Trout's grand slam powers Angels past Rangers, 5-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Any pitcher who wants a prayer of retiring Mike Trout should throw high fastballs, at least according to the old conventional wisdom on the star slugger.

That's exactly what Drew Smyly threw, and that's exactly what Trout hit 458 feet for the grandest homer yet in his latest power binge.

Trout hit a grand slam for his fourth homer in three days, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Saturday for their first back-to-back victories of the season.

Trout's fourth-inning drive off Smyly (0-1) cleared the bullpens beyond the left field fence at Angel Stadium. He absolutely clobbered a fastball at the top of the strike zone, taking an eraser to yet another item on the diminishing list of effective strategies to deal with the two-time AL MVP.

''Obviously it's just adjustments,'' Trout said of his increasing acumen at hitting high pitches after occasionally struggling with them earlier in his career. ''I couldn't tell you one thing that I'm doing to hit those pitches. Just getting a good pitch to hit and trying to put a barrel to it, not trying to do too much. If you try to do too much with a pitch up (high), you're not going to hit it. You're going to pop up. So especially with guys on base, you're just looking for something around the zone.''

After homering in the Halos' home opener Thursday and adding two more Friday, Trout connected for his first grand slam since 2015 and No. 5 for his career. He has homered in three straight games for the seventh consecutive time in his career; he homered in four straight during May 2017.

''(Smyly) actually represents a pretty good matchup for Trout because of the high fastballs, (but) there's really no great matchup against Trout, especially when there's nowhere to put him,'' Texas manager Chris Woodward said. ''I'm going to have nightmares about that guy.''

Trout is off to a dynamite start after cementing his future in Anaheim with a 12-year, $426.5 million contract before the season. He has reached base in all nine games this season, including four times Saturday while boosting his on-base percentage to .553 and his OPS to a whopping 1.476.

Albert Pujols added his 634th career homer in the seventh for Los Angeles. Pujols' first homer of his 19th big league season was his 3,089th career hit, tying Ichiro Suzuki for 22nd place in major league history.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single in the fifth for the Rangers, who couldn't match the Angels' big hits.

Tyler Skaggs (1-1) pitched 6 1/3 innings of five-hit ball in a strong outing for the Angels, earning his first victory since July 25. The left-hander won his third consecutive start against Texas, giving up just two earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.

''Last year didn't end the way I wanted, but I know the caliber of pitcher I am,'' Skaggs said. ''Hopefully this is the first of many (wins) this year.''

Smyly stranded six Angels runners in the first three innings, but Trout's slam chased him. Smyly gave up six hits and three walks in his second start for his new team after two years of recovery following Tommy John surgery.

ALBERT AGAIN

Pujols connected on the first pitch of the seventh inning by Adrian Sampson. The three-time NL MVP got his 1,984th career RBI, eight behind Babe Ruth for fifth place in baseball history.

LEADING OFF

David Fletcher had three hits, reached base four times and stole a base in his first game of the season as Los Angeles' leadoff hitter. The spot has been troublesome in recent years for the Angels, but Fletcher is likely to get more chances to claim the role.

''It's tough not to like the things Fletch does,'' manager Brad Ausmus said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman left with tightness in his right hamstring after running out his double to the right field wall in the third inning. He will have an MRI exam before Texas decides whether to recall a player from the minors for Sunday's game. ''Hopefully it's just tightness,'' Woodward said. ''But it didn't look very good.''

Angels: Kole Calhoun ran into the right field wall while attempting to catch Guzman's double, but he stayed in the game after a long consultation with LA's training staff. Calhoun then left in the seventh after striking out three times.

UP NEXT

Late-spring acquisition Chris Stratton (0-1, 8.31 ERA) makes his Angel Stadium debut after getting raked by Seattle in his first appearance for the Halos. Shelby Miller (0-0, 4.91 ERA) will make his second start for the Rangers in the finale of the four-game series.

