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Marmolejos’ first homer powers Mariners over Angels 8-5

Seattle starting pitcher Gonzales has solid outing

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Seattle Mariners' Jose Marmolejos, right, hits a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi, left, watches along with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J.
Seattle Mariners' Jose Marmolejos, right, hits a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi, left, watches along with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Photo Gallery

ANAHEIM, Calif. — José Marmolejos and Shed Long Jr. homered, Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Thursday night.

Marmolejos hit first big league homer, a three-run shot in the first inning. J.P. Crawford led off the game with a single, Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and Marmolejos, a rookie first baseman, sent a fastball from Dylan Bundy (1-1) into the elevated stands in right field.

Marmolejos came into the game with only two hits in his first 18 at-bats.

Long Jr. had two hits. The Mariners led 3-2 when he opened a five-run ninth by hitting Hansel Robles’ fastball over the wall in right. Crawford and Kyle Lewis each had two-run singles in the frame.

Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer off Dan Altavilla in the Angels ninth. Ohtani’s 42nd home run in the majors tied him with Kosuke Fukudome for fifth-most by a Japanese-born player.

Gonzales (1-1) provided a lift for a Mariners’ pitching staff that had allowed seven runs or more in their first six games. The left-hander allowed only two unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings on six hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

His only mistake came in the fifth inning, when he hung a curveball that Matt Stassi hit off the right-field foul pole for a two-run homer.

Gonzales also continued his mastery of the the Angels in their home ballpark. He is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts at Angel Stadium.

The Mariners dropped four of their first five to start the season but have won two straight.

Brian Goodwin added two hits for Los Angeles, which has lost four of its last five after splitting its first two games.

TROUT OUT OF LINEUP

Angels star outfielder Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list before the game.

The reigning AL Most Valuable Player and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child. Trout, who turns 29 on Aug. 7, initially expressed reservations about playing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic when players started summer camp workouts, but was pleased with how the Angels were trying to keep players healthy.

BUNDY’S NIGHT

Bundy settled down after Marmolejos’ homer and allowed only two hits the rest of his night. He retired nine straight at one point.

The right-hander — who was acquired from Baltimore during the offseason — went six innings and allowed three runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. He is the first Angels’ pitcher since Jered Weaver in 2012 to go at least six innings and have seven or more strikeouts in his first two season starts.

STILL STREAKING

Lewis extended his hitting streak to seven games to begin the season and has five straight multihit contests. He is batting .448 this year, including 11 for 22 with five RBIs in the last five games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: C Austin Nola (knee soreness) went through some pregame workouts and could return to the lineup on Friday.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons said he feels as if his sprained left ankle isn’t as bad as last year’s injury, which kept him out for five weeks. Simmons rolled the ankle off the back of the first-base bag during Monday’s game at Oakland when he was trying to beat out a groundball.

UP NEXT

Mariners begin a 10-game homestand with Friday’s night home opener against Oakland. Taijuan Walker (0-1, 13,50) makes his second start of the year. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits last Saturday at Houston.

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