Three months ago, Hector Santiago was pitching for Triple-A Salt Lake trying to move beyond his 0-7 record in Anaheim. Heading into his first-ever outing against Miami, the left-hander was looking for a fourth consecutive victory and 12th straight appearance without a loss.
Santiago (4-7) scattered three hits and two walks through 5 2/3 innings as the Angels capped a series victory over the Marlins, 6-1. Halo hitters gave Santiago more than four runs to work with for the first time since July 10.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s solo shot in the third was the only viable threat Miami placed on Santiago, who struck out the next five batters. He only allowed three base runners from that point forward.
In the third, Mike Trout’s liner down to right scored Gordon Beckham and put Kole Calhoun in scoring position. Mike Trout notched his second straight multi-hit game and 30th home run of the season, becoming the fifth American League player in Major League history with two 30-home run campaigns through his age 22-season.
After drawing blanks in his first seven at-bats since being traded from Chicago, Beckham broke out for two hits, two RBIs and his first homer since June 24. He took Henderson Alvarez’s misplaced slider into the visitor’s bullpen in left field.
Alvarez (10-6) pitched a complete game shutout in his only previous Angel Stadium appearance. Los Angeles hitters reached base in all but one of the right-hander’s 6 1/3 innings Wednesday night. By the time Trout launched a 2-2 fastball into the shrubs in dead center, Alvarez had already allowed four runs on seven hits.
Kevin Jepsen entered a two-on, two-out situation in the sixth and immediately got Marcell Ozuna to ground out. Angels’ relievers combined for three shutout innings in sealing the team’s 11th win in their last 14 games.
Departing commissioner Bud Selig stopped by Angels broadcast booth as part of his farewell tour. Selig said he has few regrets in 22-plus years at the helm and is looking forward to retirement.