- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered in the same game for the first time this spring and combined for four of the Los Angeles Angels’ 14 hits in a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

Kole Calhoun led off the game with a single and Trout followed with his fifth homer this spring, a line drive to left-center. Trout added a single in the third and is batting .426 with 16 RBIs.

Hamilton, playing his fifth Cactus League game after missing several weeks with a strained calf, hit a towering drive down the right field line off starter Kyle Lohse in the fifth. Hamilton had two hits in five at-bats.

“Josh is working hard,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s putting a lot of work in getting live BP on the lower fields in the morning and he carried it through to the game. Over the next couple of days he’ll play (every day). He needs his at-bats right now. “

Chad Tracy put the Angels ahead with a three-run shot in the seventh.

Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer for the Brewers and added a single. Elian Herrera had two hits, including a two-run triple over Trout’s head in center field.

“He’s getting on base, he’s hitting for power and doing a lot of good things,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “For right now, I like the way that’s going.”

After committing five errors in a 7-5 loss Friday to Texas, the Brewers made four more on Saturday. They have 28 in 25 games this spring.

“We’re not playing good defense behind these (pitchers) and it makes it really hard to tell anything,” Roenicke said. “We can’t keep doing this. It is spring training, but I don’t like to play sloppy. I feel for our pitchers. They are doing are good job and I don’t want them to stay out there and throw as many pitches.”

Earlier in the day, the Brewers exercised Roenicke’s contract option for 2015.


Angels: Joe Blanton has moved his delivery point to the third base side of the rubber and admitted to having some comfort issues. Competing with Tyler Skaggs for the final spot in the rotation, Blanton allowed six hits and four runs over 4 1-3 innings. He walked four and have up two homers in an outing that raised his ERA to 7.08 and didn’t help his cause.

“I had a rough start and since moving over I really had to make adjustments during the game. It took me a little bit to figure it out,” Blanton said. “I started to feel better as the game went on. The last five hitters or so felt the best. I was rushing too much. It was just one of those games.”

Blanton has one more spring start to make his case. And if told he’ll start the season in the bullpen?

“We’ll cross that road when we get there,” he said. “I’m not thinking about anything but the next start. There’s nothing I can do about it but pitch and keep working hard and compete.”

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