Angels end 5-game skid with victory over Orioles

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Mike Trout, batting leadoff for the first time since 2020, hit his ninth home run this season during the Angels 7-4 win over the Orioles.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout got things going Tuesday night with a home run in his first at-bat, keeping him atop the American League with nine homers, and helping the Angels to a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium.

The home run was Trout’s sixth lead off home run and his first since 2012, his rookie season.

Trout’s homer provided a spark plug for a struggling Angels offense. 

“You love a lead-off bomb,” Logan O’Hoppe said. “It was weird looking up and seeing him leading off but if he keeps doing that, obviously we’d love to keep doing that.”

Griffin Canning picked up his first win this season (1-3, 7.50 ERA), pitching five innings and allowing five hits and three earned runs.

The Angels added a pair of runs in each the second, third and fourth innings to balloon the lead to 7-0. 

While the big change in the lineup happened at the top, spots 6-9, occupied by O’Hoppe, Jo Adell, Luis Rengifo and Zach Neto, produced four doubles against the Orioles and help catapult the offense.

“It was only a matter of time and we did it against a pretty good pitcher,” Angels manager Ron Washington said of his team’s offense. “It was nice to see some offense. Everybody got involved, a lot of energy, so we just got to keep it going.”

O’Hoppe hopes this can rejuvenate the rest of the Angels batting order. 

“It’s important to produce one through nine, we’re one offense, not nine individuals in nine different spots,” O’Hoppe said. “I think it’s great, us coming together at the bottom of the lineup but it’s going to take one through nine.” 

The Orioles tightened the game in the fifth, adding three runs to a make the score 7-3.

Gunner Henderson’s solo home run in the seventh inning appeared to spark the rally the Orioles needed, with hits from Adley Rutschman and Ryan O’Hearn bringing Anthony Santander, the tying run, to the plate. 

Angels reliever Luis Garcia managed to escape a fly out by Anthony Santander and a strikeout by Cedric Mullins to hold onto the lead, 7-3.

“We needed him to do exactly what he did,” Washington said of Garcia’s performance. “That last inning he threw, I think, his stuff as he could get.” 

Carlos Estévez earned up his fourth save of the season.

The Angels end the three-games with the Orioles at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday.