ANAHEIM — The Angels bullpen clearly doesn’t want Mike Trout to able to celebrate a homer milestone without a sweat.
Trout set the Angels franchise record with his 300th career homer in the third inning, but the Angels bullpen blew a late lead before the hitters rallied to get the Angels a wild 10-9 victory over the Houston Astros in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
A night earlier, when Trout tied Tim Salmon for the franchise record, the Angels let a late three-run lead get away before winning in the 11th.
This one was even wackier.
The Angels trailed by three runs in the third, when Trout hit his two-run homer. The eventually took a one-run lead into the seventh and final inning, only to have Felix Peña allow three runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, though, Trout and Shohei Ohtani led off with back-to-back walks and then Justin Upton drove in one with a double off the top of the right field fence, narrowly missing a game-winning three run homer. Upton had earlier tied the game with a two-run homer.
An out later, Jo Adell poked a hit down the right field line to drive in two and give the Angels their third straight victory.
It made for a happy ending a couple hours after Trout had passed Salmon.
“It’s time the pass the torch on to somebody else in the family — another fish,” Salmon said on the television broadcast.
The homer also put Trout back atop the major league leaderboard with his 15th of the season.
An inning later, the Angels tied the game on a homer by the Angels most heralded prospect since Trout. Adell belted his third career homer, and the 21-year-old rookie’s blast tied the game and took Griffin Canning off the hook for the loss.
Canning struggled in his first outing after the best game of his career, an eight-inning performance on Monday. Canning gave up a homer to Preston Tucker in the second and then three runs in third, all on two-out hits.
The Angels came into the game allowing opponents to .314 with two outs and runners in scoring position, second worst in the majors.
They would allow more two-out damage in the seventh, setting the stage for the rally in the bottom of the seventh.
More to come on this story.