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Mike Trout homers again to set career record against Mariners, but Angels lose

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, left, after hitting a solo home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh stands at the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 24, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mike Trout is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani after hitting a fourth-inning solo home run. It was his 22nd homer this season overall and the 53rd of his career against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels lost 4-3. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Mike Trout had some early Christmas presents for Angels fans Friday.

Not only did he hit his 53rd career home run against the Seattle Mariners — which traveled 422 feet and over the center-field hedges at Angel Stadium — he also got extra-base hits Nos. 99 and 100 against the Angels’ American League West rivals.

But the Angels closed out their Christmas in June Night with a 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

Trout’s solo home run in the fourth inning and RBI triple in the sixth further cemented his status as the Mariners’ biggest nemesis and as one of the best hitters in baseball history.

“That’s just Trout. You know how good he is,” interim manager Phil Nevin said.

He owns the career records for the most home runs and the most extra-base hits and is tied — with George Brett — for the most triples against the Mariners. Rafael Palmeiro previously held two of those records with 52 homers and 98 extra-base hits.

“Tonight’s the best I’ve felt over the last week,” said Trout, who has hit six home runs against the Mariners this season. “If you can put a swing on a ball and barrel it up, it means you’re in a good spot.”

His triple seemed to defy the laws of physics. Trout said after the game that it looked as if the line drive was headed right at Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez, but it picked up steam, seemed to change direction and went over his head.

Trout and Nevin said they had never seen a ball do that before, hypothesizing it was because Mariners starter Chris Flexen threw a knuckleball.

“I don’t know if there’s a center fielder that makes that play,” Nevin said.

The hits were enough for Mariners manager Scott Servais to doubt his reliever, Andrés Muñoz, who faced Trout in the eighth…

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