ANAHEIM, Calif. - Before his Mets arrived in town for a three-game interleague series against the Angels, Terry Collins called himself a fan of the game. He looked forward to getting an up-close glimpse at Angels phenom Mike Trout.
Perhaps he got too much of a look.
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Trout, 22, torched the Mets as the Angels claimed two of three games in the series. In the Mets' 14-2 loss on Sunday, Trout capped his virtuoso performance by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a towering solo home run off righthander Bartolo Colon.
"Yeah," a tight-lipped Collins said. "He's good."
In his first three career games against the Mets, Trout was 7-for-15 with two homers. He raised his season average to .320.
No pitching staff in baseball has been more generous with home runs than the Mets.
After giving up five on Sunday, Mets pitchers moved into the major-league lead with 21 homers allowed in the first 12 games.
Colon has given up six to lead the staff and Dillon Gee has surrendered five.
"Those kinds of guys, they've got to pitch down in the zone," Collins said. "And when they get the ball up, it straightens out. When it straightens out, they're going to get hit hard."
The Mets' bullpen was torched for five runs in relief of Colon. Scott Rice (13.50 ERA) surrendered two runs in the sixth before John Lannan (15.75) allowed three in the eighth . . . With a second-inning single, Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to eight games. He added another hit in the fifth against C.J. Wilson. Lagares is 10-for-32 during the streak.