ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Now that their final interleague series of the season is over, the Miami Marlins play out the rest of their schedule with a deeper appreciation of what Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are all about.
Trout tied a career high with his 30th home run, Gordon Beckham homered for the first time with his new club, and the Angels improved baseball's best record to 79-53 with a 6-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night.
"We definitely were tested here against a playoff team," said manager Mike Redmond, whose team is four games out of the second NL wild card with 30 games remaining. "We came in that first night and swung the bats really well and pitched really well. But we just weren't able to do that the last two nights. We've got to understand with a month to go, we've got to step it up and we've got to be able to win ballgames against playoff-caliber teams."