself into a corner. He hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch, allowed a one-out single to David Fletcher, then plunked Ian Kinsler to load the bases. Trout batted with the bases loaded for just the fourth time this season.

“The best way we’re going to set the table for Mike is the guy in front of him, who’s Ian, and also the ninth hitter coming around, or the eighth hitter getting on base,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Justin and Albert (Pujols) have their share because they have Mike in front of them. If we had another Mike to put in front of Mike we’d be OK.”

There is, of course, only one Mike Trout.

“He gets better and better,” Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said. “He’s a guy that this club needs for sure. He’s just doing it at a level that’s unbelievable. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to be in the clubhouse with him. Fun to be on the field with him. A guy that completely, one way or another, is going to amaze you.”

The win allowed the Angels to split a rare two-game interleague series. Kinsler led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run. In the sixth inning, Calhoun hit his first homer since Opening Day.

Blake Parker locked down his eighth save of the season, despite allowing a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt that rattled the sweat glands of the announced crowd of 33,088 at Angel Stadium.

The top two teams in the American League West both lost earlier in the day. After winning for the second time in their last nine games, the Angels (39-35) are 9-1/2 games behind the Astros (49-26) and 7-1/2 games behind the Mariners (46-27) for the second wild-card position.

The Angels’ offensive outburst came at a good time for Felix Peña. The 28-year-old right-hander had appeared in 38 major league games before Tuesday, but this was his first career start.

The Diamondbacks struck first. Jon Jay led off the game with a single and scored on a David Peralta groundout. The Angels tied the score at 1-1 on Kinsler’s 48th career leadoff homer.

Arizona nearly got another run in the third inning. With runners on second and third base and one out, Peralta hit a lazy ground ball to first base. Rather than concede the run, Pujols threw home, where Goldschmidt was bearing down on Maldonado, the Angels’ catcher. Pujols’ throw reached Maldonado’s glove on a short hop, but Maldonado deftly reached back and applied the tag just before Goldschmidt’s foot reached the plate.

Peña didn’t allow another run. He made it through four innings on 74 pitches – shy of his season-high mark of 85 at Triple-A Salt Lake, but plenty considering he hadn’t pitched anywhere in 11 days. He allowed two hits, walked three batters and struck out six. It was all the Angels could have asked.

“Not starting a game in such a long time, I feel like I did a good job,” Peña said through an interpreter.

Left-hander Jose Alvarez took over and allowed one run in a strange fifth inning. He retired Jay and Goldschmidt quickly, then walked Jake Lamb, who has never hit left-handers well in his career. The next batter, Peralta, is hardly a lefty killer himself. But he smoked a fly ball over the head of center fielder Chris Young, and Lamb scored from first base on the double. Arizona led 2-1.

Trout’s bases-clearing single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Angels the lead for good. Cam Bedrosian (4-1) was credited with the victory after pitching 1-2/3 scoreless innings. Justin Anderson (1-2/3 innings) and Parker (two innings) closed out the game.

For Parker – who was celebrating his 33rd birthday – it was his first six-out save since last September.

The Angels will have an off-day Wednesday before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays for four games beginning Thursday.

Young left the game in the eighth inning with an injured hamstring. Trout was serving as the Angels’ designated hitter, so Calhoun played center field for the first time in his 729th career game. Fletcher, who started at third base, played right field for the first time since at least high school. Luis Valbuena replaced Fletcher at third.

.@MikeTrout and @KoleCalhoun might be the definition of #FriendshipGoals. Hear the 🐐 gush on his bff’s big night ⬇ @Angels | @MLBONFOX pic.twitter.com/SkJcOhKw45

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

We’ve heard Trout provides a good source of Vitamin RBI. 🐟@MikeTrout pic.twitter.com/jNmjifAYXK

— Angels (@Angels) June 20, 2018

New stance. New swing. New Kole. 💪@KoleCalhoun pic.twitter.com/lbgNeqUDky

— Angels (@Angels) June 20, 2018

We saved you a piece of cake @BlaekParker! Happy Birthday! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/5g6KJ4LqDm

