BOSTON — Mark Trumbo hit his career-high 30th homer, Ervin Santana pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Mike Trout had two hits, giving him 139 in the first 100 games of his rookie season, the most since 1964 when Tony Oliva had 144 for Minnesota. But his streak of 30 successful stolen base attempts ended in the eighth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw him out at second base on a pitchout.
The Angels began the day four games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card berth in the AL. After three games in Boston, they have three in Detroit, which started play one spot ahead of them in the wild-card race, 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles.
Los Angeles' playoff hopes took a beating when it ended a 10-game homestand by being swept in four games by the Tampa Bay Rays, who lead the wild-card race. But Santana's performance was a rare strong outing for the Angels' starters, who entered the game with a 6.76 ERA in in August
Santana (7-10) allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks, leaving after throwing 100 pitches. He is 3-0 in his last four starts and gave up three runs or less for the fourth time in five starts.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Aaron Cook (3-7) was touched for five runs on 11 hits in five innings and fell to 1-6 in his last eight starts. Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games overall.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Albert Pujols that drove in Trout, who had singled and moved to second on Cook's wild pickoff attempt. It was Trout's 97th run, breaking a tie with Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians for second-most runs in the first 100 games of a career since 1900. Jackson did it in 1911. Joe DiMaggio's 100 runs in 1936 are the most.
Los Angeles added two runs on five singles in the fourth. Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo got the first two hits. Erick Aybar then singled, scoring Kendrick and sending Callaspo to third. But Aybar was caught in a rundown and tagged between first and second. Chris Iannetta then singled in Callaspo.
The Angels made it 5-0 in the fifth on a single by Kendrys Morales and Trumbo's 30th homer, surpassing his personal best set last year.
The Red Sox managed just four hits in the first five innings, then cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth on Saltalamacchia's 21st homer of the year following a walk to Cody Ross. Boston scored its final run in the seventh when Scott Podsednik doubled, took third on a groundout and came home on a wild pitch by Jordan Walden.Comment on this story
Notes: The last time Trout was out trying to steal was June 4 against Seattle. ... All of Boston's uniformed personnel wore the No. 6 on the backs of their jerseys in honor of former Red Sox player, manager and broadcaster Johnny Pesky, who died Aug. 13 at age 92. A moment of silence was held during a pregame ceremony. ... The Red Sox placed LF Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow injury, optioned 3B Danny Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket and activated OF Daniel Nava and RHP Vicente Padilla from the disabled list. ... The teams met for the first time this season, the latest that has happened in the history of their series.