WASHINGTON — Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning on a night that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper went a combined 2-for-8 with zero runs or RBIs in their first matchup as opponents, and the Angels beat the Nationals 4-2 Monday.
Los Angeles trailed 1-0 going into the eighth. But Albert Pujols — who went 0-for-5, staying on 498 homers — reached on the first of shortstop Ian Desmond's two errors in the inning, raising his season total to nine. Erick Aybar's third hit of the night scored Pujols.
After Mitchell High product Tyler Clippard walked the bases loaded, Ibanez doubled to left-center.
Trout, 22, the 2012 AL rookie of the year who is widely considered baseball's best player, was 2-for-5 with two singles. Harper, 21, the 2012 NL rookie honoree, was 0-for-3 with a walk. The outfielders became pals while teammates in the Arizona Fall League in 2011.