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Jul 18, 2015 - 6:19 AM Mike Trout has had impeccable timing on his last two homers.

He and Albert Pujols may be licking their chops to face Rick Porcello on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Angels' power-hitting duo has enjoyed success against the beleaguered Boston Red Sox right-hander, who has dropped four straight road decisions and owns the AL's worst ERA.

Trout become the first player to earn All-Star Game MVP honors in back-to-back years by leading off with a homer in Tuesday's 6-3 victory for the AL.

The superstar then dramatically gave Los Angeles (49-40) a 1-0 victory to open this four-game series by homering with two outs in the ninth inning off Koji Uehara on Friday. He is 13 for 31 with six homers, 10 runs and 12 RBIs in an eight-game hitting streak.

"It's been crazy, for sure. One of those weeks I'm definitely going to remember," said Trout, who has gone deep in five of his last six home games against Boston. "It's been fun, though. It's just why we play the game, to have fun and try to win ballgames."

Trout's 27 homers are one more than Pujols and Detroit's J.D. Martinez for the AL lead.

He is 6 for 18 against Porcello (5-9, 5.90 ERA) and Pujols is 5 for 16, with both homering once. Pujols' blast came May 22 when Porcello was ripped for seven runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 12-5 home loss.

It hasn't gone much better for Porcello on the road, where he is 0-4 with a 9.59 ERA in his last five outings. Even worse is his 11.25 ERA with an 0-2 record in three career starts in Anaheim.

Porcello ended an eight-start winless streak July 8 by allowing two runs in six innings in a 6-3 victory over Miami.

"It feels great to contribute in a positive way," he said.

The last time Porcello faced the Angels he was beaten by Garrett Richards (9-6, 3.53). Those two will meet again after Richards allowed five runs in six-plus innings for his first victory in three starts against Boston.

Dustin Pedroia is 4 for 10 off the right-hander and Mike Napoli is 5 for 9 with two homers.

Richards is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in seven home starts, including three straight wins. He was charged with four runs and matched a career worst with 12 hits allowed in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss at Seattle on July 9.

Pedroia went 0 for 4 on Friday after missing 16 games due to a right hamstring strain.

The second baseman's return meant that All-Star Brock Holt was out of the lineup. Holt is one game shy of matching a career best by hitting safely in 12 straight.

Xander Bogaerts was 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games during which he's batting .404 with 10 RBIs.

Napoli went 0 for 3 and has baseball's fourth-worst average at .191.

The Angels have won 12 of 15 while Boston (42-48) lost for the fourth time in 12 on the road.

"That was a well-played game, and unfortunately, we came up on the wrong end of a 1-0 score," manager John Farrell said.