ARLINGTON -- Mike Trout scored his 100th run in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-1 win, scoring on a rare Albert Pujols triple to become the sixth player in baseball history -- joining Mel Ott, Buddy Lewis, Ted Williams, Vada Pinson and Alex Rodriguez -- to notch triple-digit runs three times before his age-23 season.
Now, for the first time in his young-yet-prestigious career, Trout has scored and driven in triple-digit runs in the same season.
"That's one of my goals -- to get 100 runs," Trout said. "To drive in 100 is definitely a big goal, too. Those are definitely things you shoot for before the season. I think if I get on base, I'm going to get driven in with Albert and those guys behind me. They swing the bat well. I'm just trying to do my job, get on base."
With 17 games remaining, Trout is batting .286/.373/.551 with career highs in homers (32) and RBIs (103).
Triple-digit runs and RBIs was exactly what manager Mike Scioscia had in mind when he moved Trout from leadoff to the No. 2 spot in April 2013.
"I think he's in a real comfortable spot; a good spot," Scioscia said. "He's getting the table set for him, and the guys behind him are starting to swing the bats, and he's scoring the runs you would project. Mike, when he gets going, can easily be a 115, 120 guy in both categories."
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