04/21 18:09 CDT Angels power past Mariners 8-6 to end 6-game losing streak
Angels power past Mariners 8-6 to end 6-game losing streak
By DAN GREENSPAN
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- Tommy La Stella hit two home runs and the Los Angeles
Angels held on for an 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday to end a
six-game losing streak.
Kevan Smith and Brian Goodwin also homered and Mike Trout hit two doubles for
the Angels, who avoided a four-game sweep in the series with the Mariners.
Jaime Barria (2-1) gave up one run in five innings.
Seattle lost for the second time in 13 road games to start the season, with
Mike Leake (2-2) giving up four runs on three homers in six innings.
The Mariners created tension in the ninth inning when Tom Murphy cracked a
two-run homer with one out, Dee Gordon immediately followed it up with a solo
home run to right, and Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer with two outs to pull
within 8-6. Cody Allen walked Domingo Santana to bring Edwin Encarnacion up as
the potential tying run before Luis Garcia got him to pop up to Justin Bour at
first to end the game.
La Stella hit a solo homer off the video scoreboard in left to put the Angles
up 3-1 in the fourth. He added another solo shot in the eighth inning to set a
new career-high with his sixth home run of the season in 21 games. La Stella
needed 73 games in 2017 with the Chicago Cubs to record his previous
career-best five homers.
Smith gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the second when he hit his first home run
of the season just past the glove of a leaping Mallex Smith and over the wall
in the deepest part of center field.
Santana cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third with a two-out single that allowed
Haniger to score from second base.
Goodwin made it 4-1 in the sixth with a solo homer to center, and Bour and
Andrelton Simmons each drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it
6-1. Kole Calhoun doubled to score another run in the eighth for an 8-1 lead
following La Stella's second blast.
Hansel Robles threw a scoreless first inning before being replaced by Barria as
the Angels became the latest team to employ an "opener." Manager Brad Ausmus
considered giving a reliever a start earlier this month against the Cubs, but
those plans were scuttled because of bullpen usage.
Ausmus expects to continue using relievers as spot-starters, a trend that
started last season when Tampa Bay sent closer Sergio Romo out in the first
inning of consecutive games against the Angels in May.
Mariners: OF Jay Bruce did not start because of a sore quadricep but drew a
walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. . RHP Chasen Bradford (shoulder) threw a
bullpen session Sunday and could be activated off the injured list to play in
the two-game series against San Diego.
Angels: 1B Albert Pujols got the day off to rest. . LHP Tyler Skaggs (ankle)
will throw one more bullpen session before being activated off the injured
list. . Ausmus threw batting practice to DH Shohei Ohtani (elbow) on Saturday,
but there is no updated timetable for the Japanese two-way star. "We've been
pretty steadfast on sticking to his schedule and being cautious with him to
avoid any long-term damage to his elbow," Ausmus said.
Mariners: RHP Erik Swanson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) will make his first career road
start at San Diego on Tuesday. Swanson took the loss against Cleveland on
Wednesday after giving up one run in six innings.
Angels: RHP Matt Harvey (0-2, 9.64) will start against the New York Yankees on
Monday in the opener of a four-game series. Harvey is 1-0 with a 1.25 ERA in
three career starts against the Yankees.
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