Trout bash no match for Machado slam

The Associated Press

The Angels’ Mike Trout points to the crowd after hitting a home run in the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Orioles.

The Associated PressANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout delivered his 1,000th career hit with a cracking double down the line. Two innings later, he homered on his birthday for the fourth time in his six big league seasons.

Moments after that, Manny Machado made sure Trout’s birthday gifts didn’t include a victory.

Trout reached another milestone and hit another homer on his 26th birthday, but Machado hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning of the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

“A lot of good things happened tonight,” manager Buck Showalter said after Baltimore got back to .500 for the first time since June 29. “Everybody got to see a 1,000th hit, and we won the game, so it’s another milestone.”

After surviving a pregame shower of eggs, cream, shampoo and various unmentionables from his teammates, Trout doubled in the fourth inning to become the 11th player with 1,000 hits in an Angels uniform. The two-time AL MVP then tied it in the sixth, sending his 23rd homer of the season high off the left-field pole.

“It means a lot,” Trout said. “A lot of milestones with hits. You see [Adrian] Beltre, he just hit his 3,000th. Pretty incredible. I felt pretty good. I just wanted to get it over with. A lot of people talking about it.”

But Machado connected moments later against J.C. Ramirez (10-10) for his fifth career grand slam. Dylan Bundy (11-8) recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts while pitching seven innings of five-hit ball for the Orioles.

“Just a real mature effort,” Showalter said. “He managed the game real well. It was fun to watch.”

Baltimore (56-56) won the opener of a three-game series between two teams on the fringe of the AL wild-card race. The Orioles have won eight of 10, while Los Angeles has followed up a 6-1 stretch with three straight losses.

Trout got a standing ovation after reaching the latest milestone of his precocious career with his 1,000th hit.

The Big A crowd also sang “Happy Birthday” to Trout a few minutes earlier.

Trout joined Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle as the only players to compile 1,000 hits, 500 runs and 500 walks by their age-25 season. Trout already was the only player to get 150 homers, 400 extra-base hits and 150 stolen bases before his 26th birthday.

“When you hear your name with the greats — the Hall of Famers — when you do something, it makes you feel good,” he said. “It makes you feel special just to be a part of such a good company, but for me, it’s just going out there and playing. I’m not trying to chase any numbers.”

Phillies honor Daulton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darren Daulton was the teammate everyone respected and the player all Philadelphia Phillies fans adored.

A day after Daulton died following a four-year battle with brain cancer, the city and franchise mourned the loss of perhaps the greatest leader to wear those red pinstripes.

“Darren Daulton the ballplayer was and always will be synonymous with great leadership and winning. Darren Daulton the person was and always will be synonymous with caring and compassion,” former teammate and longtime radio analyst Larry Anderson said Monday.

Daulton, nicknamed “Dutch” since his childhood, was a three-time All-Star catcher during 14½ seasons with the Phillies. He was 55.Speech

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