ANAHEIM, Calif. — Not many teams can say they have a no-hitter, hit a franchise-record losing streak, fired a manager, and then had a player for the cycle in nearly five weeks.
Well, the Los Angeles Angels can do that.
Jared Walsh continued one of the wildest spans in franchise history by scoring for the cycle as the Halos rolled to an 11-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday night. It was the ninth cycle in franchise history and the first since Shohei Ohtani in 2019.
Walsh went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. He ended the cycle with a two-run triple in the eighth inning after Mets midfielder Khalil Lee failed to make a dive catch.
“I thought about it a bit, but I just wanted to put the run on the ball,” Walsh said as he got to the plate in the eighth. “I had pretty good contact, so I felt like if I can get something outside the box, maybe I’ll have a chance to race it.”
Angels manager Phil Nevin said as soon as he saw Lee trying to dive for the ball, he knew Walsh would end the cycle.
“I yelled ‘cycle’ as he went under,” Nevin said. “Cycles are rarer than a no-hitter. I’ve only seen one other.”
It was the seventh cycle in Angel Stadium history and the fifth by an Angels player. Mike Trout was the last player to have a cycle at The Big A in 2013.
Trout was the game’s biggest story up until Walsh’s cycle. Trout returned to the lineup and had his 23rd career multi-home run game.
“It’s nice to see when he starts swinging it like that. We saw it last year. Once he gets it rolling it’s fun to watch,” said Trout, who scored three times and drove in three heats.
Trout, who missed three games due to right groin strains, helped fuel a five-homer attack for the Angels. It’s the second time they’ve gone deep five times this season.
Walsh, who also made two dive stops in the early innings to prevent Mets hits, had a single in the third inning, a double in the fifth, and a solo shot in the seventh.
It’s the third cycle in the majors this season. The last was from the Mets’ Eduardo Escobar on Monday in San Diego.
The Angels seemed to have plenty of momentum after Reid Detmers’ no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10, but on Saturday it was just their eighth win in their last 29 games.
It was their second win in three games after a franchise-record 14-game losing streak. Nevin is 2-3 as manager after Joe Maddon was fired on Tuesday.
Ohtani and Andrew Velazquez also scored. It is the third time this year and the 17th time since 2018 that Trout and Ohtani have homed in the same game.
That was enough for Michael Lorenzen (6-3), who allowed one run with six hits and added four in 6⅓ innings.
Mets starter Carlos Carrasco (7-2) lost for the first time since April 27. The right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits in 4⅔ innings with seven strikeouts.
Pete Alonso had a solo shot in the eighth and Lee had a three-run drive for his first homer in the majors in the ninth for the Mets, who went 4-5 on their road trip through California.
Trout extended the Angels’ lead to 3-0 with a solo shot in the third inning. He then hit in sixth field for a two-run shot into the midfield cairn.
He’s 6-for-8 with three homers after a career-worst 0-for-26 drought.
Ohtani also went 3-for-4, driving in three runs to extend his hitting streak to eight games. That included a two-run blast to right center in the fifth inning that made it 5-0.
“I just left those pitches in the middle,” Carrasco said of the homers to Trout and Ohtani. “You have to attack. I tried pretty hard and got beaten.”
Velazquez’s solo shot in the sixth goal marked the second time he had scored in the last three games.
The Mets came in and led the majors with a .295 average with runners in goal position, but they were 3-for-14 and pinned eight runners.
On Walsh’s third inning single, Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil quickly put the ball up and threw home to put Ohtani on the plate to end the inning. Catcher Tomas Nido made the day in time.
WIN IN STYLE
It was the Angels’ first game in their Nike MLB City Connect jersey. The alternate uniform blends the franchise’s red motif with nods to retro Southern California beach and surf style.
Mets: CF Starling Marte (square tightness) did some drills before batting practice but missed his third straight game. … RHP Colin Holderman was placed on the injured list retroactive to Wednesday with a right shoulder impingement. RHP Jake Reed was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
Angels: INF Luis Rengifo has been removed from the paternity list. He fought back with two penalties in his first game.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.28 ERA) is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts against the Angels at The Big A.
Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-1, 2.81 ERA) has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of his nine starts.