Trout hits first home run of 2016 to lift Angels past A's

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout swings for a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 11, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season, Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics and ace Sonny Gray 4-1 on Monday night.

Daniel Nava and C.J. Cron added RBI singles to help the Angels win their second straight following a 1-4 start.

Trout struck out looking twice but homered on the first pitch he saw from Gray in the sixth, a towering two-run shot that ricocheted off the right side of the bleachers just below the luxury suites in left-center field.

Gray (1-1) was sharp in his second outing but lost for just the second time in 12 April starts. He allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked three.

Tropeano (1-0) was just a little better.