Trumbo, Santana push Angel to the 2: 1-win - OCRegister

ANAHEIM – When the Angels traded for veteran Russell Branyan in May, Mark Trumbo looked like a hitter who needed to be platooned. Not anymore.

His home run off right-hander Felix Hernandez was the big hit in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

Starting pitcher Ervin Santana tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the game in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels won, 2-1.STEPHEN DUNN, GETTY IMAGES ADVERTISEMENT

Trumbo was a career .212 hitter against right-handers, with a home run every 30 at-bats. Since the Branyan trade, he is hitting .275 with a homer every 11 at-bats. That has kept Branyan on the bench, and given Angels the power hitter they so desperately needed.

Trumbo fell behind 1-2 on three breaking balls from Hernandez in the third. Hernandez then threw a two-seam fastball off the plate low and inside, and Trumbo swung.

"Might have even been a ball," Trumbo said. "His ball moves as much as anybody I've ever seen, so I learned real quick I wasn't going to get anything over the plate."

The result: 471 feet, the longest home run in Anaheim this year, and the fifth-longest in baseball, according to the website Hit Tracker.

"They all feel the same," he said, when asked if it felt like 471 feet.

Hernandez was otherwise dominant. He struck out 12 in eight innings and didn't allow his second baserunner until Howie Kendrick's infield single in the seventh, which led to the Angels' second and, eventually, decisive run.

Santana held the Mariners scoreless into the ninth. But a Mike Carp home run cut the lead in half and ended Santana's day.

His last three outings: No-hitter, then a complete-game victory, then Sunday's gem. It was the first time in Santana's career he has pitched eight innings in three consecutive starts.

"There's no doubt, you come back for you next start (after a no-hitter) and you walk with a little more confidence. Ervin's continued that roll," said Manager Mike Scioscia.

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Trumbo, Santana push Angel to the 2: 1-win - OCRegister