Mike Trout, Luis Valbuena each hit 2 HRs to lead Angels over Orioles

BALTIMORE — Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena are making up for lost time.

Trout and Valbuena, who each missed more than a month of the season with injuries, hit two homers apiece in the Angels’ bounceback 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Unfortunately for the Angels, even amid a victory there was some potentially troubling news. JC Ramirez left the game in the sixth inning with right forearm irritation. There was no immediate word on the severity.

At least they could wonder after a victory, which came a night after they blew an early five-run lead and lost on a walk-off grand slam. They began burying those memories in the first inning on Saturday, with a homer barrage that started with Trout’s 25th of the season.

Trout became just the third player ever to have six 25-homer seasons before his age-26 season, joining Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews.

Two innings later, Trout added No. 26, his third in a span of five plate appearances, back to Friday night.

Trout’s homers in the first and third innings were wrapped around Valbuena’s in the second and fourth.

Valbuena, who missed the season’s first five weeks with a strained right hamstring, slumped for most of the season after he came back, his average sitting under .200.

Since the All-Star break, though, he’s been on a power surge. He has hit nine homers since the break, including four this week. Valbuena’s two-run homer in the fourth, his 15th of the season, put the Angels up 5-1.

While they were hitting homers, Ramirez worked his way around a rough first inning to get into the sixth.

After he covered first to get the second out of the inning, he indicated something didn’t feel right. Trainer Adam Nevala came to the mound, and left with Ramirez.

Ramirez retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, after allowing a run in the first on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch.

Unlike Friday night, the Angels’ bullpen locked this one down. Eduardo Paredes got four outs, followed by a scoreless eighth from deposed closer Bud Norris and a scoreless ninth from Blake Parker.

More to come on this story.


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