Trout's 40th homer, 4 hits propel Angels past White Sox 8-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A low changeup scraping the outside corner is not a home run pitch for most hitters.

Mike Trout is not most hitters, and he blasted it off the fake rock pile beyond center field at the Big A for the latest milestone homer in what's shaping up to be his best power season yet.

''I like that,'' Trout said with a grin. ''I like it down. I think everybody knows that.''

Trout went 4 for 4, scored four runs and hit his AL-leading 40th homer, and Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Trout turned a good, low pitch from Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) into a homer in the third inning, and he kept pace with the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger for the overall major league homers lead.

He also reached another franchise milestone: The two-time AL MVP became the fastest player to 40 homers in Angels history and the fifth-fastest in the majors in this century by reaching the mark in 123 games - 13 fewer than Troy Glaus needed for the Halos in 2000.

''It's pretty cool, pretty special,'' Trout said. ''I've just got to keep it going, finish strong and see where it all goes.''

Trout is checking the homer race occasionally to see how Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Pete Alonso are slugging.

''I'm pulling for all them guys,'' Trout said. ''It's going to be fun down the stretch. I'm not trying to hit homers, though. I'm just barreling up the ball, and they're going out.''

Trout wasn't the only player putting on a power show in Anaheim. Jose Abreu hit two homers for Chicago, and Justin Upton had a three-run shot for the Angels.

But Trout reached base five times, emphatically snapping an 0-for-11 mini-slump with four consecutive hits before drawing a four-pitch walk in the eighth.

Trout's career high is 41 homers, and the Angels' single-season franchise record is 47 by Glaus in 2000. Both are easily reachable for the majors' leader in on-base percentage and the AL leader in slugging percentage and OPS.

''I thought the home run was impressive because he was fooled on it,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He was out in front, and he still managed to hit it over the wall. Yeah, he's pretty good.''

The Angels took an 8-3 lead into the ninth, but nearly blew it by allowing five hits. James McCann had an RBI triple off Trevor Cahill before Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.

Robles gave up another one-out single, but struck out Ryan Goins with a runner on second to earn his 17th save in the opener of a four-game weekend series between two big-city AL clubs sitting well outside the playoff race in mid-August.

''The guys didn't quit,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''Had the potential tying run on second base in the ninth. After being down the way we were, I tip my hat to my guys for continuing to fight.''

Upton drove in four runs and David Fletcher hit a tiebreaking two-run single as the Angels earned their fourth win in six games.

Heaney (2-3) yielded three runs in his first victory since June, striking out six and walking none in his second start back from a shoulder injury. He retired the first 10 White Sox, followed by eight more in a row.

Upton connected for his eighth homer immediately after second baseman Yolmer Sanchez bobbled Shohei Ohtani's grounder, which would have ended the sixth inning.

Lopez yielded nine hits and five runs while pitching into the sixth inning of his first loss in four starts.

Ohtani went 2 for 5, giving him 12 hits in his last six games.

HOMER HISTORY

Abreu tied and passed Robin Ventura, his former manager, with his 170th homer for the Sox, a two-run shot in the fourth. Abreu then passed Ventura for sole possession of sixth place in team history with a solo shot leading off the seventh, his 26th of the season.

''It's a huge honor for me to be with those names in the list,'' Abreu said through a translator. ''Passing Robin, I had the chance to play for him, so knowing that is even more special.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Leury Garcia returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with a bruised finger. He started at third base for the first time this season and the 15th time in his career. ... Yoan Moncada will play a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He's out with a strained right hamstring.

Angels: RHP Keynan Middleton will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. The reliever is almost back from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

All-Star Lucas Giolito (12-6, 3.42 ERA) looks for his second win in eight starts for the White Sox. He faces Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 5.59 ERA), who makes his third career start for the Halos.

