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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Kole Calhoun #56 is congratulated by Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after he scored a run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin fields a single hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour, left, catches the throw for the out on Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour heads toward the dugout after the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches after hitting a fly ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour heads toward the dugout after the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich hits an RBI single during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich watches after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Ben Gamel is greeted by teammates after he scored during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff walks back to the dugout as Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, background left, is greeted by Albert Pujols after scoring on a single hit by Justin Bour during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour watches his two-run single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain heads toward the dugout after he lined out to Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich watches after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich watches after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour watches after hitting a two-run single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols avoids a pitch during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Orlando Arcia tosses his bat after he struck out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, watches as Justin Bour, center, is greeted by manager Brad Ausmus after his two-run single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Bour was out on a double play hit into by Albert Pujols. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps over Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers at second base to complete the throw for the double play at first in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich heads back to first base during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich stands near first base during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich follows through on an RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches agasint the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    The Angels’ Kole Calhoun slides into home plate to score on a single by Justin Bour during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dives behind Yasmani Grandal #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers to score a run in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Kevan Smith #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses the plate to score a run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Manager Brad Ausmus of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim holds back his catcher Kevan Smith after he was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the seventh inning while playing the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout during a game against Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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    ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 10: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout during a game against Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM — The absence of Mike Trout couldn’t slow the resurgent Angels.

With their superstar out of the lineup because of a strained groin, the Angels still beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to six games.

After starting the season at 1-6, a slump that bottomed out with a blowout loss in the home opener, the Angels won the rest of the games on the homestand to take a 7-6 record on the road.

They swept a Brewers team that brought an 8-2 record into Anaheim.

The final victory in the series came with a group that didn’t bear much resemblance to the team they hope to have. Aside from Trout, the Angels are also without Shohei Ohtani (Tommy John surgery) and Justin Upton (sprained toe). Two other projected everyday players, Zack Cozart and Jonathan Lucroy, were given days off from the starting lineup on Wednesday.

Starter Félix Peña was projected to be the Angels’ sixth starter, but he outpitched Jaime Barría in spring training and won a job in the rotation to start the season.

Barría just returned to the majors on Wednesday, to supplement an overworked bullpen, and he actually replaced Peña after he battled through four innings in an unusual outing.

Peña gave up just one run, and it was unearned, but he was clearly not pitching as well as the Angels would have liked.

The Brewers hit several rockets against him, one of which would have been a Yasmani Grandal homer if not for a leaping catch at the fence by Trout-replacement Brian Goodwin in center. Mike Moustakas hit a ball 112 mph off the right field wall, but it was hit so hard and played so perfectly by Kole Calhoun that Moustakas had to stop with a single.

The average exit velocity against Peña was 93.9 mph, compared with the major league average of 87.4. He also hit two batters and walked two, including two walks in the fourth to load the bases.

With the bullpen warming behind him, Peña struck out Orlando Arcia to leave the bases loaded with his 72nd pitch, pumping his fist before walking off the mound.

He would not return. Barría came in allowed one run while recording eight outs, which left seven outs for the Angels primary late-inning relievers to pick up with a two-run lead.

Cam Bedrosian got the first four, and then Hansel Robles pitched the ninth. Closer Cody Allen had pitched two days in a row.

They made the Angels’ four-run third inning stand up for the victory. Kevan Smith was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and then No. 9 hitter David Fletcher drew his first walk of the young season. Calhoun smoked a single up the middle to load the bases.

Andrelton Simmons poked a single into right, driving in Smith. Justin Bour then dropped a bloop single into center, driving in two more. Albert Pujols hit into a double play, pushing home the fourth run of the inning.

More to come on this story.

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