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8-run rally in 8th inning sinks Angels

Old friend Jason Castro delivered the go-ahead blow for San Diego

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Believe it or not, the Angels and Padres were tied in the eighth inning on Wednesday night in Anaheim. But a ferocious rally by San Diego turned a close game into a blowout, 11-4 at Angel Stadium.

Jason Castro, playing in his first game for the Padres since getting traded by the Angels on Sunday, doubled home two go-ahead runs off Ty Buttrey in the eighth inning, but that opened the floodgates.

Hansel Robles walked all three batters he faced, on 15 pitches, and all three scored. The Padres scored eight runs in the inning off three Angels relievers, including a three-run home run by Eric Hosmer off Noe Ramirez that put this one to bed.

Mike Trout hit his 13th home run to get the scoring started in this one. It was part of a two-hit night for Trout, who moved into a four-way tie for the major league lead in home runs with, among others, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres.

The Angels were able to keep Tatis mostly in check on Wednesday, though they did walk him twice. Tatis, who was named National League Player of the Month for August earlier in the day, had designs on an extra-base hit in the fifth inning until fellow 21-year-old Jo Adell had other ideas.

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Mike Trout (13); Jurickson Profar (6), Eric Hosmer (8)

WP — Tim Hill (2-0): ⅔ IP, 1 walk

LP — Ty Buttrey (1-2): ⅔ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 strikeout

Up next

The Angels conclude this two-game series with Andrew Heaney on the mound Thursday evening (4:10 p.m., Fox Sports West), coming off his 10-strikeout win last Friday. San Diego counters with new acquisition Mike Clevinger, making his Padres debut.