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David Murphy, Mike Trout get better of ace Hernandez as Angels beat Seattle, 4-3

David Murphy, Mike Trout get better of ace Hernandez as Angels beat Seattle, 4-3

Maybe the Angels were due for a good game against Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners ace who went 6-0 with an 0.74 earned-run average, giving up five runs in 61 innings since the beginning of 2014.

How else do you explain the Angels scoring almost as many runs — four — with two swings of the bat Tuesday night as they did in their last nine games against one of baseball's most dominant pitchers?

David Murphy, moved from the cleanup to leadoff spot in hopes of providing "a little spark," in the words of Manager Mike Scioscia, did just that, lining a three-run home run off the top of the right-field wall in the third inning.

And Mike Trout...

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