ANAHEIM — But of course.
When Major League teams are struggling and at their wits’ end, what do they do?
“I’m going to Disneyland!”
Once again Monday night, the Angels were the cure for what ailed the visiting team.
The Pittsburgh Pirates came in with a record of 4-24 since the All-Star Break and an eight-game losing streak.
The Bucs hit four home runs and utterly thrashed Angels pitching in a 10-2 embarrassment endured by 33,527 at Angel Stadium.
The Halos picked up where they left off, barely avoiding being swept in a seven-game homestand by the two worst teams in the American League, Baltimore and Detroit.
Before some fans had found their seats, the Pirates led 3-0 in the first inning against Angels left-hander Jose Suarez (2-4).
Suarez allowed eight hits and seven earned runs In three innings.
“Not the type of performance we were looking for, obviously,” said Angels manger Brad Ausmus. “We have to make sure he doesn’t get beat down by this and have his confidence damaged. Jose is a good, young pitcher, but he’s only 21.”
Kevin Newman (his seventh), Bryan Reynolds (No. 12), Jacob Stallings (No. 4) and Josh Bell (No. 30) all went deep off Angels pitching.
Bell now has 95 RBI in his first career 30-homer season.
The Angels didn’t break through against Pittsburgh rookie Mitch Keller (1-1) until the fourth inning.
Justin Upton singled and eventually scored on Max Stassi’s sacrifice fly, the new Angels catcher’s first run batted in with his new team.
In the sixth, Kole Calhoun singled and scored when Pirates third baseman Pablo Reyes booted a ground ball for what should have been the third out.
Keller went five innings to earn his first major league victory.
Angels: RHP Justin Anderson went on the injured list with a strained back muscle. ... SS Andrelton Simmons expects to return “soon” from a left ankle injury that has kept him out since Aug. 4. The Gold Glove winner missed nearly six weeks midway through the season with a different ankle injury. Simmons says the Angels are just being cautious this time with an apparently unrelated injury to the same ankle. ... RHP Félix Peña, who combined with Taylor Cole on a no-hitter last month, will have his season-ending knee surgery Friday.
Halos rookie Griffin Canning (4-6, 4.76 ERA) will return from a brief stint on the injured list with elbow inflammation to face Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (4-5, 5.06 ERA), a Southern California native facing the Angels for the first time.