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OC Register: Mike Trout sparks Angels to second win in their last nine games, 5-4 over Diamondbacks


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  • The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates Kole Calhoun in the dugout after Calhoun’s solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates Kole Calhoun in the dugout after Calhoun’s solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Angels’ walks to the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ walks to the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena reacts after his infield couldn’t turn a double play during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena reacts after his infield couldn’t turn a double play during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler rounds the bases after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler heads to the dugout after scoring past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy after his lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler heads to the dugout after scoring past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy after his lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with teammates after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with teammates after his lead-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons jogs to the dugout after lining out during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons jogs to the dugout after lining out during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Martin Maldonado breaks his bat as he grounds out to end the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Martin Maldonado breaks his bat as he grounds out to end the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena smiles in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena smiles in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena heads for the clubhouse after pitching four innings, giving up one run on two hits, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Angels’ starting pitcher Felix Pena heads for the clubhouse after pitching four innings, giving up one run on two hits, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two runs scored with Ian Kinsler scoring on an error. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler scores on an error after a Mike Trout single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler scores on an error after a Mike Trout single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with Martin Maldonado after scoring on an error after Mike Trout;s two-RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Ian Kinsler celebrates with Martin Maldonado after scoring on an error after Mike Trout;s two-RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Albert Pujols jokes around with Dino Ebel after the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Albert Pujols jokes around with Dino Ebel after the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Angels’ Kole Calhoun rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Angels’ Kole Calhoun rounds the bases after his solo home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — In the first plate appearance of his 999th career game, Mike Trout drew a walk. In his next plate appearance, Trout walked again. The Arizona Diamondbacks had no interest in pitching to the Angels’ best hitter and no reason to do so until the fifth inning.

In his third plate appearance Tuesday, Trout stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Matt Koch had few options. He chatted with his pitching coach, opted for a cutter low and away, and could only turn and watch Trout find the gap in left-center field with a line drive, eventually clearing the bases.

It was Trout’s only hit in the Angels’ 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks in front of an announced crowd of 33,088 at Angel Stadium.

The Angels and Diamondbacks split the rare two-game interleague series. Ian Kinsler and Kole Calhoun hit home runs, and the Angels survived a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth inning to eke out the victory – only their second in their past nine games.

The two teams ahead of the Angels in the American League West both lost Tuesday. The Angels (39-35) are 9-1/2 games behind the Astros (49-26) for first place in the division and 7-1/2 games behind the Mariners (46-27) for the second wild-card position.

The Angels’ offensive outburst came at a good time for Felix Peña. The 28-year-old right-hander appeared in 38 major league games before Tuesday, but this was his first career start.

The Diamondbacks struck first. Jon Jay led off the game with a single and scored on a David Peralta groundout. The Angels answered in the bottom of the first on Kinsler’s 48th career leadoff homer. The 403-foot blast nearly cleared both bullpens in left field, tying the score at 1.

Arizona nearly got another run in the third inning. With runners on second and third base and one out, Peralta hit a lazy ground ball to first base. Rather than concede the run, Albert Pujols threw home, where Paul Goldschmidt was bearing down on Martin Maldonado. Pujols’ throw reached Maldonado’s glove on a short hop, but the catcher deftly reached back and applied the tag just before Goldschmidt’s foot reached the plate.

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Peña didn’t allow another run. He made it through four innings on 74 pitches – shy of his high mark of 85 at Triple-A Salt Lake, but plenty considering he hadn’t pitched anywhere in 11 days. He allowed two hits, walked three batters and struck out six. It was all the Angels could have asked.

Left-hander Jose Alvarez took over and allowed one run in a strange fifth inning. He retired Jay and Goldschmidt quickly, then walked Jake Lamb, who has never hit left-handers well in his career. The next batter, Peralta, is hardly a lefty killer himself. But he smoked a fly ball over the head of center fielder Chris Young, and Lamb scored from first base on the double. Arizona led 2-1.

Trout’s bases-clearing single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Angels the lead for good. Cam Bedrosian (4-1) was credited with the victory after pitching 1-2/3 scoreless innings. Justin Anderson (1-2/3 innings) and Blake Parker (two innings) closed out the game.

For Parker – who was celebrating his 33rd birthday – it was his eighth save of the season, and his first six-out save since last September.

The Angels will have an off-day Wednesday before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays for four games beginning Thursday.

Young left the game in the eighth inning. The Angels said he injured one of his hamstrings. Trout was serving as the Angels’ designated hitter, so Calhoun played center field for the first time in his 729th career game. David Fletcher, who started at third base, played right field for the first time since at least high school. Luis Valbuena replaced Fletcher at third.

More to come on this story.

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