Trout homers again, Angels use 4 HRs to edge Astros 5-4

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Trout is on a roll and it's helping the Los Angeles Angels get on one, too.

Trout hit his American League-leading 26th homer, and Kole Calhoun, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to give the Angels a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Calhoun, Ohtani and Simmons all connected off Houston starter Justin Verlander (10-4) as he gave up three home runs for the third time in his last five starts.

The Angels won for the third time in the four games since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday.

''Obviously, it's good to get back into things, but we're still thinking about him,'' Trout said. ''He's watching over us and (we're) just going out there playing for him.''

The victory snaps a seven-game skid against Houston and ends a five-game winning streak overall by the Astros.

Los Angeles was swept in a three-game series against the Athletics before getting on track in the last few days. Trout's home run came off Hector Rondon with no outs in the eighth to make it 5-2. It's his third straight game with a homer and his 26 home runs are tied for his most before the All-Star break and most in franchise history before the midsummer classic.

Calhoun called Trout's recent offensive outburst ''special.''

''He's a guy that can carry this ballclub,'' he said. ''We can go a long way on his back.''

The three homers tied a season high for Verlander and he also matched a season high by allowing four runs in seven innings.

''I've seen Verlander firsthand, saw him for years,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Great competitor, great pitcher and you know you're in for a battle. With that being said, I haven't come across any pitcher who's pitched in the big leagues for any length of time who's unbeatable. You will find most of them have losses. Really, the frame of mind is, yeah, it's going to be tough but nobody is unbeatable.''

Verlander has allowed an MLB-leading 26 home runs this season, including 12 in his last five starts.

''I've got to do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard,'' he said. ''It's been a common theme here all year really, but really the last four or five starts. I've got to figure out a way to combat this thing.''

Noe Ramirez opened the game and threw a perfect first before Felix Pena (6-2) took over and allowed three hits and two runs while striking out five in four innings.

Michael Brantley homered and tied a career high with four hits as he finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Yuli Gurriel had a two-run shot as he homered for the third straight game. Brantley opened Houston's second with a home run to right field to make it 1-0.

Brantley singled with one out in the eighth before Gurriel got Houston within a run with his two-out shot to right field off Cam Bedrosian.

Hansel Robles pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

David Fletcher singled with one out in the third before Calhoun sent a pitch from Verlander into the bullpen in right-center for his 19th homer to put the Angels up 2-1.

There were two outs in the inning with Ohtani, who turned 25 on Friday, added a solo shot to push the lead to 3-1.

Brantley and Yordan Alvarez hit consecutive doubles with one out in the fourth before Brantley scored on a groundout by Gurriel to cut the lead to 1.

Simmons opened the sixth inning with his home run to the seats in left field to extend the lead to 4-2.

The Astros had a chance to cut the deficit in the sixth inning when Josh Reddick walked to load the bases with two outs. But Robinson Chirinos grounded into a force out to end the inning.

Verlander allowed seven hits and struck out six to move past Hall of Famer Jim Bunning for 18th place on the all-time strikeouts list with 2,859.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Justin Upton, who left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left quadriceps, remained out of the lineup Friday, but Ausmus said he was feeling better and could return Saturday. ... RHP Matt Harvey (back) is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday and is expected to return to the rotation after the All-Star break.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (broken rib) and INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) are at Houston's spring training facility in Florida continuing their rehabilitation. Manager AJ Hinch said both players are improving, but did not have a timetable for their return. ... RHP Corbin Martin, ranked by MLB.com as Houston's No. 4 prospect, had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

REMEMBERING TYLER

The Astros observed a moment of silence before the game to honor Skaggs. The team also planned to donate the proceeds of their charity raffle on Friday night to the Angels Baseball Foundation.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-2, 5.40 ERA) will start for Los Angeles on Saturday night. Heaney yielded six hits and five runs in six innings of a loss to Oakland in his last start.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (8-5, 3.28) is scheduled to start for Houston on Saturday. Cole allowed five hits and one run in seven innings against Seattle in his last start to win his fourth straight decision.

