With the Angels down to their final out and on the verge of losing their fifth straight game, they leaned on their two stars to take a lead against the Red Sox in the series finale on Sunday at Fenway Park.
Superstar Mike Trout stepped to the plate on an 0-for-18 skid but came through with a bloop single to right off closer Matt Barnes to keep the game alive. It set the stage for a two-run blast from Shohei Ohtani on a first-pitch fastball to give the Angels the lead in a wild 6-5 win over Boston to snap a four-game losing streak. It was the first go-ahead homer for the Halos with two outs in the ninth since Hank Conger had one on Aug. 31, 2013, and it helped make up for blowing an early 4-0 lead.
"That was pretty large," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "It's been a tough road trip. We've had games we should've won and didn't. This could've been a series win for us and was not. These are the kinds of things we have to start taking care of. You can't be giving up leads, and we jeopardized it again today. But we did come back. It takes a bloop and a blast. You say it all the time in the dugout, and it's exactly what occurred."