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Trout drives in four, streaking Angels sweep woeful Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The middle of the Los Angeles Angels' batting order handled the Rangers' pitchers and the Texas heat.

On a 96-degree day, Los Angeles' 2-3-4 hitters -- Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton -- combined to go 7 for 13 with six runs batted in and two scored in the Angels' 10-7 victory against Texas on Sunday.

Los Angeles took a five-game winning streak into the All-Star break. Texas (38-57) dropped its eighth straight and has the worst record in the majors.

"When those three guys in the middle are doing what they can do, you're going to be able to put some games away," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It has to be more than them, and I think it is."

Every Angels starter had at least one of the team's 15 hits.

"That's a very relentless ballclub over there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Every time you make a mistake, they make you pay. Each inning we scored, except for one, they came back and answered.

"We've got to stop that stuff."

Trout, who will start in the All-Star game in the AL outfield, had two doubles and three RBI. He sent three runs home by blooping a two-out double in the second inning, and broke a 4-4 tie with a double in the fourth. Trout walked and scored in the sixth.

Pujols was 3 for 5, including a double and an RBI.

Hamilton finished 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

"We feed off each other," Hamilton said. "If one guy doesn't get the thing done, the next guy picks him up."

Trout's second-inning double followed a line out by Kole Calhoun. Pujols' run-scoring double in the eighth, that put Los Angeles ahead 9-7, followed a leadoff walk to Chris Iannetta and two outs.

The Angels, a major league-best 26-9 since June 6, swept a four-game series against Texas for the first time.

Winning pitcher Tyler Skaggs (5-5) left after giving up two singles to start the sixth. Both runners scored, leaving him with six earned runs allowed in five innings.

"The outing wasn't what I wanted," he said. "I threw some bad pitches 0 and 2, especially the one to (Alex) Rios."

The Angels had a 4-1 lead in the third inning before Rios lined a two-run double on a hanging curveball. He then scored to tie it as Adrian Beltre grounded out.

The game was halted briefly while medical personnel worked on a photographer who was treated for dehydration near the Angels dugout.

"You're playing in an oven," Skaggs said. "I was trying to hydrate as much as possible. It was almost unbearable."

Joe Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 15th save in 19 opportunities. He set an Angels record with his 10th consecutive appearance of at least an inning without allowing a hit. He is 1-0 with eight saves in July.

Scioscia wouldn't commit to Smith being Los Angeles' closer.

"I still believe it's important for us to deepen the pool of guys to hold leads for us," he said.

Scott Baker (0-3) lost in his fourth start for Texas.

Rios drove in three runs for the Rangers.

Notes

Trout's increased his season total to 73 RBI, making him one of five players in Angels history with 20-plus home runs and 70-plus RBI before the All-Star break. ... When Skaggs trapped Elvis Andrus off first base in the first inning, it was the AL-high ninth caught stealing for Andrus. ... All four Angels who reached base leading off an inning scored. Three had been walked. ... Ryan Feierabend, who entered the game in the seventh, allowed the Rangers to tie a season record as the 30th pitcher to appear in a game. He is one of 50 players overall for Texas this year.

 
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Chris Iannetta slides in ahead of Robinson Chirinos' tag in the eighth inning to boost the Angels' lead to 9-7.  (USATSI)
Chris Iannetta slides in ahead of Robinson Chirinos' tag in the eighth inning to boost the Angels' lead to 9-7. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Texas

A. Rios
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF6110007 .295
Mike Trout, CF4124111 .310
Albert Pujols, DH5031002 .279
Josh Hamilton, LF4121002 .295
Erick Aybar, SS4111103 .283
Howie Kendrick, 2B5220011 .290
David Freese, 3B3111001 .253
   John McDonald, 3B1000011 .200
Efren Navarro, 1B4121101 .317
Chris Iannetta, C3211221 .278
Tyler Skaggs, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Totals3910151055  
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (15, Baker), Mike Trout 2 (26, Baker), Albert Pujols (19, Feierabend), Josh Hamilton (12, Baker), Efren Navarro (6, Tolleson)
SF - Josh Hamilton (2), David Freese (3)
RBI - Mike Trout 4 (73), Albert Pujols (64), Josh Hamilton (26), Erick Aybar (50), David Freese (31), Efren Navarro (4), Chris Iannetta (25)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout 3 (13), Albert Pujols (18), Chris Iannetta (7)
SB - Howie Kendrick (11, 3rd base off Cotts/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Navarro
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (W,5-5) 5766130 4.50
Mike Morin (H,6) 1100000 2.08
Jason Grilli (H,5) 1111010 3.95
Kevin Jepsen (H,12) 1100020 2.08
Joe Smith (S,15) 1000010 2.32
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 95-66, Mike Morin 9-7, Jason Grilli 19-12, Kevin Jepsen 15-12, Joe Smith 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 5-6, Mike Morin 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 22, Mike Morin 3, Jason Grilli 4, Kevin Jepsen 4, Joe Smith 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dan Robertson, CF3220000 .242
   a-Leonys Martin, PH-CF1001000 .268
Elvis Andrus, SS3110100 .265
Alex Rios, RF3123010 .305
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111001 .337
Jake Smolinski, LF4021001 .476
Chris Gimenez, 1B4000031 .261
Robinson Chirinos, C4000000 .238
Adam Rosales, DH2110010 .294
   b-Shin-Soo Choo, PH-DH2000010 .242
Rougned Odor, 2B4110011 .260
Scott Baker, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Feierabend, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
Totals34710617  
a-grounded out for Robertson in the 7th
b-struck out for Rosales in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (21, Skaggs)
3B - Rougned Odor (4, Grilli)
SF - Alex Rios (5)
RBI - Leonys Martin (28), Alex Rios 3 (42), Adrian Beltre (51), Jake Smolinski (5)
SB - Dan Robertson (2, 2nd base off Skaggs/Iannetta)
CS - Elvis Andrus (9, 2nd base by Skaggs/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Andrus-Gimenez
E - Elvis Andrus (11, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Baker (L,0-3) 4955130 6.24
Shawn Tolleson 1222110 3.47
Neftali Feliz 1.2111100 2.35
Ryan Feierabend 1.1111100 6.75
Neal Cotts 1211110 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 77-56, Shawn Tolleson 20-10, Neftali Feliz 24-14, Ryan Feierabend 22-13, Neal Cotts 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 2-7, Neftali Feliz 1-3, Ryan Feierabend 1-3
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 22, Shawn Tolleson 6, Neftali Feliz 6, Ryan Feierabend 6, Neal Cotts 6
Game Information
Attendance - 34750
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Reynolds