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"That's a big statement on how we keep grinding it out," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We beat a terrific pitcher this afternoon. He had been pitching as well as anyone in baseball for a while."
Hernandez (13-6) lost for the first time since June 12. He entered this outing 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his previous 14 starts, including a perfect game.
Trout and Torii Hunter singled to open the eighth. Albert Pujols then hit a one-hopper to third baseman Kyle Seager, who couldn't corral it down for an error. That allowed Trout to score, tying the game at 2, while Hunter and Pujols each moved into scoring position.
"I saw him going and it's a contact play," Seager said. "Trout runs well but if I catch that ball and make a good throw, he'd have been out pretty easily. It's just a play where I got in-between hops and wasn't able to make the play. I should have definitely made it."
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Kendrys Morales bounced out, and Trumbo then sent a hit through the left side as both runners scored easily.
"They cracked the door open for us a little bit. I thought we had some good at-bats, some key hits, put some guys in motion. We were getting after it," Scioscia said. "Felix is tough. He does special things with the baseball. He changes speed. He's got stuff. He competes. We did a terrific job against a great pitcher."
Hernandez, who was beyond 110 pitches when things fell apart, said, "I felt good. I felt the same. I was throwing the ball pretty good until the eighth. I feel strong."
King Felix gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 7 1/3 innings. He yielded nine hits, walked two and struck out seven.
In three starts against the Angels, Hernandez is 0-2. He has allowed 15 runs and 24 hits for a 5.75 ERA. His ERA against the rest of baseball: 2.16.
Ervin Santana (8-11) went seven innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Ernesto Frieri worked the ninth to pick up his 17th save in 19 opportunities.
"The fact is Ervin really, pitch for pitch, was right with Felix," Scioscia said. "There weren't many mistakes that Ervin had in this game."
The Angels scored first, on Pujols' RBI double in the first inning.
"He's one of the toughest pitchers in the league. We both do a good job," Santana said. "If both pitchers pitching good then we're just waiting for one mistake."
Trumbo found it.
"My whole thing is be present when I need to be," said Trumbo, who was hitting just .202 in August and just came out of a 0-for-16 skid. "I found myself in a situation with a couple runners out there. I was able to clean up and able to drive them in.
"I don't worry about yesterday. I don't worry about tomorrow," Trumbo said. "I need to be where I need to be and allow my ability to come out instead of trying force it."
|Reliever Ernesto Frieri and Chris Iannetta celebrate after the Angels saddle Felix Hernandez with his first loss since June 12. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.336|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||2||3||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Albert Pujols, DH||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.288|
|Kendrys Morales, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.273|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||4||0||1||2||0||2||2||.278|
|Vernon Wells, PR-LF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.291|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||2||0||1||1||2||.278|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.246|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.245|
|2B - Albert Pujols (36, Hernandez), Howard Kendrick (24, Pryor)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols (92), Mark Trumbo 2 (83), Howard Kendrick (49)|
|SB - Torii Hunter (8, 2nd base off Wilhelmsen/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Ervin Santana (W,8-11)||7||4||2||2||2||5||1||5.32|
|Kevin Jepsen (H,12)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.23|
|Ernesto Frieri (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.15|
|IBB - Robinson by Ervin Santana|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 101-62, Kevin Jepsen 16-10, Ernesto Frieri 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 5-11|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Kevin Jepsen 4, Ernesto Frieri 3|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||3||1||.230|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.249|
|John Jaso, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Jesus Montero, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Carlos Peguero, PR-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Eric Thames, RF||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.236|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Trayvon Robinson, LF||2||1||1||1||1||0||1||.245|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.199|
|2B - Franklin Gutierrez (4, Santana), Justin Smoak (9, Santana)|
|HR - Trayvon Robinson (2, Santana)|
|SH - Eric Thames (1)|
|RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (10), Trayvon Robinson (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (5)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Seager-Ackley-Smoak, Ryan-Smoak|
|PB - John Jaso (3)|
|E - Kyle Seager (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Felix Hernandez (L,13-6)||7.1||9||5||4||2||7||0||2.51|
|WP - Felix Hernandez 2 (11), Stephen Pryor (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 119-86, Stephen Pryor 20-10, Tom Wilhelmsen 20-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 12-2, Stephen Pryor 1-1, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 32, Stephen Pryor 4, Tom Wilhelmsen 4|
|Attendance - 22910|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|