— Angels (@Angels) June 20, 2018

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Despite Mike Trout’s 2 homers, Angels lose opener to Mariners

  • 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’ 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 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides past Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas after hitting a three-run triple during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game in Kansas City, Mo. The Angels won 7-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides past Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas after hitting a three-run triple during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game in Kansas City, Mo. The Angels won 7-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases after hitting a leadoff home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases after hitting a leadoff home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels slides safely into second for a double during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels slides safely into second for a double during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks back to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks back to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals’ Lucas Duda beats the throw to Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) as he advances on a single by Abraham Almonte during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals’ Lucas Duda beats the throw to Los Angeles Angels third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) as he advances on a single by Abraham Almonte during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost hands the ball to relief pitcher Brandon Maurer (37) during a pitching change in the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost hands the ball to relief pitcher Brandon Maurer (37) during a pitching change in the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his three-run triple during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his three-run triple during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases as he hits a triple during the 7th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds the bases as he hits a triple during the 7th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with third base coach Dino Ebel (21) after hitting a three-run triple during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with third base coach Dino Ebel (21) after hitting a three-run triple during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after hitting a triple during the 7th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after hitting a triple during the 7th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels connects on a fielder’s choice during the 9th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels connects on a fielder’s choice during the 9th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) and Mike Trout (27) celebrate after the team’s 7-1 win in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) and Mike Trout (27) celebrate after the team’s 7-1 win in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • The Angels celebrate after a 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    The Angels celebrate after a 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12:  Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 12: Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Nick Tropeano worked his way through Thursday night’s game, Tyler Skaggs sat in the Angels’ dugout and lived every pitch right along with him.

A couple years ago, on this very same field, Skaggs had experienced what Tropeano was going through, making his long-awaited return to the mound from Tommy John surgery.

Just like Skaggs, Tropeano got through his outing without allowing a run, in a comfortable Angels win. After Tropeano pitched 6-2/3 innings of the Angels’ 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals, Skaggs could not have been more proud of his teammate.

Not just for one game. But for the entire journey back.

“Extremely gratifying,” Skaggs said. “You work so hard. You have setbacks. You think about that moment in time when you’re cruising, dominating, back to being a big league pitcher.”

Tropeano’s performance was the latest positive in this joyride of a start the Angels are enjoying. Ian Kinsler and Mike Trout hit homers, and phenom Shohei Ohtani contributed a three-run triple, helping the Angels to their fifth victory in a row.

At 11-3, the Angels equaled the 1979 team for the franchise’s most victories in the first 14 games of a season.

For as much fun as the Angels had on Thursday, probably none of them will remember this game as much as Tropeano will. It had been 633 days since he last pitched in the majors.

“All I wanted to do was get out there and compete,” he said. “For a year and a half, watching your buddies play, and all you want to do is compete. I just wanted to leave it all out on the field.”

The last time the 27-year-old Tropeano was in the Angels’ rotation, he seemed to be just finding his way in the majors, to the tune of a 3.56 ERA in 13 starts in 2016.

Because of the time he’d missed, though, he began this season seventh or eighth on the rotation depth chart. Despite pitching well in the spring, he started the season in Triple-A. Injuries to JC Ramírez and Matt Shoemaker, though, gave him the opportunity, and he made the most of it.

Tropeano worked around a couple jams, getting out of the first with a ground ball double play and the fourth with a line drive double play. He struck out six and walked two, throwing 88 pitches.

“He pitched a great game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He pitched with his back against the wall for most of the night, in a tight ballgame. He did a great job of making pitches and getting outs. It gives us a big boost.”

For most of the night, he was clinging to the 1-0 lead supplied by Kinsler’s 47th career leadoff homer – good for fourth all time.

The Angels broke the game open in the seventh.

Kole Calhoun provided a two-out, two-run single. After an Andrelton Simmons walk and a Luis Valbuena infield hit, Ohtani lined his first career triple into right-center field.

OH-my-tani! What can’t Shohei do?