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  • W: A. Heaney (2-3)L: R. Lopez (7-10)S: H. Robles (17)
  • HR: CHW - W. Castillo (7), J. Abreu 2 (26), LAA - J. Upton (8), M. Trout (40)
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J. Abreu 1B42232011.278.318.497.81512.5
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E. Jimenez LF41110000.240.294.461.7543.0
W. Castillo C41221010.211.283.386.6688.5
Y. Sanchez 2B40100001.246.308.318.6261.0
A. Engel CF20000010.218.279.336.615-0.5
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R. Cordell RF20000010.228.286.358.643-0.5
b- R. Goins PH-3B20000011.278.375.422.797-0.5
HITTERSAB
L. Garcia 3B-CF4
T. Anderson SS4
J. Abreu 1B4
J. McCann DH4
E. Jimenez LF4
W. Castillo C4
Y. Sanchez 2B4
A. Engel CF2
a- J. Jay PH-RF2
R. Cordell RF2
b- R. Goins PH-3B2
  • a-flied out for Engel in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Cordell in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin RF41000130.279.333.474.8070.5
M. Trout CF44411100.298.444.6651.10913.0
S. Ohtani DH51200014.296.357.513.8703.5
J. Upton LF32141102.215.304.417.72011.0
D. Fletcher 3B40220011.286.345.398.7424.5
M. Thaiss 1B40100022.190.273.405.6780.0
L. Rengifo 2B40110002.246.327.364.6912.0
W. Tovar SS40000024.194.254.258.512-1.0
M. Stassi C40000022.139.200.174.374-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Castillo (8)
    • 3B - J. McCann
    • HR - J. Abreu 2 (26), W. Castillo (7)
    • RBI - J. Abreu 3 (89), J. McCann (43), E. Jimenez (47), W. Castillo 2 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, R. Goins
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Ohtani (15), D. Fletcher (27)
    • HR - M. Trout (40), J. Upton (8)
    • RBI - M. Trout (93), J. Upton 4 (28), D. Fletcher 2 (42), L. Rengifo (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (28), J. Upton 3 (8), L. Rengifo (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, J. Upton, D. Fletcher, W. Tovar 2 (2), M. Stassi 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Sanchez (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Rengifo (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez (L, 7-10)5.19552615.291.50-3.0
    J. Osich1.12300215.511.222.0
    J. Fry1.10001304.911.663.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez (L, 7-10)5.1
    J. Osich1.1
    J. Fry1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Heaney (W, 2-3)7.04330624.761.2527.0
    T. Cahill1.13330006.621.45-3.0
    H. Robles (S, 17)0.22110112.981.164.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Heaney (W, 2-3)7.0
    T. Cahill1.1
    H. Robles (S, 17)0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Lopez (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 98-59, J. Osich 30-18, J. Fry 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 3-7, J. Osich 3-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Osich 7, J. Fry 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 90-65, T. Cahill 27-19, H. Robles 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 5-10, T. Cahill 2-2, H. Robles 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 25, T. Cahill 7, H. Robles 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Garcia 3B-CF40000000.286.318.389.7070.0
    T. Anderson SS42200000.325.348.491.8394.0
    J. Abreu 1B42232011.278.318.497.81512.5
    J. McCann DH41110020.287.341.467.8084.0
    E. Jimenez LF41110000.240.294.461.7543.0
    W. Castillo C41221010.211.283.386.6688.5
    Y. Sanchez 2B40100001.246.308.318.6261.0
    A. Engel CF20000010.218.279.336.615-0.5
    a- J. Jay PH-RF20000001.281.313.338.6510.0
    R. Cordell RF20000010.228.286.358.643-0.5
    b- R. Goins PH-3B20000011.278.375.422.797-0.5
    Total367973074-----
    HITTERSAB
    L. Garcia 3B-CF4
    T. Anderson SS4
    J. Abreu 1B4
    J. McCann DH4
    E. Jimenez LF4
    W. Castillo C4
    Y. Sanchez 2B4
    A. Engel CF2
    a- J. Jay PH-RF2
    R. Cordell RF2
    b- R. Goins PH-3B2
    Total36
    • a-flied out for Engel in the 8th
    • b-grounded out for Cordell in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Goodwin RF41000130.279.333.474.8070.5
    M. Trout CF44411100.298.444.6651.10913.0
    S. Ohtani DH51200014.296.357.513.8703.5
    J. Upton LF32141102.215.304.417.72011.0
    D. Fletcher 3B40220011.286.345.398.7424.5
    M. Thaiss 1B40100022.190.273.405.6780.0
    L. Rengifo 2B40110002.246.327.364.6912.0
    W. Tovar SS40000024.194.254.258.512-1.0
    M. Stassi C40000022.139.200.174.374-1.0
    Total368118231117-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Castillo (8)
      • 3B - J. McCann
      • HR - J. Abreu 2 (26), W. Castillo (7)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 3 (89), J. McCann (43), E. Jimenez (47), W. Castillo 2 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, R. Goins
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Ohtani (15), D. Fletcher (27)
      • HR - M. Trout (40), J. Upton (8)
      • RBI - M. Trout (93), J. Upton 4 (28), D. Fletcher 2 (42), L. Rengifo (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (28), J. Upton 3 (8), L. Rengifo (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani, J. Upton, D. Fletcher, W. Tovar 2 (2), M. Stassi 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Sanchez (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Rengifo (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 7-10)5.19552615.291.50-3.0
      J. Osich1.12300215.511.222.0
      J. Fry1.10001304.911.663.5
      Total8.011853112---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 7-10)5.1
      J. Osich1.1
      J. Fry1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Heaney (W, 2-3)7.04330624.761.2527.0
      T. Cahill1.13330006.621.45-3.0
      H. Robles (S, 17)0.22110112.981.164.5
      Total9.0977073---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Heaney (W, 2-3)7.0
      T. Cahill1.1
