KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Garrett Richards wobbled in the fifth when he walked Jose Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs, trimming the Angels' lead to 5-1. Richards caught a huge break when a hanging 0-and-2 curve was lined a few feet foul by cleanup batter Mark Krauss. Richards then struck out Krauss looking at a curve to end a grueling 10-pitch at-bat. AT THE PLATE: The Angels had 17 hits in their first three games against Seattle. They had 15 Friday night, including Mike Trout's solo homer, Josh Hamilton's three-run homer and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer. Chris Iannetta doubled twice, and Howie Kendrick, hitless in his first 10 at-bats, had an RBI double and a single. ON THE MOUND: Richards struggled with his command but had a superb curve for most of a five-inning outing in which he allowed one run and three hits, struck out seven and walked five. Reliever Fernando Salas, hit hard in his first two appearances, got himself into — and out of — a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, striking out Marwin Gonzalez and getting Alex Presley to ground out. IN THE FIELD: Center fielder Mike Trout, who did not have an outfield assist in 2013, preserved a 2-0 lead in the second when he charged Jesus Guzman's single and air-mailed a throw to the plate to nail Krauss. "It's just another way he contributes," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
Garrett Richards holds back Astros' bats in 11-1 win
Los Angeles Times | Apr 5