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Trout hits 30th HR in Angels' 6-1 win over Marlins

By JOE RESNICK
Associated Press
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout's bat is a major reason the Los Angeles Angels have the best record in baseball and appear destined to end a four-year postseason drought.

Trout tied a career high with his 30th home run, Gordon Beckham homered for the first time with his new club, and the Angels improved to 79-53 with a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

''It's always cool to reach 30. But we have other things in our minds, like trying to reach the playoffs,'' Trout said. ''We're still got a month left, so the only thing that's important is winning games.''

Trout, who leads the majors with 71 extra-base hits and 283 total bases, chased Miami starter Henderson Alvarez in the seventh inning with a one-out drive into the trees beyond the center field fence to make it 5-1.

''I feel good at the plate and I'm not chasing too many pitches,'' Trout said. ''When I get in trouble, I get too anxious and I chase. But the last couple of games I've been feeling good. I don't try to hit home runs. I just try to put good swings on the ball and hope for the best. I've just been barreling some balls and they've gone over the fence.''

Hector Santiago (4-7) ended a string of six consecutive no-decisions in a starting role, helping the Angels maintain their one-game lead in the AL West over Oakland.

Santiago struck out six in 5 2-3 innings and allowed three hits, including Adeiny Hechavarria's leadoff homer in the third, his sixth in 1,100 career at-bats to that point. The left-hander fanned his next five batters and didn't allow another hit until Jeff Baker's two-out single in the sixth.

Alvarez (10-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings after winning his previous four starts. The right-hander had pitched shutouts in his previous three interleague starts.

The Angels took the lead with three runs in the third. Trout hit an RBI single, Kole Calhoun scored on Albert Pujols' groundout, and Josh Hamilton lined an RBI double off the center field fence. Hamilton missed his first homer at Angel Stadium this season by just a few feet.

''That's a really good lineup. Those guys grind you out,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ''You get two strikes on them and they battle and put the ball in play. They have speed, they have power, they've got it all. We've got to be able to slug with them, and we just couldn't do that. We got down early and we couldn't get much going offensively.''

Hamilton has nine RBIs in his last eight games, following an 11-game stretch in which he had none in 41 at-bats and struck out 18 times.

''I finally stopped trying to figure out mechanical things. I think the biggest breakthrough for me was realizing it - that it's not mechanical,'' Hamilton said. ''I go up there now and do what I've always done. I think I'm at a point right now where, OK, I've got a month left. Can I be the player I want to be? Can I be the player they paid me to be? Yeah, I can. How am I going to approach that? I'm going to take it one game at a time and continue to remind myself to cut it loose.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Bryan Morris, who hasn't pitched since Saturday because of a groin strain, will remain in Miami and receive treatment for a couple of days before his status is re-evaluated.

Angels: INF Grant Green, who hasn't played since July 20 because of a back problem, is with Triple-A Salt Lake on a rehab assignment. The club is waiting to see how his back responds before activating him once the rosters expand to 40 on Sept. 1.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.82 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta on Friday night against Ervin Santana, who has won his last six starts at Turner Field - including a 6-1 verdict against Miami's Nathan Eovaldi on July 23.

Angels: C.J. Wilson (10-8, 4.59 ERA) opposes Sonny Gray (13-7) Thursday night in the opener of a critical four-game set against the Athletics at the ''Big A.'' The Angels dropped two of three at Oakland last weekend, including Gray's 5-3 victory.

 
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M. Trout
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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Yelich, LF4010020.290.372.425
Jeff Baker, 1B4020011.256.301.400
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000121.294.403.558
Marcell Ozuna, CF4000012.262.313.439
Casey McGehee, 3B4010000.292.360.368
Reed Johnson, DH4000011.222.259.327
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3131100.277.308.363
Donovan Solano, 2B4000024.239.292.315
Jeff Mathis, C3000020.201.265.282
Henderson Alvarez, P0000000.217.229.217
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000.000.000.000
   Steve Cishek, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33171211    
Batting
3B - Jeff Baker (4, Salas)
HR - Adeiny Hechavarria (1, Santiago)
RBI - Adeiny Hechavarria (28)
CS - Christian Yelich (5, 2nd base by Santiago/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Steve Cishek (2, Misplayed grounder), Casey McGehee (6, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henderson Alvarez (L,10-6) 6.1855132 2.75
A.J. Ramos 0.2000110 1.99
Steve Cishek 1010100 3.74
WP - A.J. Ramos (7)
HBP - Aybar (by Henderson Alvarez)
Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 95-64, A.J. Ramos 21-14, Steve Cishek 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 13-3, A.J. Ramos 2-0, Steve Cishek 4-1
Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 29, A.J. Ramos 4, Steve Cishek 6
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF5110011.290.342.473
Mike Trout, CF3222200.291.378.565
Albert Pujols, 1B3001101.276.333.469
   Efren Navarro, PR-1B1000002.254.318.356
Josh Hamilton, LF4021000.266.337.429
   Collin Cowgill, LF0000000.267.345.381
Howie Kendrick, DH4000023.279.335.368
Erick Aybar, SS3010002.282.322.386
David Freese, 3B3000003.259.323.363
   John McDonald, 3B1100000.147.234.162
Chris Iannetta, C4000011.257.370.403
Gordon Beckham, 2B4222001.219.262.339
Hector Santiago, P0000000.250.250.250
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3568634    
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (20, Alvarez)
HR - Mike Trout (30, Alvarez), Gordon Beckham (8, Alvarez)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (94), Albert Pujols (81), Josh Hamilton (44), Gordon Beckham 2 (38)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Santiago (W,4-7) 5.2311261 3.28
Kevin Jepsen (H,19) 1.1100010 2.10
Fernando Salas 1100020 2.28
Huston Street 1200020 1.13
WP - Hector Santiago (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 93-62, Kevin Jepsen 21-16, Fernando Salas 16-12, Huston Street 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 1-9, Kevin Jepsen 3-0
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 21, Kevin Jepsen 5, Fernando Salas 4, Huston Street 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34657
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Adam Hamari