The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Brian Goodwin left his mark on a game, just as Mike Trout has done so often for the Los Angeles Angels.
Goodwin’s two-run homer in the eighth inning tied the game, and Justin Upton hit a solo shot in the ninth that proved to be the winner as the Angels rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Chicago led 4-2 with one out in the top of the eighth before reliever Aaron Bummer walked pinch-hitter Taylor Ward. Goodwin followed with a two-run homer that ruined a quality start by White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.
Goodwin had replaced Trout in the fifth inning. Trout left the game with right toe discomfort.
“It’s not easy. You know what you miss whenever Mike is not in the lineup,” Goodwin said. “It brings everything to the table. It’s not really for me to fill his shoes, but it’s just go out and do what I’m supposed to do, play my game, produce.
“I’ve been in pretty much a similar situation all year, so I can’t say I haven’t had a lot opportunities to prepare for it. Whenever the chance presents itself, then just got to take advantage.”
Goodwin has been reliable for the Angels all season.
“He’s come up huge for us a number of times,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s done an outstanding job for us. This is a guy we picked up two days before the season started and he’s become an intricate part of our team both offensively and defensively.”
Despite the injury, Trout was able to appreciate the late-inning heroics.
“Brad [Ausmus] picked the right guy,” Trout said.
On the first pitch in the ninth inning, Upton hit his 12th homer of the season, off closer Alex Colome (4-3), to give the Angels the lead.
Angels reliever Hansel Robles pitched a perfect final two innings for the win and improved to 5-0.