Mike Trout scored multiple runs and had multiple hits for the fourth game in a row - tying a franchise record he already shared with Fred Lynn and Paul Schaal (trivia fact confirmed by Angels media relations intern and top twitterer Jacob Jaffee
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And they did despite Howie Kendrick stranding six men on base, Mark Trumbo stranding four and Erick Aybar leaving three out there. Trumbo made up for it with an RBI hit in the seventh and Howie had a run-scoring sac fly that plated a run later that inning.
It was the sixth win in a row for the Halos, desperately in need of momentum in light of a double-digit deficit in the American League West.
Jason Vargas was masterful for most of his 7+ innings, allowing only one hit through the first four innings - a solo HR to Miguel Tejada - and getting out of a few jams when they presented themselves. He was relieved with one out in the eighth inning by Garrett Richards. In the ninth, Richards allowed a leadoff double before miracle man Mike Trout caught a sinking flyball off the bat of Salvador Perez on the run.
Trout had scored the first run of the game by sliding into home on a wild pitch by Luis Mendoza. Perez threw the ball to the pitcher covering home perfectly but Trout slid into home before the tag could be applied. In the seventh inning, Trout stole 2B despite a perfect throw by Perez - replays show 2B Marty Foster blew the call. That break opened the gates as the Angels scored three runs to break the 2-2 tie.
The Angels trailed 2-1 at one time but Chris Iannetta hit his second home run in as many games. The solo shot evened things out in the sixth.
Richards recorded a five out save, the second of his career and Vargas got his fourth straight win.