Angels Hold Home Run Derby in 14-2 Win Over Mets

By Jose Serrano

April 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) is congratulated by third base coach Gary DiSarcina (9) after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Mets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It was not the Bartolo Colon the Angels are used to seeing. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back-to-back first inning home runs off the former Halo en route to a 14-2 beat down of the Mets Sunday. It was the first time the Angels homered three consecutive times since July 2009.

The Angels first seven hits went for extra bases, including Erick Aybar’s two-run triple in the fourth. Colon, who came into the game with a career 3.16 ERA against his former team, got tagged for nine earned runs in only five innings. In total Colon allowed four home runs, the final shot being Hank Conger’s sixth inning solo bomb that narrowly cleared the out-of-town scoreboard.

Trout went 3-for-4 on the day with the homer, two singles and two runs scored. He raised his batting average to .320 this season. Pujols inched closer to 500 home runs with his third round tripper of the year, now only four away from the milestone. It was “the Machine’s” only hit on the day.

Utility man Ian Stewart’s two-run homer in the eight put a cap on the scoring. Mets pitchers have given up 21 home runs in 12 games this season.

Coming off a stellar start in Houston last week, C.J. Wilson had little trouble controlling the Mets. He scattered six hits and allowed two runs, lowering his ERA to 3.92. Aside from a David Wright and Eric Young RBI groundouts, Wilson consistently limited threats in earning his second win.

Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy were ejected in the top of the seventh after both took exception to umpire Toby Basner’s calls. The Angels, meanwhile, scored their highest run total of the season.