NEW YORK -- Saturday night, center stage, under the Yankee Stadium spotlight. And the best player in baseball put on quite a show.
Mike Trout homered and doubled three times during his first five-hit game in the majors as the Los Angeles Angels quickly recovered from a rocky start in rolling to an 11-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
"It's awesome. Preparation, working on timing, and nice payoff tonight,'' Trout said. "I was just getting pitches where I like it, and I wasn't missing.''
Playing not far from his southern New Jersey hometown, Trout went deep for the third straight game to tie Boston's Mookie Betts for the big league lead with 17 homers. The two-time MVP drove in four runs and set career bests with four extra-base hits and 11 total bases.
Trout added an infield single and finished 5-for-5, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning off shaky Sonny Gray (3-4) that put the Angels ahead 5-4.
"He had a night that was incredible,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Gave us a big lift, and we needed it. In this park, you've got to keep scoring, and we did."
Jose Briceno homered in his major league debut for the Angels, and rookie Jaime Barria (4-1) returned from the minors to win his third consecutive big league decision. Scioscia tied Dodgers mentor and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for 20th place on the career list with 1,599 wins as a manager.
Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge began the bottom of the first with back-to-back homers for the Yankees, who lost for only the third time in their past 17 home games. Austin Romine poked a two-run shot the other way off the right-field foul pole to give New York a 4-1 lead in the second.
The 21-year-old Barria settled down after that and lasted five innings before three Los Angeles relievers combined to allow just one hit the rest of the way.
"I think you saw his makeup right there. This could have taken some ugly turns,'' Scioscia said.
Coming off his best outing of the season, eight dominant innings at Kansas City, the inconsistent Gray took a step back. He was charged with 5 runs, 7 hits and 3 walks in 3⅔ innings.
"I think the stuff was good, just the results weren't,'' Gray said. "I don't think I got a leadoff hitter out all night, and that can make for a long game for a starter.''
Trout hit an RBI double off the left-field wall in the first and a double to right in the third. After his homer to left in the fourth, he had an RBI double to left-center in the sixth and an infield single to deep shortstop in the seventh.
"He's an unbelievable player, and I think he kind of showed that tonight,'' Gray said.
Asked if he gave any thought to walking Trout with first base open in the fourth, Yankees manager Aaron Boone replied, "Thought? Yeah. But I just felt like at that point in the fourth inning, they're starting to turn the lineup over again, and if we walk him he probably ends up at second. So we're basically at that point putting the go-ahead run on second. So not really. If we had gone to like 3-0 or something we would have put him on, but otherwise, no."
Shohei Ohtani threw a bullpen before the game and then went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a bases-loaded walk as the designated hitter. Ohtani also grounded into a double play that scored a run. He initially was lined up to pitch Sunday against Japanese countryman Masahiro Tanaka, but the two-way rookie sensation was pushed back by the Angels to manage his workload. Ohtani would seem likely to be the DH against Tanaka on Sunday, though Scioscia wouldn't commit to that. Ohtani appears to be tracking toward making his next start on the mound Wednesday in Detroit, but the team has not made any announcement.
Called up Sunday from Triple-A Salt Lake, Briceno enjoyed quite a major league debut -- at Yankee Stadium, no less -- after eight-plus seasons in the minors. With his wife on hand, along with his mother and uncle from Venezuela, the 25-year-old backup catcher started and lined a fourth-inning single for his first career hit. He was thrown out trying to stretch out the hit as he tumbled into second base with an awkward rolling slide. But he drew a leadoff walk and scored in the sixth before hitting a two-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. "I don't have words to explain how I feel,'' said Briceno, who grew up a Yankees fan. "That was outstanding.''
Angels: LF Justin Upton exited with a bruised left forearm, two innings after he was hit by a pitch from Gray. X-rays were negative.
Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (ankle surgery) was reinstated from the disabled list and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut. ... OF Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined all season with oblique, foot and hip injuries, has a new problem -- his back. He isn't participating in baseball activities at the team's complex in Florida but is receiving treatment, GM Brian Cashman told reporters.
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.31 ERA) starts the rubber game of the series Sunday on his 30th birthday. Richards is 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA in six career games, five starts, against the Yankees. They tagged him for a season-high nine runs -- five earned -- over 1⅔ innings on April 28 in Anaheim.
Yankees: Tanaka (5-2, 4.95) is 2-0 in five career starts against the Angels, with New York winning all five games. His 1.60 ERA is his lowest against any opponent he has faced more than once. Unbeaten in his past six outings overall, the right-hander permitted only two hits in six innings and struck out a season-high nine to beat Richards 11-1 in April.
ESPN's Coley Harvey and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Justin Verlander said his curve ball felt good and helped keep hitters guessing against the stacked Rex Sox lineup.
A.J. Hinch is impressed with the Astros for pulling out the Game 1 win, but says they need to cut down on mistakes.
Alex Cora says it "wasn't cool" to watch the Red Sox fall 7-2 to the Astros from his office after getting tossed for arguing the strike zone.
Carlos Correa is impressed with Houston's hitting against Chris Sale in Game 1.
Alex Bregman says Justin Verlander's performance in the ALCS Game 1 was tremendous.