AT THE PLATE: The bruised left hand that caused Albert Pujols to miss Thursday night's game in Toronto is better. The first baseman lined a solo homer to left-center field, his eighth of the season and 528th of his career, in the fourth inning, and blooped a double to right and scored in the eighth. Mike Trout had three hits, and
ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Jose Alvarez replaced Garrett Richards with the bases loaded and no outs in seventh. The Angels held an 11-5 lead, but the dangerous
ON THE BASES: Trout looked like a contortionist on his steal of third in the fifth. Catcher Blake Swihart's throw beat Trout to the bag, but Trout avoided third baseman Brock Holt's tag by sliding toward the outfield side of the bag, reaching back with his right arm and right foot to touch the base. Trout was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned after a replay review. "It was almost like the Matrix the way he got around that tag," Scioscia said.
IN THE FIELD: Kole Calhoun committed the team's first outfield error of the season when he overthrew third on Xander Bogaerts' single to right in the fourth. But two batters later, Trout fielded Holt's bases-loaded, two-run double off the left-center-field wall and fired an accurate one-hop throw home to nail
ON THE FARM: Class-A Inland Empire left-hander Sean Newcomb took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday before giving up a two-out single and departing. Since his promotion from Class-A Burlington, Newcomb, a first-round pick in 2014, has given up one earned run and five hits, striking out 11 and walking four, in 10 2/3 innings of two starts for an 0.84 earned-run average.