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WASHINGTON -- In the first major league matchup featuring twentysomething stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, it was a guy born two decades earlier, Raul Ibanez, who came through with the biggest hit.

And after delivering a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning to help Trout's Los Angeles Angels beat Harper's Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday, the 41-year-old Ibanez was showered with a particular nickname when he returned to the dugout.

''After he got that hit, we were calling him `Viejo,' - `Old' in Spanish,'' Trout said with a smile.

Ibanez might be, um, much more experienced than many of his teammates, but he happens to be leading the Angels this season with 15 RBI.

''These guys make me feel young,'' he said about his teammates with the Angels, his fifth club in a 19-year career. ''And I have five kids at home. They're 12 and under, and I'm the biggest kid in the house, really. I feel right at home around these guys who are 22, 24, 25 years old. They definitely keep you young.''

He came through on a night that Trout and Harper went a combined 2 for 8 with zero runs or RBIs, and Albert Pujols went 0 for 5, staying on 498 homers.

The 22-year-old Trout, the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and a two-time MVP runner-up, was 2 for 5 with a pair of singles. The 21-year-old Harper, the 2012 NL rookie honoree, was 0 for 3 with a walk. The two outfielders became pals while teammates in the Arizona Fall League in 2011 and chatted with each other before the game.

Neither recent first-round pick in the amateur draft - Trout was No. 25 overall in 2009, Harper was No. 1 a year later - was much of a factor once play began, though. Instead, all eyes were on Ibanez, taken in the 36th round in 1992.

''He's been around the block,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Fernando Salas (1-0) won with a hitless seventh.

Joe Smith worked the eighth and Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his second save, despite allowing Desmond's leadoff homer. Frieri struck out Denard Span with a man on second to end it.

The Nationals led 1-0 entering the eighth, when they brought in reliever Tyler Clippard (1-2). Pujols led off and reached on the first of shortstop Ian Desmond's two errors in the inning. Later, Erick Aybar's third hit of the night scored Pujols to even it.

After Clippard walked Chris Iannetta to load the bases -- ''The biggest thing that hurt me,'' the reliever said -- the lefty-hitting Ibanez came up.

''Everybody likes being up in that spot,'' said Ibanez, the second-oldest player in the majors, behind Cleveland's Jason Giambi, 43. ''That's what you play for, that's what you compete for -- to try to be up in that spot -- since you were a kid in the backyard playing.''

Nationals manager Matt Williams did not have a lefty reliever ready to go, in anticipation of Ibanez being used there, because he wanted Clippard to get through that inning.

''Clip's been the eighth-inning guy here for a long time,'' Williams said. ''Certainly [his] track record indicates that he's good against lefties. He's just as effective against left-handers as he is right-handers. So I want to stay with him there.''

Ibanez, without a hit in his previous 11 at-bats, connected on a changeup, Clippard's specialty.

''It is a pitch I'm getting hurt on,'' Clippard said, and wondered aloud about whether he's tipping his pitches to opponents.

Notes

Angels 3B David Freese, who is hitting .143 with a .197 on-base percentage, was out of the starting lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. ... The Angels recalled LHP Nick Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake. He fills the roster spot opened up when the Angels optioned RHP Josh Wall to Salt Lake on Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

E. Aybar
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

I. Desmond
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF5020011 .196
Mike Trout, CF5020011 .313
Albert Pujols, 1B5100002 .263
Ian Stewart, 3B5010021 .242
Howie Kendrick, 2B5120002 .296
Brennan Boesch, RF4010003 .250
   Collin Cowgill, RF0000000 .368
Erick Aybar, SS4131001 .209
Chris Iannetta, C1100300 .190
Garrett Richards, P2000015 .000
   a-David Freese, PH1000010 .140
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b-Raul Ibanez, PH1013000 .161
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals38412436  
a-struck out for Richards in the 7th
b-doubled for Salas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (1, Roark), Raul Ibanez (2, Clippard)
RBI - Erick Aybar (7), Raul Ibanez 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar (3), Raul Ibanez 3 (6)
SB - Albert Pujols (1, 2nd base off Clippard/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.B. Shuck 1
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards 6111460 2.52
Fernando Salas (W,1-0) 1000120 2.79
Joe Smith (H,3) 1100100 4.00
Ernesto Frieri (S,2) 1111131 5.40
WP - Garrett Richards (3)
HBP - Werth (by Garrett Richards)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 99-55, Fernando Salas 19-13, Joe Smith 23-12, Ernesto Frieri 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 6-5, Joe Smith 3-0
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 23, Fernando Salas 4, Joe Smith 5, Ernesto Frieri 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4100122 .220
Bryce Harper, LF3000110 .279
Jayson Werth, RF1000200 .246
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011001 .294
Anthony Rendon, 3B4000013 .304
Ian Desmond, SS4111022 .234
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000020 .288
Jose Lobaton, C2010210 .238
Tanner Roark, P2000011 .000
   Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   a-Zach Walters, PH1000011 .286
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
   b-Nate McLouth, PH0000100 .074
Totals29232711  
a-struck out for Storen in the 7th
b-walked for Cedeno in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ian Desmond (4, Frieri)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (11), Ian Desmond (13)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-LaRoche-Desmond
E - Ian Desmond 2 (9, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Roark 6.2700250 3.80
Drew Storen (H,4) 0.1000000 1.23
Tyler Clippard (L,1-2; BS,2) 0.2340110 3.72
Xavier Cedeno 1.1200000 0.00
IBB - Iannetta by Tanner Roark
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 105-63, Drew Storen 6-4, Tyler Clippard 21-12, Xavier Cedeno 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 9-5, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Xavier Cedeno 2-1
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 28, Drew Storen 1, Tyler Clippard 7, Xavier Cedeno 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24371
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Toby Basner