Pujols' tiebreaking 3-run HR gives Angels 6-3 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mike Trout wasn't getting a chance to hit another go-ahead homer for the Los Angeles Angels.

Instead, Albert Pujols did - and made the Texas Rangers pay.

On the fifth-year anniversary of his last call-up from the minor leagues, two-time AL MVP Trout - who had already homered earlier - was walked in the eighth inning of a tie game. Pujols then hit the next pitch for a three-run homer that pushed the Angels to a 6-3 victory Friday night.

''We weren't giving into Trout at all,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''Look, there was a situation there, he had hit the ball hard a couple of times, and we were not going to give in there. Move on to Pujols.''

Pujols' third homer of the season came off Jeremy Jeffress (0-2), who had already allowed a single to Kole Calhoun before pitching around Trout.

''Albert is going to be Albert. Big situations, he comes up clutch, and his first few at-bats, missing a few pitches he usually hits,'' Trout said. ''But he was aggressive on that at-bat and got a pitch to hit.''

Trout went 3 for 4, made an acrobatic catch in the bottom of the seventh, an inning after his two-run homer for a 3-1 lead. The 25-year-old Trout is hitting .355 with seven homers and 17 RBIs.

''He's been spectacular, but the beauty of Mike is that he's not chasing numbers. He's not doing anything but playing baseball,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He's not doing anything but thinking about helping us win.''

Los Angeles quickly led 1-0 after Yunel Escobar went deep on the first pitch of the game.

Deolis Guerra (1-1) picked up the win after a striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning.

Jose Alvarez worked a perfect ninth, getting his first save in his 157th career game. The right-hander made his MLB debut for Detroit in 2013, and has been with the Angels since.

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs limited Texas to one run and four hits in five innings. He struck out six and left the game after throwing just 76 pitches due to right-side tightness. He felt a pinch between his rib and hip on a curveball that struck out Joey Gallo.

''Everything felt fine but I knew if I pitched through it would get worse,'' said Skaggs, who threw to only one batter after that.

Nick Martinez allowed five hits and three runs in six innings in his second start in place of A.J. Griffin (gout), who pitched in a minor-league game Friday. Martinez struck out seven without a walk.

Elvis Andrus had an RBI double and scored on Mike Napoli's single in the Texas sixth to tie the game 3-3.

Escobar started things with his ninth career leadoff home run, and Martinez also allowed Trout's two-run shot.

''Maybe the wrong location to throw that pitch. He was able to get on top of that,'' Martinez said of Trout's home run. ''He hits the low ball fairly well. It seems to be his strength.''

SELDOM SAC

Texas got its first run on Carlos Gomez's sacrifice fly in the first. That was Texas' first sacrifice fly this season and ended a streak of 49 games without one dating to Sept. 2, 2016. That streak had tied the 1967 Angels for the most in MLB history since the stat was re-introduced in 1954.

NOT THE CLOSER

Sam Dyson came off the DL (bruised right hand) earlier Friday and pitched for the first time since losing his closer role after his third blown save April 16. Dyson allowed an infield single to Trout in a scoreless ninth. ''Look, I felt like Sam was much better,'' Banister said. ''Nothing hard.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: 1B C.J. Cron, who had fouled a pitch off his foot during the at-bat, left the game in the eighth inning running out an infield single. Scioscia said Cron was ''hobbled pretty good.''

Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet syndrome ) is going to pitch from a mound this weekend after dealing with back spasms. ... 3B Adrian Beltre (calf strain) went home to California to spend some time with his family and won't travel to Houston or Seattle, instead returning to Arlington for rehab.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings against Texas on April 12.

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish got an extra day of rest after striking out eight in a win against Kansas City on Sunday.

