Overall just a well-played game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. We got the hits, the runs to give us a cushion there and what a job Rodriguez did. He followed up a great start. He’s been throwing the ball terrific.
The Giants have won nine of 11 to pull into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for second in the NL West, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks. San Francisco can complete a three-game road sweep on Sunday.
Since returning from an 8-2 trip, the Diamondbacks have dropped two to the Giants by a combined score of 9-1.
James is currently on vacation with his family in Anguilla, and it is unclear whether he will return in time to take personal meetings with potential suitors this weekend or if he will allow his representatives, led by agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports, to run those meetings in his absence.
Even if James is involved in the meetings, he has no interest in hearing elaborate pitches from teams, ESPN reported this week. That represents a muted approach from the public courtship he took part in with a handful of teams in 2010.
Back in the outfield after an ineffective nine-game stretch as a designated hitter, Trout hit his 24th home run in the first inning off David Hess (2-5) to spark the Angels to their first win in a week. Trout reached base three times and ran down a liner in the gap to rob Danny Valencia of a potential fourth-inning double.
I like being out there, Trout said. It keeps me in the game.
Forced to play DH because of a sprained right index finger, Trout went 6 for 28 (.214) with 11 strikeouts and no homers.
He certainly is not acclimated to the DH role, and you wouldn’t expect an everyday player to be, manager Mike Scioscia said. It grounds on you.
Martin Maldonado also homered for Los Angeles, Andrelton Simmons had four hits and Felix Pena (1-0) allowed five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings.
Like the Mariners before them, the Angels found facing the Orioles to be the cure for an extended slump. Earlier this week, Seattle notched a four-game sweep at Camden Yards after coming to town with six losses in seven games.