Trout’s terrific but not enough in 3-1 loss

MIKE TROUT went 3-for-4 and homered in the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday (Keith Allison photo).

Mike Trout is arguably the best baseball player in the world.  And sometimes it seems like he’s the only player in the Angels lineup.

The Halo centerfielder went 3-for-4 and hit his 25th home run of the season on Saturday in Anaheim, but it wasn’t enough as the Halos lost 3-1 to the Dodgers in the second game of their Freeway Series.

Losing dropped the Angels back to .500 at 45-45. The win kept the Dodgers (48-40) a half-game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

Trout got three of the team’s four hits. He singled twice and homered in the sixth inning. Ross Stripling (7-2) dominated the Halo batters, working six innings and yielding just three hits and one earned run. He struck out seven and walked one.

Deck McGuire pitched three shutout innings for the Angels, yielding one hit. He struck out six and walked two. The loss went to Taylor Cole (0-1) in relief. He worked 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and two runs. He struck out four and walked one.

The deciding game of the series on Sunday will see Andrew Heaney (4-6) start for the Orange County team and Alex Wood (5-5) doing that for the visitors.

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