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LAA13-12
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TEX10-13
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  • W: D. Guerra (1-1)L: J. Jeffress (0-2)S: J. Alvarez (1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (3), Y. Escobar (2), M. Trout (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Escobar 3B51111001.235.286.337.6226.0
K. Calhoun RF52200011.237.317.301.6183.5
M. Trout CF42321111.355.425.7101.13410.5
A. Pujols DH51131022.247.284.371.6557.0
C. Cron 1B40100011.233.277.267.5440.5
J. Marte PR-1B0000-000.163.234.279.000-
A. Simmons SS40100010.287.361.414.7750.5
C. Maybin LF30000102.219.315.297.6121.0
D. Espinosa 2B30000111.188.258.338.5960.5
M. Maldonado C40100004.250.333.286.6191.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields LF42200011.280.379.280.6593.5
    E. Andrus SS41210021.284.308.466.7744.0
    C. Gomez CF30010011.205.290.364.6540.5
    R. Odor 2B40000021.191.242.348.590-1.0
    M. Napoli DH40110010.155.237.298.5341.5
    N. Mazara RF40000001.236.284.404.6890.0
    R. Rua 1B30100020.189.231.297.5281.0
    J. Gallo 3B30000021.222.349.597.946-1.0
    J. Lucroy C30100001.203.242.271.5131.0
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Escobar (2), M. Trout (7), A. Pujols (3)
      • RBI - Y. Escobar (7), M. Trout 2 (17), A. Pujols 3 (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Andrus (5), R. Rua
      • SF - C. Gomez
      • RBI - E. Andrus (9), C. Gomez (8), M. Napoli (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Napoli (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Petit
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Gallo 2 (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs5.04110603.990.8013.0
      Y. Petit (BS, 1)1.03220103.143.00-1.5
      D. Guerra (W, 1-1)1.00000206.750.0011.0
      D. Hernandez (H, 3)1.00000200.000.004.0
      J. Alvarez (S, 1)1.00000002.080.0010.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs5.0
      Y. Petit (BS, 1)1.0
      D. Guerra (W, 1-1)1.0
      D. Hernandez (H, 3)1.0
      J. Alvarez (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Martinez6.05330722.770.8316.5
      T. Barnette1.00001003.381.002.0
      J. Jeffress (L, 0-2)1.04332015.596.00-11.0
      S. Dyson1.010000021.941.002.0
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Martinez6.0
      T. Barnette1.0
      J. Jeffress (L, 0-2)1.0
      S. Dyson1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 76-52, Y. Petit 22-17, D. Guerra 13-8, D. Hernandez 14-9, J. Alvarez 9-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-2, Y. Petit 1-1, J. Alvarez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 18, Y. Petit 6, D. Guerra 3, D. Hernandez 3, J. Alvarez 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Jeffress
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 84-56, T. Barnette 23-14, J. Jeffress 29-18, S. Dyson 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 5-6, J. Jeffress 2-1, S. Dyson 2-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, T. Barnette 4, J. Jeffress 9, S. Dyson 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA13-12
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Escobar 3B51111001.235.286.337.6226.0
      K. Calhoun RF52200011.237.317.301.6183.5
      M. Trout CF42321111.355.425.7101.13410.5
      A. Pujols DH51131022.247.284.371.6557.0
      C. Cron 1B40100011.233.277.267.5440.5
      J. Marte PR-1B0000-000.163.234.279.000-
      A. Simmons SS40100010.287.361.414.7750.5
      C. Maybin LF30000102.219.315.297.6121.0
      D. Espinosa 2B30000111.188.258.338.5960.5
      M. Maldonado C40100004.250.333.286.6191.0
      Total37610633713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields LF42200011.280.379.280.6593.5
        E. Andrus SS41210021.284.308.466.7744.0
        C. Gomez CF30010011.205.290.364.6540.5
        R. Odor 2B40000021.191.242.348.590-1.0
        M. Napoli DH40110010.155.237.298.5341.5
        N. Mazara RF40000001.236.284.404.6890.0
        R. Rua 1B30100020.189.231.297.5281.0
        J. Gallo 3B30000021.222.349.597.946-1.0
        J. Lucroy C30100001.203.242.271.5131.0
        Total3237300117-----
          BATTING
          • HR - Y. Escobar (2), M. Trout (7), A. Pujols (3)
          • RBI - Y. Escobar (7), M. Trout 2 (17), A. Pujols 3 (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Andrus (5), R. Rua
          • SF - C. Gomez
          • RBI - E. Andrus (9), C. Gomez (8), M. Napoli (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Napoli (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Petit
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Gallo 2 (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs5.04110603.990.8013.0
          Y. Petit (BS, 1)1.03220103.143.00-1.5
          D. Guerra (W, 1-1)1.00000206.750.0011.0
          D. Hernandez (H, 3)1.00000200.000.004.0
          J. Alvarez (S, 1)1.00000002.080.0010.0
          Total9.07330110---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs5.0
          Y. Petit (BS, 1)1.0
          D. Guerra (W, 1-1)1.0
          D. Hernandez (H, 3)1.0
          J. Alvarez (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Martinez6.05330722.770.8316.5
          T. Barnette1.00001003.381.002.0
          J. Jeffress (L, 0-2)1.04332015.596.00-11.0
          S. Dyson1.010000021.941.002.0
          Total9.01066373---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Martinez6.0
          T. Barnette1.0
          J. Jeffress (L, 0-2)1.0
          S. Dyson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 76-52, Y. Petit 22-17, D. Guerra 13-8, D. Hernandez 14-9, J. Alvarez 9-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-2, Y. Petit 1-1, J. Alvarez 2-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 18, Y. Petit 6, D. Guerra 3, D. Hernandez 3, J. Alvarez 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Jeffress
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 84-56, T. Barnette 23-14, J. Jeffress 29-18, S. Dyson 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 5-6, J. Jeffress 2-1, S. Dyson 2-1
          • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, T. Barnette 4, J. Jeffress 9, S. Dyson 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Pujols homered to left center, Calhoun and Trout scored63
          • 6TH INNING
            Napoli singled to left, Andrus scored34
            Andrus doubled to center, DeShields scored33
            Trout homered to center, Calhoun scored31
          • 1ST INNING
            Gomez hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored11
            Escobar homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • S. Dyson Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Calhoun lined out to center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Trout reached on an infield single to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Alvarez Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor grounded out to third
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Napoli grounded out to third
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara popped out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Jeffress Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Calhoun to second
            • A. Pujols: Pujols homered to left center, Calhoun and Trout scored
            • C. Cron: Foul, Cron singled to right center
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Simmons reached on an infield single to third, Marte to third, Simmons to second on 3rd baseman Gallo fielding error
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin flied out to shallow right
            • D. Espinosa: Espinosa intentionally walked
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded into fielder's choice to third, Simmons out at third
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Hernandez Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeShields lined out to left
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Barnette Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Simmons lined out to right
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
            • D. Espinosa: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Espinosa lined out to right
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Maldonado popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Guerra Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gallo struck out on foul tip
            • J. Lucroy: Foul, Lucroy flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to right
            • M. Trout: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Trout homered to center, Calhoun scored
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pujols struck out looking
            • C. Cron: Cron lined out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Petit Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields reached on an infield single to pitcher, DeShields to second on Petit fielding error
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andrus doubled to center, DeShields scored
            • C. Gomez: Gomez popped out to second
            • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Napoli singled to left, Andrus scored
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Espinosa: Espinosa lined out to right
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua doubled to left
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lucroy flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pujols popped out to second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomez grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Napoli struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado singled to center
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep center
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun fouled out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallo grounded out to third
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to center
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maybin grounded out to second
            • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Espinosa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Napoli grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Escobar homered to center
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • M. Trout: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to third, Trout to second on 3rd baseman Gallo fielding error
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields singled to center
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Andrus singled to center, DeShields to third
            • C. Gomez: Gomez hit sacrifice fly to center, DeShields scored
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andrus out at second, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)