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    Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels watches a foul ball bounce in front of Elias Diaz #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Albert Pujols of the Angels hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Pujols’ single, career hit No. 3,167, made him the all-time hits leader among players born outside the United States, passing Adrian Beltre. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates keeps an eye on Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    An fan celebrates a single in the first inning by Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates wipes his face as he walks to the mound during the Los Angeles Angels’ four-run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    The Los Angeles Angels take on the Pittsburg Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to the plate against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels waits in the dugout to hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels is greeted in the dugout after scoring on an error by Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after hitting a double in the bottom of the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels scores past Elias Diaz #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an Albert Pujols single in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Pujols’ single, career hit No. 3,167, made him the all-time hits leader among players born outside the United States, passing Adrian Beltre. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Dillon Peters #52 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to the plate against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his RBI double in the fourth inning in front of Elias Diaz #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM – The Angels unwrapped a much-needed victory Wednesday at Angel Stadium on owner Arte Moreno’s 73rd birthday.

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout delivered a bit of history and starter Dillon Peters came through with an ultimately composed effort as the slumping Angels defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 to win for just the fifth time in 18 games.

To start, yellow-cleated Pirates pitcher Chris Archer was tough on the Angels, confounding them with sliders and four-seem fastballs and evoking thoughts his 2015 visit to Anaheim, when he struck out 15 to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to victory.

But in a flash in the fourth, the Angels (59-63) erased those memories and created some of their own.

The inning began with a lead-off walk by Trout, which interrupted Archer’s seven-consecutive-out streak. The right-hander struck out the next two batters he faced, but he also allowed Trout to steal second.

It was the 10th time the 28-year-old superstar swiped a base this season, making him the first player in American League history and the fourth in major league history to steal at least 10 bases and hit at least 25 home runs in eight consecutive seasons.

And then it was Pujols’ turn.

The 39-year-old Dominican slugger smacked a two-out single to right that not only drove in Trout and cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1, but gave Pujols his 3,167th career hit, moving him into 15th all time and making him the all-time hits leader among foreign-born players.

David Fletcher – who’d already made a trio of nice plays at third base and had four hits Tuesday – got in on the fun hit a deep double to left-center field to drive home Pujols.

And Luis Rengifo’s shot to left field shot past Bryan Reynolds and all the way to the wall, giving the rookie time to circle all the bases and score on a double to put the Angels ahead 4-2 before an announced crowd of 33,542 fans.

The Pirates (50-70) got a run back off of right-handed reliever Ty Buttrey in the seventh when Elias Diaz scored when Erik Gonzalez hit into a double play.

With the infield in in the eighth, Pujols added to his career hit total with a grounder up the middle that scored Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun to make it 6-3. A Rengifo single brought home Pujols for another insurance run as the Angels improved to 12-8 in interleague play and also avoided falling six games under .500 for the first time since May 24.

The Pirates added one last run in the ninth, when Diaz’s single to right brought home Cabrera before closer Hansel Robles struck out Pablo Reyes to close the door for his 17th save.

In the first, the Pirates needed just one hit to build a two-run lead, as Peters walked the first batter he faced and then hist the next two to load the bases and set up a run-scoring double play off the bat of Josh Bell. Pittsburgh added a run on a single by Melky Cabrera.

Peters, a 26-year-old left-hander, settled down after that. He earned the victory after allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out six, walking one and hitting three batters in six innings. He’s now allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his nine major league appearances this season, in which he’s had four stints with the big-league club.

Archer took the loss after striking out 10, walking one and allowing five runs (four earned) in five innings.

More to come on this report.

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