HOUSTON -- It didn't take long for Michael Trout to reach the double-digit mark for home runs in 2018. He launched homer No. 10 on the first pitch he saw from Astros right-hander Charlie Morton -- a 96.5-mph four-seam fastball -- in Tuesday night's 8-7 win at Minute Maid Park, giving the Angels a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Trout, whose homer traveled 371 feet, with a launch angle of 35 degrees according to Statcast™, became the fastest to 10 homers in Angels history, reaching the mark in the club's 24th game. The prior record was nine, most recently done by Jose Pujols in 2014. Trout didn't hit his 10th homer of '17 until May 13, in his 33rd game of the season.
Trout, who walked in his next two at-bats, was glad to be able to provide a starting point in a win supported by contributions all throughout the lineup.
"It was big," Trout said. "Just got a fastball middle and just barreled it. It was just nice to get a good start for the team."
Trout has homered in four of his past five games and eight of his past 15. He has hit nine of his 10 homers in April.
More importantly, Trout's Major League-leading homer helped the Angels win their second game in a row over the Astros, which moves them into first place in the American League West standings. The Angels had a tough challenge ahead of them when they arrived in Houston, considering they needed to get back on track in several areas, and had to do it against one of the best teams in the Majors.
Their 11th road win in a row has already resulted in a series win over the reigning World Series champs.
"It's huge," Trout said. "I was talking about it with Albert today. These games are huge early in the season. Last year, we let a couple slip away. The plan is to win series. That's all we can do."