Trout, Angels batter Kikuchi in 9-3 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Even without Shohei Ohtani in the lineup, nullifying a highly anticipated matchup for Japanese baseball fans, the Los Angeles Angels had no problem solving Yusei Kikuchi this time around.

Kole Calhoun and Cesar Puello homered, Mike Trout had three RBIs and the Angels battered Kikuchi for six early runs in a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

The first matchup in the majors between Kikuchi and Ohtani was delayed when Ohtani was given the night off by Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus. Still, the Angels handed Kikuchi (3-3) a second straight miserable outing.

The rookie gave up 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, same as his previous game against Oakland. He failed to strike out a batter for the first time in 13 big league starts.

''I have to learn to grind through the games where I'm not having my best stuff,'' Kikuchi said through a translator. ''That was something I had to work on from my last start and it came up again today, so I'm still working through the adjustments.''

Kikuchi's problems started immediately with Albert Pujols' RBI single in the first after the left-hander opened the game with consecutive walks. Calhoun led off the second with his 11th home run and Puello followed an inning later with his second in eight at-bats since being brought up from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Trout ended Kikuchi's night with a two-run double in the fourth.

''When I first saw him back in Anaheim, you know first time seeing him, it's tough for a hitter. You've got to see what he's got. Tonight was just trying to get pitches you could hit,'' Trout said.

Kikuchi beat the Angels in late April despite giving up 10 hits and four earned runs. The six earned runs allowed Thursday were a season high.

Seattle has planned to give Kikuchi periodic short starts throughout the season to limit his innings, and he could be in line for one his next turn through the rotation.

''We'll talk about it and sit down with him. I'm more concerned about where he's at and making sure he's going to learn from this type of stuff,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''The nights you don't have your A game, you have got to figure out a way. That's what really separates the pitchers in this league.''

The Angels used Luis Garcia as an opener, but it was Felix Pena (3-1) shutting down the Mariners after Garcia's one inning. Pena threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and three runs. Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, and later drove in another run on a groundout.

Pena is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA in six games when the Angels have used an opener and Pena has followed. His performance gave the bullpen a needed rest.

''He did a great job. Early in the season it seemed like his velocity would taper off after 60 or so pitches and even to the last hitter I believe he hit 92 (mph),'' Ausmus said. ''He has gotten better at maintaining velocity.''

NO OHTANI

Ausmus said matchups were the reason for not playing Ohtani. Seattle is set to throw three left-handed starters in the series and Ausmus had planned to rest Ohtani for one of the three games. Ohtani had five previous at-bats against Kikuchi in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, with two hits and three strikeouts.

The next chance for the pair to square off could come next week when Seattle plays a three-game series in Anaheim. If Seattle stays in rotation, Kikuchi could pitch the final game of the series. After next week, the teams don't meet again until after the All-Star break.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire on Friday. Ramirez is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Mariners: RHP Hunter Strickland (lat) will throw a bullpen this weekend. Strickland will likely need a couple of bullpen sessions and a rehab assignment before rejoining the bullpen. ... RHP Felix Hernandez (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen early next week.

UP NEXT

Angels: Tyler Skaggs (4-4) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings but did not get a decision in his last start. Skaggs is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA in nine career starts vs. Seattle.

Mariners: Mike Leake (3-6) has lost six of his last seven decisions. Leake allowed five earned runs last time out in a loss to Oakland.

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SEA24-35
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  • W: F. Pena (3-1)L: Y. Kikuchi (3-3)
  • HR: LAA - C. Puello (2), K. Calhoun (11), SEA - T. Beckham (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fletcher SS41100105.314.368.447.8143.0
M. Trout CF30230212.283.457.5721.0297.5
A. Pujols 1B40110104.228.304.427.7313.0
T. La Stella 3B51200014.310.372.538.9102.5
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K. Calhoun RF42221110.245.335.495.8309.5
D. Garneau C51200014.250.500.250.7502.5
L. Rengifo 2B42220113.224.308.313.6217.5
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    M. Smith CF30000100.197.279.299.5783.0
    K. Seager 3B40100021.240.296.280.5760.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000033.239.352.467.819-1.5
    D. Vogelbach 1B40000022.245.376.572.949-1.0
    M. Haniger RF31100100.230.322.486.8083.0
    O. Narvaez C30000101.287.362.465.8271.0
    J. Bruce LF31100112.209.276.515.7923.5
    T. Beckham SS31131013.259.310.523.8337.5
    S. Long 2B30000021.222.333.361.694-1.0
    Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. McKay P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Brennan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Elias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout (14), L. Rengifo (4)
      • HR - C. Puello (2), K. Calhoun (11)
      • RBI - M. Trout 3 (33), A. Pujols (26), C. Puello (5), K. Calhoun 2 (31), L. Rengifo 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Puello (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2), C. Puello 2 (2), L. Rengifo 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bruce (11)
      • HR - T. Beckham (11)
      • RBI - T. Beckham 3 (32)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, T. Beckham 2 (2), S. Long
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (La Stella-Rengifo-Pujols; Rengifo-Fletcher-Pujols)
      • E - F. Pena
      FIELDING
      • DP - 4 (Beckham-Vogelbach; Kikuchi-Long-Vogelbach; Beckham-Vogelbach; Beckham-Long-Vogelbach)
      • E - T. Beckham (13)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Garcia1.01000003.151.402.0
      F. Pena (W, 3-1)5.13333813.420.9817.0
      J. Jewell2.20001308.591.506.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Garcia1.0
      F. Pena (W, 3-1)5.1
      J. Jewell2.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-3)3.110662024.431.31-14.0
      D. McKay1.02212101.801.40-1.5
      B. Brennan1.20000203.001.074.0
      C. Gearrin1.00000203.481.454.0
      R. Elias1.00002004.001.441.0
      C. Sadzeck1.03110102.701.24-0.5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Garcia 9-6, F. Pena 102-64, J. Jewell 36-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Garcia 2-0, F. Pena 5-3, J. Jewell 4-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Garcia 3, F. Pena 22, J. Jewell 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 73-40, D. McKay 34-19, B. Brennan 24-15, C. Gearrin 16-11, R. Elias 15-6, C. Sadzeck 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 4-4, D. McKay 2-0, B. Brennan 3-0, C. Gearrin 1-0, R. Elias 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 20, D. McKay 7, B. Brennan 5, C. Gearrin 3, R. Elias 4, C. Sadzeck 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Fletcher SS41100105.314.368.447.8143.0
      M. Trout CF30230212.283.457.5721.0297.5
      A. Pujols 1B40110104.228.304.427.7313.0
      T. La Stella 3B51200014.310.372.538.9102.5
      J. Lucroy DH50000014.261.329.427.756-0.5
      C. Puello LF52311002.545.5831.0911.6749.0
      K. Calhoun RF42221110.245.335.495.8309.5
      D. Garneau C51200014.250.500.250.7502.5
      L. Rengifo 2B42220113.224.308.313.6217.5
      L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      F. Pena P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        M. Smith CF30000100.197.279.299.5783.0
        K. Seager 3B40100021.240.296.280.5760.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000033.239.352.467.819-1.5
        D. Vogelbach 1B40000022.245.376.572.949-1.0
        M. Haniger RF31100100.230.322.486.8083.0
        O. Narvaez C30000101.287.362.465.8271.0
        J. Bruce LF31100112.209.276.515.7923.5
        T. Beckham SS31131013.259.310.523.8337.5
        S. Long 2B30000021.222.333.361.694-1.0
        Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. McKay P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Brennan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Elias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Sadzeck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Trout (14), L. Rengifo (4)
          • HR - C. Puello (2), K. Calhoun (11)
          • RBI - M. Trout 3 (33), A. Pujols (26), C. Puello (5), K. Calhoun 2 (31), L. Rengifo 2 (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Puello (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2), C. Puello 2 (2), L. Rengifo 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bruce (11)
          • HR - T. Beckham (11)
          • RBI - T. Beckham 3 (32)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, T. Beckham 2 (2), S. Long
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (La Stella-Rengifo-Pujols; Rengifo-Fletcher-Pujols)
          • E - F. Pena
          FIELDING
          • DP - 4 (Beckham-Vogelbach; Kikuchi-Long-Vogelbach; Beckham-Vogelbach; Beckham-Long-Vogelbach)
          • E - T. Beckham (13)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Garcia1.01000003.151.402.0
          F. Pena (W, 3-1)5.13333813.420.9817.0
          J. Jewell2.20001308.591.506.5
          Total9.04334111---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Garcia1.0
          F. Pena (W, 3-1)5.1
          J. Jewell2.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-3)3.110662024.431.31-14.0
          D. McKay1.02212101.801.40-1.5
          B. Brennan1.20000203.001.074.0
          C. Gearrin1.00000203.481.454.0
          R. Elias1.00002004.001.441.0
          C. Sadzeck1.03110102.701.24-0.5
          Total9.01598662---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-3)3.1
          D. McKay1.0
          B. Brennan1.2
          C. Gearrin1.0
          R. Elias1.0
          C. Sadzeck1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Garcia 9-6, F. Pena 102-64, J. Jewell 36-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Garcia 2-0, F. Pena 5-3, J. Jewell 4-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Garcia 3, F. Pena 22, J. Jewell 9
