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Angels' Mike Trout homers twice in victory over rival Rangers

By
Jake Elman
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has 24 home runs this season. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has 24 home runs this season. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

July 4 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout registered his 17th career-multi home run in a victory over the rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Trout's two home run performance in the Angels' 6-2 victory Wednesday night came two days after the sudden death of teammate Tyler Skaggs on Monday. Trout was the first player to address reporters about Skaggs' passing Tuesday.

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"Yesterday was one of the toughest games I've played in a while, ever ... It's good to get back in the routine of things, and just go out there and get your mind off it," Trout said.

Trout hit a 420-foot, three-run home run in the third inning. He added a leadoff home run in the sixth inning.

The All-Star outfielder is now tied for the American League lead with 24 home runs.

"You know the talent's there, but how he takes each at-bat -- he's locked in every at-bat, he doesn't give a pitch away and when pitchers make mistakes, he very rarely misses them," teammate Justin Upton said. "It's always fun to sit back and watch that."

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Trout is hitting .296 with 24 home runs and 61 RBIs this year. He was the leading vote-getter for next week's All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Los Angeles moved to 44-43 with Wednesday's victory. The Angels are four games behind the Cleveland Indians for the American League's second Wild Card spot.

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