Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are on a roll.
On Thursday, the Halos defeated the Oakland A’s 8-3 to move two games over .500 and the team’s all-star centerfielder was officially named the starting centerfielder for the American League team for the 2019 All-Star game.
Just as important was the recent four-game winning streak that’s carried the Angels to a 42-40 record, still in fourth in the AL West, but just one game behind the third place A’s.
In Thursday’s win, the Angels built an early 7-1 lead and never looked back. In the second, Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run home run, and Shohei Ohtani matched it with a two-run round trip in the third. Albert Pujols and Luis Rengifo padded the lead with RBI singles. The final Angel score came in the sixth inning when Trout singled home Andrelton Simmons.
The Orange County team batted out 12 hits. Justin Upton had two hits and Rengifo three.
Griffin Canning (3-4) had a good outing, working six innings and giving up just three hits and two earned runs, both on home runs. He struck out six and walked two.
The four-game series with the A’s continues on Friday and will conclude on Sunday.