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  • W: F. Pena (6-2)L: J. Verlander (10-4)S: H. Robles (12)
  • HR: LAA - M. Trout (26), K. Calhoun (19), A. Simmons (4), S. Ohtani (13), HOU - M. Brantley (12), Y. Gurriel (12)
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M. Trout CF31111101.299.454.6331.0877.0
S. Ohtani DH41111012.309.361.569.9305.5
A. Simmons SS41111011.284.314.403.7165.5
A. Pujols 1B40100000.234.303.426.7291.0
J. Parker LF40000031.000.111.000.111-1.5
J. Lucroy C40100011.233.304.349.6531.5
L. Rengifo 2B40100011.257.326.380.707-0.5
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    G. Springer CF40000101.302.381.599.9801.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000002.259.325.454.7780.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000110.265.391.535.9260.5
    M. Brantley LF43411000.318.378.508.88513.0
    Y. Alvarez DH40100033.313.397.7191.1160.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B41131013.275.309.466.7757.5
    J. Reddick RF30000111.292.330.436.7660.5
    R. Chirinos C40000013.227.358.455.813-0.5
    M. Straw SS20000100.288.403.365.7693.0
    a- T. Kemp PH10000010.229.311.403.714-0.5
    J. Verlander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Straw in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Calhoun (16), J. Lucroy (6)
    • HR - K. Calhoun (19), M. Trout (26), S. Ohtani (13), A. Simmons (4)
    • RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (47), M. Trout (63), S. Ohtani (36), A. Simmons (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Ohtani (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, A. Simmons, L. Rengifo
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley 2 (24), Y. Alvarez (5)
    • HR - M. Brantley (12), Y. Gurriel (12)
    • RBI - M. Brantley (46), Y. Gurriel 3 (45)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), J. Reddick, R. Chirinos 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Rengifo (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Straw (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Ramirez1.00000003.091.053.0
    F. Pena (W, 6-2)4.03222514.721.2214.5
    J. Anderson (H, 9)0.21001103.451.37-1.5
    T. Buttrey (H, 17)1.10001002.201.152.0
    C. Bedrosian (H, 9)1.02220112.791.07-0.5
    H. Robles (S, 12)1.00000102.881.0610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Ramirez1.0
    F. Pena (W, 6-2)4.0
    J. Anderson (H, 9)0.2
    T. Buttrey (H, 17)1.1
    C. Bedrosian (H, 9)1.0
    H. Robles (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (L, 10-4)7.07441632.980.817.0
    H. Rondon1.01110013.001.301.0
    J. James1.01000205.151.353.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (L, 10-4)7.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    J. James1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 8-6, F. Pena 61-38, J. Anderson 20-13, T. Buttrey 18-10, C. Bedrosian 18-14, H. Robles 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Ramirez 2-1, F. Pena 4-3, T. Buttrey 3-1, H. Robles 2-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 3, F. Pena 17, J. Anderson 4, T. Buttrey 5, C. Bedrosian 5, H. Robles 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Verlander (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 102-75, H. Rondon 14-8, J. James 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-7, H. Rondon 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, H. Rondon 4, J. James 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    K. Calhoun RF41221010.238.324.482.8068.5
    M. Trout CF31111101.299.454.6331.0877.0
    S. Ohtani DH41111012.309.361.569.9305.5
    A. Simmons SS41111011.284.314.403.7165.5
    A. Pujols 1B40100000.234.303.426.7291.0
    J. Parker LF40000031.000.111.000.111-1.5
    J. Lucroy C40100011.233.304.349.6531.5
    L. Rengifo 2B40100011.257.326.380.707-0.5
    D. Fletcher 3B31100000.287.351.398.7492.0
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    F. Pena P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Robles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      G. Springer CF40000101.302.381.599.9801.0
      J. Altuve 2B40000002.259.325.454.7780.0
      A. Bregman 3B30000110.265.391.535.9260.5
      M. Brantley LF43411000.318.378.508.88513.0
      Y. Alvarez DH40100033.313.397.7191.1160.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B41131013.275.309.466.7757.5
      J. Reddick RF30000111.292.330.436.7660.5
      R. Chirinos C40000013.227.358.455.813-0.5
      M. Straw SS20000100.288.403.365.7693.0
      a- T. Kemp PH10000010.229.311.403.714-0.5
      J. Verlander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-struck out for Straw in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Calhoun (16), J. Lucroy (6)
      • HR - K. Calhoun (19), M. Trout (26), S. Ohtani (13), A. Simmons (4)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (47), M. Trout (63), S. Ohtani (36), A. Simmons (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Ohtani (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, A. Simmons, L. Rengifo
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley 2 (24), Y. Alvarez (5)
      • HR - M. Brantley (12), Y. Gurriel (12)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (46), Y. Gurriel 3 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve 2 (2), J. Reddick, R. Chirinos 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Rengifo (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Straw (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Ramirez1.00000003.091.053.0
      F. Pena (W, 6-2)4.03222514.721.2214.5
      J. Anderson (H, 9)0.21001103.451.37-1.5
