The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year is off to a slow start at the plate. He's 4 for 21 since returning from the injured list following elbow surgery.
On Saturday's game in Baltimore, he batted third as a designated hitter in his fifth game of the season. Shohei Ohtani also chipped in with two hits and a run batted in. Trout, who had gone deep just once in his previous 17 games, responded by telling the youngster, "I need to hit a home run tonight".
In the ninth inning, with a runner on second, Ohtani swung at a breaking ball to get a hit to the right, adding another run for the team.
Both home runs came against Dylan Bundy (1-5), who has yielded 11 long balls this season after serving up a major league-high 41 past year.
Gavin, once again wearing one of his trademark "Troutfits", gave his idol a handwritten letter that started with "Dear Mike Trout, You're my favrit player ever" and ended with "I hope to be just like you".
The Orioles answered in the bottom of the third when Smith belted a two-run shot off Canning to give Baltimore a 4-1 lead.
The Angels are 8-11 on the road. Los Angeles is slugging.424 as a unit.
"If I get a little better, I'll probably get (extra-base hits)".
"I feel good about it, but I definitely wasn't on", Means said.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (left elbow inflammation) is expected to make the second of three planned rehab starts in the next few days.
Canning, 23, earned his first major league win in Detroit on Tuesday, when he allowed two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven with one walk. Despite having four hits Friday night and owning a.390 lifetime batting average against Baltimore, Andrelton Simmons was rested until the eighth inning by Ausmus.
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (1-4, 5.30) tries to build on his last outing, when he pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Over on the O' side, they're going with John Means as the Sunday starter.