First career triple✔@Angels | @MLBONFOX pic.twitter.com/qwZrKUcxA2

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) April 13, 2018

Ohtani, who also drew the first intentional walk of his career, is now 9 for 26 (.346) with three homers and 11 RBIs in his first seven games as a major league hitter, including just six starts.

After his triple put the Angels up 6-0, Trout blasted a homer, his third hit of the game, to pad the lead. Trout has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats, with three homers.

The Angels have scored a major league-leading 93 runs, including 52 in their last seven games.

“We’re playing really well,” Kinsler said. “We seem to be meshing really well as a team, getting big hits, coming from behind. Anytime you are playing baseball that way, it’s exciting. Of course you don’t want to get too high, be walking around cocky, but you are going to enjoy the times you are playing really well and try to minimize the adversity during the season.”

A 3-hit day for @JUST_JUP makes him ideal to talk about the @Angels hot offense and #Shotime continuing to do his thing pic.twitter.com/tcNaBCcBZt

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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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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Alex Meyer throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Alex Meyer throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS104

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS104

  • Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Toronto Blue Jays’ Ezequiel Carrera, right, hits a ground ball to drive in Chris Coghlan during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS109

    Toronto Blue Jays’ Ezequiel Carrera, right, hits a ground ball to drive in Chris Coghlan during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS109

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, slides into home plate to score on a double hit by Albert Pujols as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin watches during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS110

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, slides into home plate to score on a double hit by Albert Pujols as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin watches during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS110

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a three-RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS111

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a three-RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a three-RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, left, and Kole Calhoun celebrate after they scored on a double hit by Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS112

    Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado, left, and Kole Calhoun celebrate after they scored on a double hit by Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS112

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos, right, walks back to the mound as catcher Russell Martin picks up his mask after Latos gave up a three-RBI double to Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS114

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos, right, walks back to the mound as catcher Russell Martin picks up his mask after Latos gave up a three-RBI double to Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS114

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos, right, walks back to the mound after giving up a three-RBI double to Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mat Latos, right, walks back to the mound after giving up a three-RBI double to Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun slides into home plate to score on a double hit by Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun slides into home plate to score on a double hit by Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a fly ball during the third inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Toronto Blue Jays’ Darwin Barney misses a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Yunel Escobar during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS116

    Toronto Blue Jays’ Darwin Barney misses a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Yunel Escobar during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS116

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, celebrates his home run with catcher Juan Graterol as he walks into the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS117

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, celebrates his home run with catcher Juan Graterol as he walks into the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS117

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    Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Coghlan hops after he was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS118

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Yunel Escobar avoids a wild pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS119

  • ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Yunel Escobar #0 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is attended to by a trainer after being brushed back by a pitch as Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during the sixth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 21: Yunel Escobar #0 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is attended to by a trainer after being brushed back by a pitch as Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during the sixth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Toronto Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak follows through on a two-run double during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS120

  • Toronto Blue Jays’ Devon Travis, left, and Russell Martin celebrate after they scored on a double hit by Justin Smoak during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Toronto Blue Jays’ Devon Travis, left, and Russell Martin celebrate after they scored on a double hit by Justin Smoak during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte points to his teammate after hitting a RBI double to tie the game during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS122

    Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte points to his teammate after hitting a RBI double to tie the game during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: ANS122

  • Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

    Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

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    Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

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    Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista celebrates his three-run home run in the dugout during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

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ANAHEIM — For an Angels team that placed one relief pitcher on the disabled list when the day began, a 13-inning game was not what the doctor ordered.

They didn’t even win. Jose Bautista’s three-run home run off Jesse Chavez was the crushing blow in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 8-7 victory late Friday night at Angel Stadium.

The sheer duration of the game — 5 hours, 36 minutes — dwarfed its details. By the time Friday turned to Saturday in the 12th inning, the Angels were already coping with the effects of a short start by Alex Meyer.

The Angels used six relief pitchers. Chavez (1-3), Sunday’s scheduled starter, was forced to take over in the 13th. By then, the Angels had surpassed the Houston Astros for the most innings pitched by a bullpen in the American League this season.

