Anthony Rendon homered for the second straight night, the memory of his hitless road trip fading further into the rearview mirror. Rendon began the homestand in an 0-for-21 skid, but has reached base seven times in 10 plate appearances in two games, including four hits.
The big blow for the Halos was a three-run shot in the fourth inning by Jason Castro, continuing a banner year for Angels catchers. It was the second home run on the season for Castro, who also has three doubles. He and Max Stassi have combined to hit .254/.348/.627 with six home runs and 15 RBI through 18 games this season.
Angels catchers in 2019 hit .221/.293/.344 with 15 home runs in 162 games.
That was more than enough offense for Dylan Bundy, who continued to thrive in red. He struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings, and induced a season-high 17 swinging strikes. It’s the second time he struck out double digits in consecutive starts, having also done so with the Orioles from August 7-12, 2017.
Bundy through four starts with the Angels has a 1.57 ERA with 35 strikeouts against only three walks. He leads the majors with 28⅔ innings pitched.
That’s eight home runs in two games so far on the homestand for the Angels, who are trying to climb out of the hole they dug in the first two weeks.
“It’s just one day at a time,” manager Joe Maddon said before Tuesday’s game. “If we start playing like we’re capable of on a daily basis, wins will pile up, and I’m looking for us to get hot at the right time. We need to get into the dance. And then by the time we get to dancing, I want to make sure that we’re clicking on all cylinders.”
Home runs: Anthony Rendon (3), Jason Castro (2), Brian Goodwin (3), David Fletcher (3)
WP — Dylan Bundy (3-1): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts
LP — Mike Fiers (1-1): 3⅔ IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
The Angels and A’s finish things off with a day game on Wednesday (1:10 p.m.; Fox Sports West, MLB Network). Griffin Canning starts for the Angels, facing Chris Bassitt for the A’s.