SEATTLE — Just like they drew it up.
The Angels’ superstar duo of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani carried the team to a badly needed 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Trout drove in all of the Angels’ runs with a pair of two-run homers and Ohtani pitched six scoreless innings, helping the Angels to just their third victory in their last 21 games. It was their first victory on the road since May 15, the day they went a season-high 11 games over .500. They’re now 30-35.
After homering in the third and seventh innings, Trout has blasted 49 career homers against the Mariners, his most against any opponent. He’s hit 30 of them in just 85 career games in Seattle.
It was Trout’s second multi-homer game in the five games he’s played since returning from a three-game absence because of groin tightness.
Ohtani has rebounded well from back-to-back rough starts against the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. Since allowing nine runs in those two games, Ohtani has allowed just one run in 13 innings in his last two starts, against the Boston Red Sox and Mariners.
Ohtani has worked his ERA for the season down to 3.28, which is right in line with his 3.18 mark during his MVP season in 2021.
On Thursday night he battled through a long first inning, in part because he didn’t get a few borderline calls. After finishing the inning with his 23rd pitch, Ohtani stopped and had what appeared to be an amicable chat – no interpreter – with plate ump David Arrieta.
After that, Ohtani had little trouble.
He gave up just two singles and a walk over the next five innings, keeping the Mariners from even getting a runner into scoring position.
Ohtani also benefitted from some nice defense behind him.
Left fielder Brandon Marsh made a diving catch to end the fifth, and then third baseman Matt Duffy charged a slow hopper and fired quickly to first to get the first out of the sixth inning.
Ohtani finished the sixth with a strikeout of Cal Raleigh on a 99.2 mph fastball, punctuating the whiff with a yell.
That was Ohtani’s 93rd and final pitch, which left nine outs for the bullpen. Left-hander Aaron Loup pitched an inning, his first perfect outing since May 13. Right-hander Ryan Tepera gave up a run in the eighth, but he escaped with the three-run lead intact.
Closer Raisel Iglesias then worked the ninth to pick up the save, just his second of the month.
More to come on this story.