Mike Trout hit two home runs Sunday, a solo shot in the first and a grand slam in the sixth, to help the Los Angeles Angels avoid a three-game weekend sweep against Nick Martinez and the Texas Rangers with a 13-7 victory.
Martinez allowed the first Trout homer but was gone by the time Trout took Spencer Patton deep in a five-run sixth. Trout became the first in the majors this season with 30 homers, and he also had a season-high four hits.
Martinez (5-6) allowed four runs in five-plus innings.
Pitching: Martinez wasn’t very efficient in his five-plus innings, throwing 98 pitches before getting the hook. He allowed at least one base runner in each of the six innings he pitched in, and he issued three walks. … Martinez allowed a solo homer to Mike Trout with two outs in the first inning and another solo shot to C.J. Cron to start the fourth, before three straight one-out singles and a sacrifice fly by Erick Aybar gave the Angels a 3-2 lead. … Anthony Bass, pitching in a second straight game, failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Included in his O-fer was his own throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, though second baseman Rougned Odor had a chance at it. … Sam Freeman retired the only batter he faced, but Spencer Patton couldn’t get Trout, who fouled off two 3-2 pitches before launching a grand slam to right-center. … Keone Kela couldn’t keep the deficit at 8-4 as three runs scored on one play after a walk and a single. Daniel Robertson doubled to left scoring two runs, and Robertson scored on an Odor throwing error. … Wandy Rodriguez pitched for the first time since July 10, allowing two runs in the eighth, and should be fresh enough to start either Wednesday or Thursday.
Hitting: Each of the Rangers’ first four runs came with two outs. … Odor brought in the first with a chopper to right that scored Ryan Rua, who had doubled with one out, and Tomas Telis got the RBI on the second run when an Andrew Haney pitch hit him in the right foot with the bases loaded. Prince Fielder, who had been hit to start the inning, scored for a short-lived 2-1 Rangers lead. … In the seventh, a strikeout/passed ball to Odor kept the inning alive and was followed by an Adrian Beltre single and a Prince Fielder walk. Mitch Moreland then delivered a two-run single. ... Odor collected a two-run homer in the ninth, giving him homers in three of the past four games, and Elvis Andrus drove in a run on a groundout.
Notable: The Angels took sole possession of first place in the American League West as Houston lost at Kansas City. The Angels lead the Astros by a game and have a 7 1/2-game edge on the Rangers, who won the three-game series against them.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760