Sports Minute: Trout sets franchise HR mark, Angels rally to beat Astros
By JOE REEDYAP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout became the Angels' career home run leader and Jo Adell celebrated with a game-ending, two-run single in the seventh, lifting Los Angeles to a 10-9 victory over the Houston Astros in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Angels trailed by two going into the seventh. Trout and Shohei Ohtani drew walks before Justin Upton doubled to drive in Trout. One out later, Adell lined a two-run single to right off Enoli Paredes (1-2) for his first game-ending hit.
Trout hit career homer No. 300 in the third inning to pass Tim Salmon as the franchise leader. He also had a pair of doubles.
Adell's solo shot in the fourth tied it at 4. Upton connected for a two-run drive in the fifth, tying it at 6.
Kyle Tucker homered and drove in three runs for the Astros, who lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight game.
Houston trailed 7-6 going into the seventh. Myles Straw led off with a double off Felix Peña (3-0) and scored on Michael Brantley’s single. With two outs and runners on second and third, Martin Maldonado hit a two-run single to right-center.
Tucker had three hits. His solo shot to right-center off Griffin Canning tied it at 1 in the second. After Yuli Gurriel's two-run single in the third, Tucker extended the lead to 4-1 with a run-scoring infield single. He also had an RBI single in fifth to give Houston a 5-4 lead.
BIG DAY FOR TROUT
Trout's drive off Brandon Bielak to right-center brought the Angels within 4-3 in the third.
The three-time AL MVP, who won the award last year, is in his 10th season. The 29-year-old Trout is the 16th player to reach the 300-homer mark before turning 30 and the 11th fastest by age to do it.
Salmon played his entire 14-year career with the Angels from 1992 to 2006 and was part of their only World Series championship in 2002. He is part of the team’s broadcast crew and was at Saturday’s game.
“I knew the day he signed the extension that he was going to pass it,” Salmon said on Fox Sports West after Trout broke the record. “All records are meant to be broken.”
In March 2019, Trout signed a 12-year contract worth $426.5 million. Trout saw Salmon in the broadcast booth and acknowledged him between innings.
It was 109 degrees at first pitch, making it the hottest start to a game in Angel Stadium history. The previous mark was 108 degrees on July 6, 2018, against the Dodgers.
It is the seventh game to start with triple-digit temperatures since the ballpark opened in 1966. Four have happened the first week of September.
Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (right knee sprain) was placed on the injured list, retroactive to Friday. ... Right-handers Jose Urquidy (COVID-19) and Brad Peacock (bicep tendonitis) have been activated off the injured list.
Angels: P Dillon Peters was called up as LA's 29th player for the doubleheader. The left-hander has not played this season due to an oblique strain.
The Astros will be the “home” team at Angel Stadium in the second game after an Aug. 26 game in Houston was postponed due to Tropical Storm Laura.
Urquidy will make his first appearance since Game 4 of last year’s World Series. The Angels will use an opener.
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