Trout's homers make history, top Astros

Trout's homers make history, top Astros

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.

The legend keeps growing.

"The guy is unbelievable," said Angels starter Jered Weaver, who got the no-decision after pitching six innings of two-run ball. "Nothing he does surprises me anymore."

Each of Trout's homers broke ties and capped impressive at-bats. The first, a two-run shot to left off Roberto Hernandez in the sixth, came on a full-count sinker. The second, a three-run homer to right-center field off Chad Qualls in the eighth, came after fouling off a tough 0-2 pitch.

"I know how to attack him. I just didn't execute the pitch," Qualls said. "I had him set up for what I wanted him to do. He didn't foul it off or miss it. He ended up hurting us with it. That's what good hitters do. When we make mistakes, they jump on it."

Weaver hung in, a trio of relievers kept the Astros from taking the lead in the seventh and Huston Street, who has retired all 12 batters he's faced this season, recorded the save in the ninth, putting the Angels at 3-1 to start this six-game road trip.

Street nails down fourth save

"We put it all together," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was a good win."

The Mike Trout Show: In the sixth, Trout -- 23 years and 253 days old -- became the youngest player ever with 100 homers and 100 stolen bases, passing Alex Rodriguez, who got there at 23 years and 309 days in 1999. But he wasn't done. He homered again in the eighth, a three-run shot that broke a 3-3 tie and put his batting average at .444 to start the season. More >

Trout's second homer of the game

Started off strong: For three innings, Hernandez was perfect, retiring his first nine batters, including four on strikeouts. The Angels didn't get their first baserunner until Kole Calhoun led off the fourth inning with a deep triple to center field on Hernandez's 45th pitch. Through five innings, Hernandez allowed only one hit and one run. In six innings, he allowed three runs and three hits, including Trout's two-run homer. More >

Ramos induces inning-ending DP

Bend, but don't break: On a humid night in a roof-enclosed Minute Maid Park, Weaver was spent after throwing 86 pitches through six innings, to Scioscia matched up in the seventh. It didn't go so well initially, with the Astros loading the bases with nobody out and George Springer up to bat. Vinnie Pestano limited Springer to a game-tying sacrifice fly, though, and Cesar Ramos got Jed Lowrie to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

Springer's game-tying sac fly

"It was a step in the right direction. I felt a little better, consistently throwing the ball the way I wanted to." -- Weaver, who gave up two runs on six hits in six innings and lowered his ERA from 8.71 to 6.61

"Those are two good swings for them, at the time they needed them the most. That's certainly the story of the game." -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch, on the two home runs Mike Trout hit.

• Trout is the first Angels player in the last 17 years to start the season with a 10-game hitting streak. The last was Darin Erstad, who began the 1998 season with a 15-game hitting streak and is also the only other Angels player with 100 homers and 100 steals. Trout is batting .444 in the season's first 10 games.

With the Angels up three in the eighth inning, Scioscia replaced third baseman David Freese with utility infielder Taylor Featherston, a Rule 5 Draft pick who hasn't played above Double-A. It was the first time Featherston has been used as a defensive replacement all year.

"He has the arm strength, the athleticism, his hands are good," Scioscia said of Featherston. "We hope it translates into a little more range down there with guys like [Joe] Smith, Street, who are going to keep the ball on the ground."

Angels:C.J. Wilson takes the ball for the second of a three-game series in search of another step in the right direction. After throwing eight shutout innings in his season debut, the 34-year-old left-hander continually left pitches up and got hit around by the Royals on Sunday, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Astros: Starter Dallas Keuchel not only is sporting a low 1.29 ERA, he's also a Gold Glove fielder. The 27-year-old left-hander sports a career 5.15 ERA against the Angels, giving up 25 runs on 55 hits in 43 2/3 innings against them.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.