      H. Robles (S, 17)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Lopez (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 98-59, J. Osich 30-18, J. Fry 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 3-7, J. Osich 3-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Osich 7, J. Fry 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 90-65, T. Cahill 27-19, H. Robles 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 5-10, T. Cahill 2-2, H. Robles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 25, T. Cahill 7, H. Robles 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Castillo homered to right center, Jimenez scored78
        Jimenez reached on an infield single to shortstop, McCann scored58
        McCann tripled to deep right, Anderson scored48
      • 7TH INNING
        Abreu homered to center38
      • 6TH INNING
        Upton homered to center, Trout and Ohtani scored28
      • 5TH INNING
        Rengifo singled to left, Upton scored, Fletcher to second25
        Fletcher singled to left, Goodwin and Trout scored, Upton to second24
      • 4TH INNING
        Abreu homered to center, Anderson scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Trout homered to center02
      • 1ST INNING
        Upton grounded out to shortstop, Trout scored, Ohtani to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Anderson reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Abreu popped out to shortstop
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, McCann tripled to deep right, Anderson scored
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jimenez reached on an infield single to shortstop, McCann scored
        • Hansel Robles relieved Trevor Cahill
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo homered to right center, Jimenez scored
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to left center
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Jay reached on fielder's choice to third, Jay to second, Sanchez out at second on 2nd baseman Rengifo throwing error
        • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Trevor Cahill relieved Andrew Heaney
        • Jon Jay hit for Adam Engel
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to left
        • Ryan Goins hit for Ryan Cordell
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Goins grounded out to first
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Fry Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu homered to center
        • J. McCann: McCann flied out to center
        • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Jimenez lined out to first
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Castillo doubled to deep left
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Osich Pitching:
        • M. Thaiss: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Thaiss grounded out to first
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to third
        • Jace Fry relieved Josh Osich
        • W. Tovar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tovar struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia flied out to right
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Stassi flied out to center
        • Josh Osich relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Goodwin struck out on foul tip
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout singled to left
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani safe at first on 2nd baseman Sanchez fielding error, Trout to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton homered to center, Trout and Ohtani scored
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Castillo grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to catcher
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodwin walked
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Trout singled to center, Goodwin to second
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodwin to third, Trout to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Upton walked
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher singled to left, Goodwin and Trout scored, Upton to second
        • M. Thaiss: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thaiss struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo singled to left, Upton scored, Fletcher to second
        • W. Tovar: Ball, Tovar flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to first
        • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson singled to left
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Abreu homered to center, Anderson scored
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • E. Jimenez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jimenez lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher doubled to deep left
        • M. Thaiss: Ball, Thaiss singled to left center, Fletcher to third
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Rengifo lined out to left
        • W. Tovar: Tovar fouled out to first
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez popped out to shortstop
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Foul, Cordell fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi lined out to second
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Goodwin struck out on foul tip
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout homered to center
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani singled to right
        • J. Upton: Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Jimenez lined out to right
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Thaiss: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thaiss struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rengifo lined out to third
        • W. Tovar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tovar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Abreu struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Goodwin popped out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout reached on an infield single to second
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani doubled to left center, Trout to third
        • J. Upton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop, Trout scored, Ohtani to third
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)