KEY MOMENT: The game was still within reach of the Angels until Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, a former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High star, sent a laser over the left-center-field wall for a three-run homer in the fourth, turning a 4-0 game into a 7-0 rout. It was the 150th career homer for Stanton, who is 24 years, 290 days old. Only two active players were younger to 150 homers, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez. It was also the 11th homer in 92 at-bats in three Southern California parks for Stanton, who leads the National League in homers (33), runs batted in (97), walks (86), on-base (.407) and slugging (.566) percentage.
AT THE PLATE: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich, 22, a former Westlake High standout who attended one of Angels Manager Mike Scioscia's baseball camps in Thousand Oaks when he was 9 years old, hit RBI singles in the third and fourth innings and doubled in the sixth. “He was one of those kids you see on a baseball field and say, ‘Wow,'” Scioscia said. Bottom-of-the-order hitters Donovan Solano and Reed Johnson combined for four hits and four runs. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar had three singles, giving him five straight multihit games and 18 hits in his last 39 at-bats (.462). Josh Hamilton, six for 16 with two homers and eight RBIs in his previous five games, was hitless with a walk in three at-bats.
ON THE MOUND: The Angels beat Jarred Cosart twice this season when the right-hander pitched for Houston, scoring eight runs in 122/3 innings off him. But they managed only one run and seven hits, including Kole Calhoun's RBI double in the eighth, in 72/3 innings off him Monday night. Cosart struck out four, walked one, and of his 107 pitches, 80 were strikes. Angels reliever Mike Morin gave up one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings, and Fernando Salas retired the side in order in the ninth.
EXTRA BASES: Left-hander Joe Thatcher (left-ankle sprain) has begun running and hopes to resume throwing off a mound this weekend, but the reliever, sidelined since Aug. 3, is still at least a week away from returning.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker(12-4, 3.56 ERA) will oppose Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (6-8, 4.06) at Angel Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830, 710, 1330.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times