To Mike Trout, home run titles are no different from any of the other awards and achievements that have made him a major-league star. If it happens, it happens. It's just not on his personal agenda at the moment.
Trout had a grand slam and a solo shot among his season-high four hits yesterday, lifting the host Angels to a 13-7 win over the Rangers and raising his major league-leading home run total to 31.
"I don't look at that stuff," Trout said. "At the end of the year, if that's where it's at, then that's where it's at."
Royals 5, Astros 1: Kansas City traded for Johnny Cueto, then used Yordano Ventura's seven sharp innings to beat Dallas Keuchel and visiting Houston.
The Royals announced during the game that they had acquired Cueto from Cincinnati for minor-league lefties Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. "I'm excited about my next chapter," Cueto said in Colorado, with Reds catcher Brayan Peña serving as his translator. "I'm excited because I know it's going to be good for my career and good for the team."
Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5:Franklin Gutierrez hit a walk-off homer in the 10th for Seattle, which turned a triple play in the fourth. With runners on first and third, when Ryan Goings grounded out to first, Kevin Pillar was hung up between first and second and Ezequiel Carrera was stuck between third and home. Both wound up being tagged out at third by catcher Mike Zunino, who said, "In that situation, you're told to just tag both guys and let the umpire tell you who's out."
Jays manager John Gibbons wasn't sure why Carrera came off the bag. "Any time there are two guys on a base, the guy who was originally there is entitled to it, so Pillar is out and then Carrera comes off the bag. Why? I have no idea. So he's out, too," he said.
Red Sox 11, Tigers 1: David Ortiz (four hits) homered twice and drove in seven runs for host Boston, which outhit Detroit 20-3.
Orioles 5, Rays 2: Nolan Reimold had a two-run double in the first and Caleb Joseph hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put visiting Baltimore up 5-0.
White Sox 2, Indians 1:Carlos Sanchez homered for the second straight day as visiting Chicago swept the four-game series.
Pirates 3, Nationals 1:Gerrit Cole became the majors' first 14-game winner, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings.
Phillies 11, Cubs 5: Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day as Philly improved to 8-1 since the All-Star break.
Braves 3, Cardinals 2: Adonis Garcia's first career homer broke a tie for visiting Atlanta.
Giants 4, A's 3:In San Francisco, Tim Hudson, 40, defeated the only team he had never beaten in a 17-year big-league career. He is the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in the majors.
Rockies 17, Reds 7: Nolan Arenado, Ben Paulsen and Carlos Gonzalez homered in a 10-run third inning for host Colorado. Paulsen and Gonzalez homered twice.
Padres 3, Marlins 2:Justin Upton homered for host San Diego.
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 0: Chris Owings' two-out, two-run double lifted host Arizona. -- AP