      T. Buttrey (H, 17)1.10001002.201.152.0
      C. Bedrosian (H, 9)1.02220112.791.07-0.5
      H. Robles (S, 12)1.00000102.881.0610.5
      Total9.0644482---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Ramirez1.0
      F. Pena (W, 6-2)4.0
      J. Anderson (H, 9)0.2
      T. Buttrey (H, 17)1.1
      C. Bedrosian (H, 9)1.0
      H. Robles (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 10-4)7.07441632.980.817.0
      H. Rondon1.01110013.001.301.0
      J. James1.01000205.151.353.0
      Total9.0955184---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 10-4)7.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      J. James1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 8-6, F. Pena 61-38, J. Anderson 20-13, T. Buttrey 18-10, C. Bedrosian 18-14, H. Robles 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Ramirez 2-1, F. Pena 4-3, T. Buttrey 3-1, H. Robles 2-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 3, F. Pena 17, J. Anderson 4, T. Buttrey 5, C. Bedrosian 5, H. Robles 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Verlander (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 102-75, H. Rondon 14-8, J. James 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 7-7, H. Rondon 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, H. Rondon 4, J. James 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to right, Brantley scored54
        Trout homered to left center52
      • 6TH INNING
        Simmons homered to left42
      • 4TH INNING
        Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Brantley scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Ohtani homered to center31
        Calhoun homered to right center, Fletcher scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Brantley homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Hector Rondon
        • J. Parker: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parker struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rengifo singled to center
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hansel Robles relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to second
        • Tony Kemp hit for Myles Straw
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Justin Verlander
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout homered to left center
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani grounded out to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Ty Buttrey
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman fouled out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel homered to right, Brantley scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to second
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Buttrey Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Straw grounded out to first
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer popped out to first
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons homered to left
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to second
        • J. Parker: Ball, Parker flied out to center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Anderson relieved Felix Pena
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley doubled to right, Bregman to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel popped out to second
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Justin Anderson
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick walked
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos reached on fielder's choice to third, Reddick out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fletcher popped out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun doubled to deep right
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout flied out to shallow left
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Foul, Ohtani grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Chirinos popped out to second
        • M. Straw: Straw grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to third, Springer out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to second
        • J. Parker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parker struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy doubled to left center
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike swinging, Rengifo lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Brantley doubled to right center
        • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez doubled to left center, Brantley to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Brantley scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fletcher singled to left center
        • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Calhoun homered to right center, Fletcher scored
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Trout flied out to center
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani homered to center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Straw walked
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Straw stole second, Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Pujols singled to left
        • J. Parker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parker struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play third to second to first, Pujols out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Felix Pena relieved Noe Ramirez
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley homered to right
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging, Trout to second on wild pitch
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)