ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout homered, Justin Upton delivered the tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Friday night to win back-to-back games for only the second time all season.
Albert Pujols had an RBI double to tie George Brett for the sixth-most doubles in major league history in the opener of 10 consecutive home games for the last-place Angels. Trout homered in the eighth, while Upton went 3 for 4 in the first multi-hit game of the veteran Halos slugger’s rough season.
That was enough for Andrew Heaney (2-2), who rebounded from three straight disappointing starts with 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his longest and best outing of the season.
Kyle Seager hit a leadoff double in the ninth and scored on Tim Lopes’ single to right, but Jose Marmolejos unwisely made the second out of the inning when rookie Jo Adell and relay man Andrelton Simmons caught him trying to go from first to third.
Nick Margevicius (1-2) yielded seven hits over six innings in another strong start for the Mariners. Sam Haggerty drove in the game’s first run with a single in the sixth, but Seattle lost for only the second time in seven games.
Both starters cruised through the first five innings, with Heaney allowing only two hits and Margevicius giving up five without a run.
Seattle finally broke through when J.P. Crawford led off the sixth with a double and scored on a single by Haggerty, who had failed to get down a bunt on his first two pitches.
Pujols evened it with two outs in the sixth, driving in Shohei Ohtani with a double down the left field line. The double was Pujols’ 665th, pulling him even with Brett and two behind Craig Biggio in fifth place in baseball history.
Upton then drove in Pujols with a single, his third hit of the night. The game was a much-needed rebound from Upton, whose batting average had dipped below .100 while he managed just two previous hits in all of August.
Trout hit a solo homer leading off the eighth, his first since Aug. 17. The three-time AL MVP has 11 homers this season, and his 45 homers over his career against Seattle are his most against any opponent.
The Angels traded infielder Tommy La Stella to Oakland for infielder Franklin Barreto during the game. La Stella was batting .273 while playing 15 games at second base and 10 at first base for the Halos, but the 2019 All-Star can be a free agent this winter.
La Stella entered the Angels’ dugout in the early innings and hugged most of his teammates and coaches.
During the national anthem, both teams’ Black players gathered in center field with Trout, Anthony Rendon and David Fletcher. The players all linked arms for the song.
Mariners: Evan White had an MRI on his sore shoulder, but manager Scott Servais said the rookie first baseman was feeling better. The results of the MRI hadn’t been determined before the series opener against the Angels, but Servais was hopeful White could get some work before Saturday’s game and possibly rejoin the lineup soon. »He’s less worried about it, so still moving in the right direction there, » Servais said.
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Europe’s Ryder Cup heavyweights have lined up to criticise the LPGA Tour for its bizarre, if not disgraceful, treatment of Sophia Popov since the German won the AIG Women’s Open last weekend. Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Bjorn all expressed their disgust at the Troon hero not only being denied entry to the second major of the season – the Ana Inspiration in two weeks’ time – but also the usual five-year exemption as a Tour member. It is fair to say that Mike Whan, the LPGA commissioner, felt under increasing pressure on Friday after Poulter called the Tour “embarrassing to the game of golf” and Fleetwood termed it “stupid to say the least”. Yet perhaps Bjorn, the 2018 captain, summed up the bewilderment and anger best of all. « It’s amazing that @LPGA and @LPGACommish haven’t reacted yet,” Bjorn tweeted. “Golf is again the laughing stock of the sports world due to having rules that don’t make any sense.” The LPGA is not for turning, however, with Whan later going on to the Tour’s official website to point out that the Ana Inspiration field was already fixed because it was postponed in March and that the rules only grant Popov two years grace for Tour playing privileges. In a complicated scenario, Popov is disqualified from both because she was not a “full” LPGA Tour member when stunning the world in Ayrshire, after missing out her card by a mere shot at last year’s Q School.
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