Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani injured in Angels’ loss

  • The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, is helped up by Manager Brad Ausmus, left, and a trainer after he injured his left ankle while trying to beat out a throw to first base during the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes ouf and throws his bat during the sixth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin gestures toward first after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces as he injures his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, is attended to by a trainer and manager Brad Ausmus, second from left, after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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ANAHEIM — Of all the bad things that happened to the Angels in the eighth inning of their 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, the least troubling was probably that they allowed the go-ahead runs.

“That was a pretty creepy inning,” said Ty Buttrey, who gave up a two-run homer to snap a tie game. “You couldn’t have drawn it up any worse than that.”

A few minutes after Buttrey gave up the two-run homer to Miguel Sano in the top of the eighth, both Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani suffered injuries.

Ohtani was hit in the right ring finger while striking out. Adding insult to injury, literally, the Angels didn’t even get a baserunner out of it because Ohtani was swinging at the pitch. X-rays showed no fracture, so Ohtani will be evaluated again on Tuesday.

Moments after that, though, Simmons sprained his left ankle as he was lunging to try to beat out an infield hit. His ankle twisted in gruesome fashion as he hit the bag. He rolled onto the ground in pain and had to be helped off the field.

An X-ray showed no fracture, but Simmons will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the sprain.

Mike Trout said he didn’t even want to look at the replay of Simmons’ injury, and he didn’t have much to say to Simmons other than giving him a hug.

“He was kind of emotional and upset,” Trout said. “It’s tough. … It just kind of deflates you when you see guys go down, especially a guy who’s been having an unbelievable season so far, making unbelievable plays. The reaction said it all. Obviously, he was in pain. It was just tough.”

Neither Simmons nor Ohtani were available to comment after the game, both remaining in the trainers’ room for treatment.

“I feel like Shohei, by all indications he should be fine,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Quicker timeframe. We don’t know what Simba’s time frame is. That’s probably the bigger concern right now. We don’t want to lose either one of them. But it seems like the injury to Simba at this point might be a little bit more dire. But we’ll know more tomorrow, we don’t want to guess as to what the final diagnosis will be.”

Ausmus also wouldn’t speculate as to just how the Angels would replace either one.

David Fletcher can play shortstop, but he’s better defensively at second and third. The best defensive shortstop is Zack Cozart, but he’s been in a deep slump at the plate the entire season.

The Angels also could bring up Luís Rengifo or Taylor Ward. Rengifo can play shortstop and second, and he’s recently added third to his repertoire. Ward has been playing third for just more than a season, and within the last month he’s also started playing first base and left field.

Albert Pujols likely would get most of the DH at-bats while Ohtani is out, with first base being handled by Jared Walsh and perhaps Ward or even Matt Thaiss. Justin Bour was recently sent down, but the Angels would likely wait for him to show improvement at the plate before bringing him back.

“Next guy up mentality,” Trout said. “That’s the way we have to look at it. We’ve got to stay positive. It’s tough when you lose a guy like that, a part of the team. But we’ve got to get through it.”

The injuries in the bottom of the eighth occurred just moments after Buttrey had a rare bad outing, losing a game the Angels had tied on Tommy La Stella’s third hit, in the seventh.

Buttrey had not allowed a homer in the first 41 innings of his big league career, and this season he’d allowed just two runs in 23-2/3 innings, with 31 strikeouts.

After a single in the eighth, he threw a 2-and-0 fastball over the middle of the plate at Sano’s knees, and he blasted it just over the fence in right field.

“First home run sucks, but I’m sure I had to get it out of the way sometime,” Buttrey said. “Hopefully I don’t make a trend of that, which I won’t. That’s baseball.”

The loss also spoiled another encouraging performance from the Angels on a night when they started with Taylor Cole as the opener for Félix Peña.

Cole worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning, with the help of a slick double play started by second baseman La Stella. So far, the Angels’ openers have allowed one run in seven first innings.

Peña then took over and did exactly what the Angels had hoped.

He gave up a run in the second inning – one that scored because Byron Buxton beat the back end of a potential double play by inches – and then nothing else.

Peña did not allow the Twins to get another runner into scoring position through his five innings. So far in Peña’s five games following an opener he has a 2.73 ERA. He has pitched at least five innings in four of the games, and he pitched 4-1/3 innings in the other.

“I thought he did a really nice job,” Ausmus said. “I thought the pitching did a nice job. That’s a good offense over there and we held them to three runs.”

“X-Rays were negative, so that is a good sign”

Brad Ausmus with an update on Ohtani and Simmons who were both injured during the 8th inning pic.twitter.com/xW6LglScu5

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

“It’s tough to lose guys like that but we’ve got to stay up”

Mike Trout on watching Simmons and Ohtani go down in the same inning pic.twitter.com/r5wDjJn9Ho

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

This doesn’t look good. https://t.co/Scsz1I0hEL

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 21, 2019

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A bounceback by Garrett Richards leads Angels to victory over Mariners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nick Tropeano, Angels prove no match for sizzling Red Sox

  • 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

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

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