ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Trout homered on his birthday for the third time in his career, and Chris Iannetta delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

After Trout was serenaded with a birthday song from the Angel Stadium outfield crowd in the first inning, the reigning AL MVP celebrated his 24th birthday by drilling his major league-leading 33rd homer over the fence in left-center in the bottom half.

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Trout also homered on his birthday in 2012 and 2013.

Pinch-hitter C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Angels, who trimmed Houston’s lead in the AL West to 1 1-2 games with their third win in four games following a six-game skid.

Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles, who blew a 4-3 lead in the sixth for their third loss in five games.

Trout’s 131st career homer was his first of August and his first in six games, ending a 1-for-20 slump for the four-time All-Star. Only Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Ken Griffey Jr. hit more homers before their 24th birthday in major league history.

Trout went 2 for 3 with two walks, scoring two runs.

David Murphy, Johnny Giavotella and David DeJesus all drove in runs for the Angels.

Iannetta boosted his average to .193 by coming through with a two-out, two-strike double off the wall in the sixth. He connected on the 98th pitch by Kevin Gausman (2-3), who gave up nine hits and six runs.

Rookie Andrew Heaney had his worst start for Los Angeles, yielding season-highs of 10 hits and four runs while getting chased in the sixth. The left-hander had won five of his first seven starts since joining the Angels’ rotation in late June, never allowing more than two runs.

Schoop hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but Los Angeles evened it later in the inning with Murphy’s first RBI for the Angels and Giavotella’s tying double.

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Wieters connected in the sixth for his fifth homer, but Fernando Salas (2-1) stranded two Baltimore runners in scoring position by striking out Nolan Reimold.

DeJesus added an RBI single after Iannetta’s clutch drive, improving to 2 for 22 with his new team.

Cron’s homer went an estimated 456 feet on reliever Brad Brach’s first pitch. It was the Angels’ first pinch-hit homer of the season.


Orioles: LHP Chris Tillman will return from resting his sore left ankle either Sunday or Monday.

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver is expected to return Sunday. He has been out since June 21 with inflammation in his left hip.


Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.04 ERA) looks to rebound from a loss to Detroit.

Angels: Garrett Richards (11-8, 3.46 ERA) goes after his first career victory over Baltimore in his eighth appearance.

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