Mike Trout’s two home runs sink Mets while the Angels roll


Mike Trout's two home runs sink Mets while the Angels roll

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mets weren’t lucky enough to leave town before Mike Trout recovered.

Rinse it and move on. That’s the best advice the team can take from Buck Showalter after Trout tormented them with a hand from Shohei Ohtani in the Mets’ 11-6 loss to the Angels on Saturday night.

Trout smashed two home runs and Ohtani added another on a night the Angels hit five. The dynamic duo was a combined 6-for-8 on plate with six RBIs.

“I think I got a little better on my positions today,” said Carlos Carrasco after his worst start in 5 ½ weeks.

It was a third noncompetitive loss in the last four contests for the Mets, who were surpassed 20-2 in the final two games of their streak this week in San Diego. If the Mets are to salvage a .500 road trip, they need to win Sunday’s series finale at Angel Stadium.

Damage has already been done. The Mets began this West Coast journey with a 10 ½ game lead in the NL East. That lead has shrunk to 5 ½ lengths, fueled by the Braves’ 10-game winning streak. The Phillies are eight behind after winning nine straight games.

Mike Trout hits the first of his two home runs in the third inning of the Mets' 11-6 loss to the Angels.
Mike Trout hits the first of his two home runs in the third inning of the Mets’ 11-6 loss to the Angels.
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“We only care about how we play here,” said Carrasco. “We try not to think about those other games.”

Trout, who missed the Angels’ previous three games with groin pain, faced Carrasco in the third inning. In the sixth, he went deep against Jake Reed and gave Trout the 23rd multi-homer game of his career. Jared Walsh scored for the Angels for the cycle, hitting a three-pointer in the eighth to earn the win. On Monday in San Diego, Eduardo Escobar tripled in his final at-bat to complete the Mets’ first cycle in 10 years.

Carrasco allowed five earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and a walk for 4²/₃ innings. The right-hander busted after throwing 77 pitches, two of which were for home runs (to Trout and Ohtani). Carrasco’s ERA jumped from 3.52 to 3.93.

Shohei Ohtani (left) takes congratulations from Mike Trout after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Mets' loss.
Shohei Ohtani (left) takes congratulations from Mike Trout after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Mets’ loss.

Andrew Velazquez, formerly of the Yankee and Bronx, went deep against Reed in the sixth for the Angels’ third homer of the night. Trout’s two-run blast later in the inning extended the Angels’ lead to 8-0. In the seventh, Walsh scored against Chasen Shreve. The five home runs allowed by the Mets were a season high. Walsh returned with a two-run triple in the eighth cycle (both runs were billed to Shreve).

The Mets scored for only the seventh time in Mark Canha’s RBI single when they faced former Mets release Aaron Loup. The run was billed to Angels starter Michael Lorenzen, who allowed a earned six-hit run and a 6¹/₃ innings walk.

Pete Alonso scored in the eighth inning. The blast was Alonso’s 17th of the season and put him in first place in the National League alone. The Mets aimed in four runs with two outs in the ninth, with Khalil Lee’s first major league homer, a three-run blaster, providing the biggest boost.

“I think we had six or seven balls that we hit right on the button,” Showalter said. “They played a really good defense tonight. I thought with a few corners here and there we would have had a different situation.”

Carrasco got off to a shaky start and allowed two runs in the first. Brandon Marsh led the game for the Angles before Ohtani smashed an RBI double with an out and finished third with Luis Guillorme’s misplaced throw. Anthony Rendon followed with an RBI double that put the Mets in a 2-0 hole.

Trout heralded his return to the Angels’ lineup by firing a 425-foot shot that went over the left fence in the third inning to extend the Angels’ lead to 3-0. The homer was Trout’s 15th this season and the first Carrasco allowed in six starts, dated May 10.

Ohtani wreaked further havoc for the Mets in the fifth game, blasting a two-run homer on Carrasco that gave the Angels a 5-0 lead. Trout doubled in the inning before Ohtani overcame the fence at right center with a shot that left his batter at 113.5 mph. The homer was Ohtani’s 13th of the season.

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