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DETROIT -- Earlier this week, Mike Trout had a chance to meet Al Kaline, the Hall of Famer who played for the Detroit Tigers and won a batting title in 1955 when he was 20 years old.
After another four-hit night, Trout looks like he's on his way to a similar feat.
Trout raised his American League-leading average to .355 on Tuesday night with the fourth four-hit game of his spectacular rookie season. His 430-foot shot in the second inning was the second of five Los Angeles home runs, and the Angels went on to rout the Tigers 13-0.
Trout, who turns 21 next month, said he met Kaline on Monday.
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"My mom lived in Michigan. She was a big fan of him growing up," Trout said. "That was pretty neat meeting him."
Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols all hit home runs off Jacob Turner in the first two innings, and Alberto Callaspo and Kendrys Morales went deep later in the game. The Tigers were shut out for the first time in 159 games, a franchise-record streak that began last July 17 -- exactly a year earlier to the day.
Garrett Richards (3-1) allowed three hits in seven innings, easily outdueling Turner (0-1) in a matchup of top pitching prospects. The Detroit right-hander lasted only two innings, giving up seven runs and six hits on a 100-degree night.
"Jacob is a potential top-of-the-rotation guy who just needs more seasoning," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "I still expect to see him high in a rotation someday, but he's not ready yet."
The Angels lead the major leagues with 14 shutouts.
Pujols opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and Trumbo followed with his 26th home run of the year, a three-run shot. Trout's two-run homer in the second was the most impressive -- an opposite-field drive to right-center that made it 6-0.
"It felt good off the bat," Trout said. "I was running pretty hard, because it's a big park."
Pujols added a solo shot in the second.
Trout now has 100 hits this season in 69 games. He entered the day with a 20-point lead over Joe Mauer in the AL batting race.
Pujols and Howard Kendrick had three hits each. Trumbo has six homers in his last eight games.
Detroit needed to send Turner to the mound because of an injury to fellow rookie Drew Smyly. Leyland talked a bit before the game about the challenges young pitchers face when they have to learn on the job at the major league level.
The 21-year-old Turner was recalled from the minors before the game to make his fifth career start, and he was in trouble from the beginning in a game that began amid triple-digit heat.
Trumbo's homer went an estimated 415 feet to left. Trout's was even longer, landing in the outfield seats and bouncing up onto a concourse above Sparky Anderson's retired No. 11.
Trumbo playfully disputed the estimated distances of the homers, which put Trout's farther than his by 15 feet.
"That didn't go farther," he said. "Conspiracy. League-wide conspiracy. You've got to hit it to the middle of the field, I'm convinced now."
Pujols' home run was the 461st of his career, tying Chipper Jones for 33rd on the career list.
The Angels put their leadoff man on in each of the first six innings. Morales drove in another run in the sixth with a single, and Callaspo's three-run homer later that inning made it 11-0.
In the bottom half, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive to right, but Torii Hunter made a diving catch. Richards, who is four years older than Turner, walked four but pitched comfortably with a big lead.
Morales hit a solo home run in the eighth, and Peter Bourjos hit an RBI double in the ninth.
|Mike Trout (27) is congratulated by Bobby Wilson after hitting a two-run shot in the second inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF-LF||6||3||4||2||0||2||1||.355|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||2||1||0||1||2||1||.276|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.243|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||3||3||2||1||0||0||.278|
|Kole Calhoun, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|Mark Trumbo, LF-1B||5||1||2||3||0||1||4||.311|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.284|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||5||1||1||3||0||0||4||.248|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||5||0||3||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.263|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Bobby Wilson, C||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.203|
|2B - Peter Bourjos (7, Downs), Mark Trumbo (16, Turner), Bobby Wilson (3, Below)|
|HR - Mike Trout (13, Turner), Albert Pujols (16, Turner), Mark Trumbo (26, Turner), Kendrys Morales (9, Downs), Alberto Callaspo (7, Below)|
|RBI - Mike Trout 2 (44), Peter Bourjos (19), Albert Pujols 2 (56), Mark Trumbo 3 (65), Kendrys Morales 2 (35), Alberto Callaspo 3 (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Peter Bourjos (7)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Garrett Richards (W,3-1)||7||3||0||0||4||2||0||3.53|
|HBP - Fielder (by Garrett Richards)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 100-58, David Carpenter 24-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 13-5, David Carpenter 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 28, David Carpenter 9|
|Austin Jackson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.319|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.169|
|Quintin Berry, LF-CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.292|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.327|
|Danny Worth, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.303|
|Don Kelly, PR-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.184|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.274|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.248|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.245|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.218|
|DP - Santiago-Peralta-Fielder, Peralta-Santiago-Fielder|
|Jacob Turner (L,0-1)||2||6||7||7||2||1||3||10.29|
|WP - Jacob Turner (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 52-31, Duane Below 61-41, Brayan Villarreal 20-16, Darin Downs 45-32|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 4-2, Duane Below 3-3, Darin Downs 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 15, Duane Below 18, Brayan Villarreal 6, Darin Downs 9|
|Attendance - 33950|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 100|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|