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Mike Trout has homered in four consecutive games

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout drove a solo home run out to left field in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against White Sox pitcher Mike Pelfrey, breaking a 3-3 tie. It’s the fourth consecutive game in which Trout has homered, leaving him one shy of the Angels’ record held by Bobby Bonds (1977). The last Angel to homer in four consecutive games was Mark Trumbo in 2012, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes.

Entering Monday’s action, Trout — the reigning AL MVP and the best baseball player on the planet — was hitting .352/.449/.738 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 147 plate appearances.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.