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 73-40, D. McKay 34-19, B. Brennan 24-15, C. Gearrin 16-11, R. Elias 15-6, C. Sadzeck 17-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 4-4, D. McKay 2-0, B. Brennan 3-0, C. Gearrin 1-0, R. Elias 1-1
          • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 20, D. McKay 7, B. Brennan 5, C. Gearrin 3, R. Elias 4, C. Sadzeck 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Calhoun singled to left center, La Stella scored, Puello to third93
          • 7TH INNING
            Beckham grounded out to shortstop, Haniger scored83
          • 5TH INNING
            Beckham homered to left center, Bruce scored82
            Rengifo doubled to deep right center, Puello and Calhoun scored, Garneau to third80
          • 4TH INNING
            Trout doubled to shallow left, Garneau and Rengifo scored60
          • 3RD INNING
            Puello homered to right center40
          • 2ND INNING
            Trout singled to right, Rengifo scored, Fletcher to third30
            Calhoun homered to right center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Pujols singled to left, Fletcher scored, Trout to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Connor Sadzeck relieved Roenis Elias
            • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy lined out to center
            • C. Puello: Foul, Ball, Puello reached on an infield single to shortstop, La Stella to second
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to left center, La Stella scored, Puello to third
            • D. Garneau: Ball, Foul, Garneau popped out to third
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rengifo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Jewell Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
            • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Roenis Elias relieved Cory Gearrin
            • L. Rengifo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rengifo walked
            • D. Fletcher: Fletcher flied out to deep center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Rengifo to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Jewell Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Smith stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Brandon Brennan
            • C. Puello: Strike looking, Puello grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
            • D. Garneau: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger walked
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez flied out to left
            • J. Bruce: Bruce doubled to right, Haniger to third
            • Jake Jewell relieved Felix Pena
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop, Haniger scored
            • S. Long: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Long struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Brennan Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • T. La Stella: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, La Stella struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager safe at first on Pena fielding error
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Seager out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. McKay Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • C. Puello: Ball, Foul, Puello singled to left center
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked, Puello to second
            • D. Garneau: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garneau reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Puello to third, Calhoun to second on shortstop Beckham fielding error
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Rengifo doubled to deep right center, Puello and Calhoun scored, Garneau to third
            • Brandon Brennan relieved David McKay
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rengifo out at third
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce walked
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beckham homered to left center, Bruce scored
            • S. Long: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Long grounded out to first
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Garneau singled to shallow right
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo singled to left, Garneau to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher fouled out to catcher
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout doubled to shallow left, Garneau and Rengifo scored
            • David McKay relieved Yusei Kikuchi
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded into double play shortstop to first, Pujols out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • T. La Stella: Foul, Ball, Foul, La Stella singled to right
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, La Stella out at second
            • C. Puello: Ball, Ball, Puello homered to right center
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Pena Pitching:
            • S. Long: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Long struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Smith lined out to right
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Seager struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun homered to right center
            • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Garneau singled to center
            • L. Rengifo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rengifo reached on fielder's choice to second, Garneau out at second
            • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Fletcher singled to center, Rengifo to third
            • M. Trout: Trout singled to right, Rengifo scored, Fletcher to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded into double play shortstop to first, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Felix Pena relieved Luis Garcia
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger singled to left
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked, Haniger to second
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher walked
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked, Fletcher to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols singled to left, Fletcher scored, Trout to second
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella fouled out to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy lined out to left
            • C. Puello: Puello grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Garcia Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager singled to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded into double play third to second to first, Seager out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)