Mike Trout hits walk-off homer in Angels’ 6-5 win over Rays

Mike Trout
Mike Trout hit his first walk off home run of his career Thursday with a three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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KEY MOMENT: Mike Trout blasted a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Tampa Bay reliever Brad Boxberger. With Efren Navarro and Collin Cowgill on base, Trout ripped the pitch over the left-field fence for the 6-5 win.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels were flummoxed by the off-speed pitches of Rays starter Erik Bedard until the sixth inning, when they scored two unearned runs. One of the Angels’ runs came on a pinch-hit single by Raul Ibanez against reliever Brandon Gomes.

ON THE MOUND: After a stellar prior outing, the left-handed Tyler Skaggs gave up five runs on eight hits in six-plus innings. He left the game after surrendering a solo home run to Brandon Guyer to lead off the seventh inning. Kevin Jepsen pitched the rest of the seventh without allowing a run but walking two.

ON THE FIELD: C.J. Cron hit a deep fly ball to left-center field in the fourth inning that Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings caught at the top of the fence. Otherwise, it might have been a two-run homer that would have given the Angels a 2-1 lead. Mike Trout made a diving catch while running to his right in left-center field on a fly ball hit by Logan Forsythe in the first inning.


EXTRA BASES: For the first time this season, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia twice appealed umpires’ rulings in the same game and both times the Angels got the calls reversed after replays were reviewed. Both plays involved Angels runners sliding head-first into second base as Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar applied the tags. The first involved Grant Green, who was awarded a double upon review in the fifth inning, and the second involved Trout, who had tagged up and advanced to second base in the seventh inning.

UP NEXT: Angels ace Jered Weaver (4-2, 3.22 ERA) faces the Rays’ Chris Archer (2-2, 5.16 ERA) on Friday at Angel Stadium at 7:05 p.m. TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: 830, 1330.