Mike Trout connected the Angels' record for home races in the first inning and scored the winning run in the 11th when Los Angeles beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on Friday night.
Trout drove a Lance McCullers Jr. sinker in the middle to score a two-run shot in the first inning for # 299 of his 10-year career that matched Tim Salmon for the franchise brand.
The homer was a special moment for Angel's manager Joe Maddon, who trained both Trout and Salmon. Maddon was also one of Salmon's Boy Scouts.
"I think it's great. I'm glad to be connected with both of them," he said, "I know no one would be more happy for Michael than Timothy."
Trout has 14 homers this season, along with Fernando Tatis Jr. from San Diego for the lead in the Major League.
The reigning AL MVP started at the end of the 11th as an automatic runner on the second base and met Shohei Ohtani's one-off single right in front of Brooks Raley (0: 1).
Ohtani had a frustrating season beating only .190 and his return to pitching was hampered by persistent elbow problems. The Japanese two-way star hopes his first walkoff hit with the majors can help him in the final three weeks of the season.
"Of course I'm happy with the results, but I'm more happy with how I've felt on my last two record appearances," he said through an interpreter. "If I can keep doing this things will go up."
Ohtani believes this was his first walkoff hit since Game 3 of the 2016 Japan Series with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He said he adjusted his posture to better see the pitcher and the entire field.
Houston was in ninth place 5-2 before it was a draw. Martin Maldonado led with a single and finished third with George Springer's double against Ty Buttrey before scoring a pass. Springer got the Astros into a run when he scored the first hit on Josh Reddicks Grounder.
Michael Brantley drew a single to the middle before he was raised for a prize runner. Myles Straw stole second place with two outs and tied him to Kyle Tucker's double against Matt Andriese.
Astros manager Dusty Baker complained about the missed opportunities. They were 3 for 24 with runners in the scoring position, leaving 12 on the base.
“We fought back in ninth place, but you often lose the game before ninth. It was very frustrating tonight to see opportunities missed, ”he said.
Andriese (2-2) bounced back and knocked out seven times in a row to claim victory as LA improved to 2-5 in extra inning games.
"I can't praise him enough," Maddon said of Andriese. "He just made one mistake, but he didn't give in."
Dylan Bundy only allowed the Angels two runs in seven innings. His only problem was fourth when Houston pulled a pair to get within 4-2. Brantley met Tuckers Grounder for the first time and Carlos Correa's doubles drove in Yuli Gurriel.
The Angels extended their lead on Andrelton Simmons RBI single in the sixth to 5: 2.
Bundy lowered his ERA to 2.49, which is the third in the AL. The right-hander struck eight, allowing only six hits with one step.
HARD START, BETTER RELIEF
McCullers made it to the shortest start of his career with just five batters. Simmons started with an infield single, Trout homered, and McCullers loaded the bases with three straight walks.
Baker said McCullers was not injured, but he has not thrown as many innings in a season since Tommy John's right elbow surgery in 2018.
"He didn't want to get out of the game," said Baker. "Nobody likes an early exit. Nobody, but I told him I was doing this for him and for us."
Luis Garcia made his big league debut, allowing only one of the ancestral runners to score when Jared Walsh's sacrificial fly drove into Anthony Rendon.
The 23-year-old Venezuelan, who had not been above Class A before Friday, allowed a hit in 4 1/3 innings, Walsh's solo shot in the third inning to extend Los Angeles' lead to 3-0. The right-handed hit two and walked three.
Astros: 2B José Altuve failed to play after sprained his right knee when he slipped to third base in Thursday's game against Texas. Manager Dusty Baker said Altuve was in doubt about playing this weekend. … P Chris Devenski got off the list of injured after five weeks. The right-handed man has not hit since July 26 and has had pain in his right elbow.
Engel: C José Briceño was hit by Springer's swing on a foul ball in his left hand, but remained in play. Briceño was called for interference by the catcher.
The teams will play a seven-innings double header on Saturday to make up the August 26 game in Houston, which was postponed due to Tropical Storm Laura. The Astros will be the "home team" at Angel Stadium in the second game.
Rookie right-handed Brian Bielak (3-2, 5.40 ERA) will start the first game and Jose Urquidy will have his first nightcap appearance since Game 4 of last year's World Series. The right-handed man missed more than a month after being diagnosed with COVID-19 after arriving in Houston at the start of summer camp. The angels counter in the first game with the right-handed Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.04 ERA) and use an opener in game 2.