Trout homers for 8th time in 10 games, Angels beat M’s 8-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout homered for the eighth time in 10 games and the Los Angeles Angels snapped the Seattle Mariners’ AL wild-card streak with an 8-7 victory Friday night that ended a four-game losing streak.

Trout hit a seven-game hitting streak, one short of the major league record, before failing to hit one Tuesday and Wednesday in Cleveland. He put the Angels ahead 5-3 when he led off the fifth with his 36th home run of the season, tying an Angel Stadium record by homering in a fifth straight.

Seattle (80-63) fell a game behind Toronto (82-63) for the AL’s top wild-card spot and remained a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay (80-64), which is in the third and final wild-card spot.

“We’ve got 19 (games coming up) and you’re not going to win every one,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’re better than what we played tonight, we know that. But we did a lot of good things offensively and we’ll continue to do that in this series.”

The Angels’ Luis Rengifo went deep from each side of the plate in his first career multi-homer game. He hit a solo shot in the third off right-hander Robbie Ray and a three-run shot to left in the sixth off Matthew Festa that put the Angels ahead 8-4.

“(The second one) is really big because it gives our bullpen a little bit of breathing room and they can use it a little bit,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “But he was really big for us and he stepped up well in big spots, got hits when you needed them and played good defense as well.”

Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez hit his fifth home run, his 27th of the season. Carlos Santana went deep twice to raise his total to 17 and Ty France hit his 19th.

Angels starter Michael Lorenzen (7-6) gave up three runs and four hits over five innings.

France hit a two-run homer in the seventh against Andrew Wantz, but with the bases loaded, Sam Haggerty grounded into an inning-ending double play against Jose Quijada.

Santana hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot with one out in the ninth off Ryan Segarra, who struck out Jesse Winker and retired JP Crawford on a flyout for his third save. The Los Angeles bullpen gave up four runs in four innings.

“Late in the game, you have to throw more strikes,” Nevin said. “You’re going to give up hits and I know you’re going to walk guys sometimes, but we’ve got to get better at throwing strikes when (the relievers) come out of the gates there.”

Ray (12-10) gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings while losing his second straight start.

“My last couple (of starts) I feel like I’ve been working a little too hard, throwing too many pitches,” Ray said after also falling to the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 9. “(I’m) not necessarily walking guys, but I just can’t push guys away or get them to hit somebody. I have to be a little bit better.”

HOMERING IN THE BIG A’s

Trout tied the Anaheim Stadium record of five consecutive home runs shared by Bobby Bonds (1977), Matt Noakes (1987) and Jim Thome (1995-96).

COACH ROOM

Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suarez left in the middle of the fifth inning with an injury to his right index finger. X-rays were “inconclusive,” according to Servais. … OF Mitch Haniger (back) was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game, but swung the bat before the game and did some running in the infield with a chance to return Saturday. … INF/OF Dylan Moore (slanted) jwent 1 for 4 for Triple-A Tacoma in the start of a rehab assignment and could be able to return during this series. … C Cal Raleigh (thumb) was injured entering first base this week and did not play.

Angels: INF David Fletcher (hand), who was reduced to bunting during recent struggles, was out of the starting lineup and underwent a negative CT scan before entering the game in the sixth inning as a pinch runner. After the game, Nevin said Fletcher would be placed on the injured list.

NEXT

Angels RHP Shohei Ohtani (12-8, 2.55) enters Saturday with a 1.83 ERA over his last 15 starts and 93 2/3 innings. Mariners RHP George Kirby (7-3 2.98 ERA) will try for his third win in his fourth start against Los Angeles.

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