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  • W: T. Skaggs (1-1)L: D. Smyly (0-1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (1), M. Trout (4)
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L. Forsythe 3B-1B31100010.300.462.400.8623.5
R. Guzman 1B10100000.231.286.615.9012.0
A. Cabrera PR-3B20000012.226.286.548.834-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fletcher 3B51300002.333.333.375.7087.0
    M. Trout CF21141211.385.553.9231.47611.5
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    J. Lucroy DH40000005.207.233.241.4750.0
    K. Calhoun RF30000035.200.243.429.672-1.5
    B. Goodwin RF10100000.353.389.529.9182.0
    K. Smith C30100000.111.200.111.3112.0
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    T. La Stella 2B31100102.167.231.208.4393.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (3), L. Forsythe, R. Guzman (4)
      • SH - I. Kiner-Falefa
      • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus 2 (2), H. Pence 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fletcher, B. Goodwin (3)
      • HR - M. Trout (4), A. Pujols
      • RBI - M. Trout 4 (10), A. Pujols (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 2 (2), A. Pujols, K. Calhoun 5 (5), T. La Stella 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fletcher, A. Simmons
      • Picked Off - B. Goodwin
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andrus-Odor)
      • E - L. Forsythe (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Pujols-Simmons)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Smyly (L, 0-1)3.16443417.112.37-7.0
      J. Chavez0.200000014.542.770.0
      A. Sampson3.24112211.861.243.0
      J. Gomez0.10000106.752.630.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Smyly (L, 0-1)3.1
      J. Chavez0.2
      A. Sampson3.2
      J. Gomez0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)6.15111502.451.0923.5
      L. Garcia (H, 1)0.20000102.451.360.5
      H. Robles1.01000303.861.293.5
      L. Bard1.00000302.251.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)6.1
      L. Garcia (H, 1)0.2
      H. Robles1.0
      L. Bard1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Smyly, A. Sampson
      • IBB - A. Sampson
      • HBP - D. Smyly, A. Sampson
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 90-56, J. Chavez 8-5, A. Sampson 66-38, J. Gomez 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 3-3, J. Chavez 1-1, A. Sampson 4-4
      • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 20, J. Chavez 2, A. Sampson 17, J. Gomez
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Garcia
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 101-70, L. Garcia 11-6, H. Robles 15-11, L. Bard 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-7, L. Garcia 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, L. Garcia 3, H. Robles 4, L. Bard 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      S. Choo DH30200111.286.375.464.8393.5
      E. Andrus SS40000024.378.395.486.881-1.0
      H. Pence LF40100022.333.375.333.7080.0
      N. Mazara RF40000011.214.313.500.813-0.5
      R. Odor 2B40000020.171.237.229.465-1.0
      L. Forsythe 3B-1B31100010.300.462.400.8623.5
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      A. Cabrera PR-3B20000012.226.286.548.834-0.5
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        D. Fletcher 3B51300002.333.333.375.7087.0
        M. Trout CF21141211.385.553.9231.47611.5
        A. Simmons SS50100004.172.200.172.3723.0
        A. Pujols 1B41111124.241.353.379.7326.0
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        B. Goodwin RF10100000.353.389.529.9182.0
        K. Smith C30100000.111.200.111.3112.0
        P. Bourjos LF31100111.067.125.067.1922.5
        T. La Stella 2B31100102.167.231.208.4393.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (3), L. Forsythe, R. Guzman (4)
          • SH - I. Kiner-Falefa
          • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, E. Andrus 2 (2), H. Pence 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Fletcher, B. Goodwin (3)
          • HR - M. Trout (4), A. Pujols
          • RBI - M. Trout 4 (10), A. Pujols (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 2 (2), A. Pujols, K. Calhoun 5 (5), T. La Stella 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Fletcher, A. Simmons
          • Picked Off - B. Goodwin
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Andrus-Odor)
          • E - L. Forsythe (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Pujols-Simmons)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Smyly (L, 0-1)3.16443417.112.37-7.0
          J. Chavez0.200000014.542.770.0
          A. Sampson3.24112211.861.243.0
          J. Gomez0.10000106.752.630.5
          Total8.01055572---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Smyly (L, 0-1)3.1
          J. Chavez0.2
          A. Sampson3.2
          J. Gomez0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)6.15111502.451.0923.5
          L. Garcia (H, 1)0.20000102.451.360.5
          H. Robles1.01000303.861.293.5
          L. Bard1.00000302.251.004.5
          Total9.06111120---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)6.1
          L. Garcia (H, 1)0.2
          H. Robles1.0
          L. Bard1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Smyly, A. Sampson
          • IBB - A. Sampson
          • HBP - D. Smyly, A. Sampson
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 90-56, J. Chavez 8-5, A. Sampson 66-38, J. Gomez 8-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 3-3, J. Chavez 1-1, A. Sampson 4-4
          • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 20, J. Chavez 2, A. Sampson 17, J. Gomez
          PITCHING
          • HBP - L. Garcia
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 101-70, L. Garcia 11-6, H. Robles 15-11, L. Bard 19-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 6-7, L. Garcia 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, L. Garcia 3, H. Robles 4, L. Bard 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Pujols homered to left15
          • 5TH INNING
            Kiner-Falefa singled to left, Forsythe scored14
          • 4TH INNING
            Trout homered to left, Bourjos, La Stella and Fletcher scored04
          • 9TH INNING
            • Luke Bard relieved Hansel Robles
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Hansel Robles relieved Luis Garcia
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, DeShields struck out on foul tip
            • S. Choo: Choo singled to center
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to center
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging, Fletcher stole second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Fletcher to third on wild pitch, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Adrian Sampson
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brian Goodwin in right field
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Odor lined out to center
            • Luis Garcia relieved Tyler Skaggs
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Forsythe hit by pitch
            • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Pujols homered to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to left
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goodwin doubled to left center
            • K. Smith: Ball, Smith hit by pitch
            • P. Bourjos: Foul, Ball, Goodwin picked off at second, pitcher to second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bourjos walked, Smith to second
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andrus flied out to right
            • H. Pence: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mazara lined out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sampson Pitching:
            • P. Bourjos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bourjos flied out to deep left
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, La Stella flied out to deep center
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher doubled to deep right center
            • M. Trout: Trout intentionally walked
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Forsythe doubled to deep left
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to left, Forsythe scored
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kiner-Falefa out at second
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adrian Sampson relieved Jesse Chavez
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • K. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pence singled to center
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mazara grounded out to shortstop, Pence out at second
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Bourjos reached on an infield single to third
            • T. La Stella: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, La Stella walked, Bourjos to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left, Bourjos to third, La Stella to second
            • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Trout homered to left, Bourjos, La Stella and Fletcher scored
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Drew Smyly
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pujols flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman doubled to deep right
            • Asdrubal Cabrera ran for Ronald Guzman
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Cabrera to third
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout hit by pitch
            • A. Simmons: Simmons reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons stole second, Ball, Pujols walked
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to left
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara lined out to left
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor popped out to second
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith singled to left
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
            • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, La Stella singled to right center, Smith to second
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fletcher lined out to shortstop, Smith out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields flied out to deep center
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo doubled to deep right
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Fletcher safe at first on 1st baseman Forsythe throwing error
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked, Fletcher to second
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons singled to left, Fletcher to third, Trout to second
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy popped out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)