ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mets didn’t have a chance to leave town before Mike Trout recovered.
Rinse it off and move on. That’s the best advice Buck Showalter’s team can take after Trout tormented him Saturday night, with a handball from Shohei Ohtani, in the Mets’ 11-6 loss to the Angels.
Trout homered twice and Ohtani added another on a night the Angels hit five. The dynamic duo was a combined 6 for 8 at the plate with six RBIs.
“I think I increased my throws a bit today,” Carlos Carrasco said after his worst start in 5 1/2 weeks.
It was the third non-competitive loss in the last four games for the Mets, who were outscored 20-2 by losing the last two games of their series at San Diego this week. If the Mets want to salvage a .500 road trip, they’ll have to win Sunday’s series finale at Angel Stadium.
Already, damage has been inflicted. The Mets began this west coast trip with a 10½ game lead in eastern Newfoundland. That lead shrunk to 5½ lengths, propelled by the Braves’ 10-game winning streak. The Phillies are eight back after winning nine straight.
“We just take care of how we play here,” Carrasco said. “We’re not trying to think about those other games.”
Trout, who has missed the Angels’ previous three games with groin pain, homered Carrasco in the third inning. In the sixth, he went deep against Jake Reed, giving Trout the 23rd multi-home run game of his career. Jared Walsh hit for the Angels cycle, hitting a triple in the eighth to achieve the feat. On Monday in San Diego, Eduardo Escobar tripled in his last at bat to complete the Mets’ first cycle in 10 years.
Carrasco allowed five earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in 4²/₃ innings. The right-hander left after throwing 77 pitches, including two for homers (to Trout and Ohtani). In the aftermath, Carrasco’s ERA went from 3.52 to 3.93.
Former Yankees and Bronx native Andrew Velazquez beat Reed in the sixth for the Angels’ third homer of the night. Trout’s two-run outburst later in the set extended the Angels’ lead to 8-0. In the seventh, Walsh homered against Chasen Shreve. The five homers allowed by the Mets was a season high. Walsh came back with a two-run triple in the eighth for the cycle (both runs were charged to Shreve).
The Mets only scored in the seventh on Mark Canha’s RBI single, against former Mets reliever Aaron Loup. The run went to Angels starter Michael Lorenzen, who allowed an earned run on six hits and a walk in 6¹/₃ innings.
Pete Alonso homered in the eighth inning. The outburst was Alonso’s 17th of the season, putting him alone in first place in the National League. The Mets nailed four runs with two outs in the ninth, with Khalil Lee’s first major league homer, a three-run outburst, providing most of the boost.
“I think we had six or seven balls that we hit right on the button,” Showalter said. “They played a very good defense tonight. I thought with a few turns here and there we would have had a different situation.
Carrasco started in shaky fashion, allowing two runs in the first. Brandon Marsh led the game for the Angles before Ohtani scored an RBI double with one out, taking third on Luis Guillorme’s errant throw. Anthony Rendon followed with an RBI brace that put the Mets in a 2-0 hole.
Trout announced his return to the Angels lineup with a 425-foot shot that cleared the left field fence in the third inning to extend the Angels’ lead to 3-0. The homer was Trout’s 15th this season and the first cleared by Carrasco in six starts, dating to May 10.
Ohtani created further havoc for the Mets in the fifth, blowing a two-run homer against Carrasco that gave the Angels a 5-0 lead. Trout doubled in the inning before Ohtani burst through the fence at right center with a shot that left his bat at 113.5 mph. The home run was Ohtani’s 13th of the season.