Bautista’s first home run of the season spoiled a resilient effort by the Angels. Twice, they fell behind the Blue Jays in the top of an inning, only to tie the score or take the lead in the bottom.

Even after Bautista’s home run sent much of the crowd home after midnight, the Angels managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 13th. Kole Calhoun delivered an RBI single. Mike Trout was clipped on the arm by a Joe Biagini fastball, forcing in another run.

But Biagini came back to strike out Pujols on three pitches and retire C.J. Cron on a fly ball to end the game.

Trout’s fifth home run of the season and a bases-clearing double by Pujols highlighted the Angels’ 11-hit attack.

Meyer was his usual self in his 2017 debut: flashes of brilliance interspersed with flashes of frustration.

In 3 ⅔ innings, the towering right-hander walked four batters and struck out three. It continued a trend that was dormant since spring training, when Meyer walked 10 batters and struck out nine. In three starts at Triple-A Salt Lake, he walked five and struck out 18.

Meyer cruised through the first two innings, beginning every batter with a strike. He began Chris Coghlan with a strike to lead off the third inning too, but ultimately walked him on a 3-and-2 count. The next batter, Ryan Goins, drew a walk on the last of nine pitches. Coghlan and Goins came around to score, respectively, on an RBI groundout and a wild pitch.

Leading 2-0, Blue Jays starter Mat Latos gave the lead right back in the bottom of the third inning.

A single by Martin Maldonado, followed by walks to Escobar and Kole Calhoun, loaded the bases for Trout. Latos got Trout to fly out to right field before Pujols made him pay, stroking a double inside the left-field line. All three runners scored and the Angels led, 3-2.

It was Pujols’ 604th career double, passing Cal Ripken and matching Paul Waner for 13th on baseball’s all-time list. Pujols’ three RBI gave him 1,831 for his career, tied with Manny Ramirez for 18th all-time.

Pujols had only three hits in 17 career plate appearances against Latos prior to Friday. He finished 3 for 7, raising his batting average to .203.

Meyer did not allow another run, but he continued to labor in the fourth inning. With two outs, Coghlan drew a walk on Meyer’s 75th pitch. That loaded the bases. Mike Scioscia decided he’d seen enough, and Jose Alvarez came in from the bullpen to record the final out of the inning.

The Angels took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Trout, his fifth of the season. The Blue Jays scored an unearned run against Yusmeiro Petit in the sixth inning to draw within 4-3.

Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was batting in the bottom of the sixth inning when a strange incident occurred. The fourth pitch he saw from Toronto pitcher Danny Barnes was a 91-mph fastball high and tight. The ball didn’t touch him, but Escobar spun out of the way to avoid getting hit.

After visiting with an Angels trainer, Escobar returned to the batter’s box and grounded out two pitches later. But Cliff Pennington took over at third base in the top of the seventh inning, and the Angels said Escobar was forced to leave due to dizziness.

Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game with an injury of his own. After he advanced from second to third on a Cam Bedrosian wild pitch in the eighth inning, Tulowitzki was immediately replaced by a pinch runner. The Blue Jays said he had tightness in his right hamstring.

On Bedrosian’s next pitch, Justin Smoak lined a double into right field that scored two runs. Both runs were charged to Angels reliever Bud Norris, who began the inning with a 4-3 lead but recorded only one out.

Down 5-4, the Angels got even against right-hander Dominic Leone with a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth.

Danny Espinosa walked. The next batter, Jefry Marte, doubled off the left-field wall — a foot short of a home run and inches inside the yellow foul line. A video replay confirmed the ball was fair, and Espinosa scored from first base to tie it, 5-5.

With Chavez presumably unavailable, Daniel Wright seems the most likely candidate to start Sunday’s game. The right-hander was lined up to pitch that night for Triple-A Salt Lake and has already made one appearance for the Angels this season.

Wright allowed three runs in four innings for the Angels on April 13. He was 1-1 with a 10.80 earned-run average in two starts for Salt Lake, and made a pair of starts for the Cincinnati Reds last season.

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