Mike Trout homers, Shohei Ohtani pitches Angels past M’s 4-1

Trout hit his 18th home run of the season while Ohtani had six scoreless innings in the Angels’ win.

SEATTLE — Mike Trout doesn’t have — or perhaps doesn’t want to share — the reason he’s been so successful throughout his Seattle career.

“I don’t know. We play a lot here. I can see the ball well,” said Trout. “I couldn’t tell you one thing. They have a good crowd.”

At this point, Seattle might want to consider changing the setting whenever Trout comes to town.

Trout continued to torment Seattle with his 48th and 49th home runs against his division opponent, Shohei Ohtani threw six innings with three hits and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Mariners 4-1 on Thursday night.

Trout has enjoyed pitching in Seattle his entire career, and this season seems to be no different. In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Trout hit two home runs from two runs to put the Angels in charge of all offense.

The Angels won away for the first time since May 15, ending an 11-game losing streak.

Trout’s first homer came in the third inning from Seattle starter George Kirby. His second came in the seventh against reliever Sergio Romo. Both times Seattle had two outs in the innings, but each time Taylor Ward scored to put Trout on the plate.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said Kirby missed his location on his fastball against Trout.

“It happens every now and then. Sometimes they pop it open. Unfortunately, Trout doesn’t seem to show up at this ballpark very often,” Servais said.

Trout has 18 homers this season and 30 in his Seattle career, the most of any guest at T-Mobile Park. The 49 career homers against the Mariners is the second-highest of all time, behind Rafael Palmeiro, who had 52 against Seattle.

“I didn’t know that number. I knew he swung the bat well here,” said Phil Nevin, Angels interim manager. “He’s pretty good.”

It was also his 24th career multi-homer game, seven against Seattle.

One night after breaking Tyler Anderson’s no-hit bid with a triple in the ninth inning, Ohtani was the one to shut down batters. Ohtani allowed Eugenio Suárez two singles and Adam Frazier a base hit, but otherwise thwarted Seattle’s slumping offense.

Ohtani (5-4) struck out six to win his second straight decision. Under normal circumstances, Ohtani would probably have gone another inning, but the Angels didn’t reach their Seattle hotel until around 4 a.m. Thursday.

“I knew my pitch count was up there. If I had had seven to 15 fewer pitches, I definitely would have wanted out,” Ohtani said through an interpreter.

Raisel Igelsias was the last of three assists, throwing the ninth for his 13th save.

Seattle snagged a 17-inning streak at JP Crawford’s RBI double in the eighth but still hit three runs or fewer for the sixth time in nine games.

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Emma Bowman

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