By Pete Zarustica
Could this be the start of something big?
Mayyybeee. After taking two of three from the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels overcame an early three-run deficit and slammed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 Tuesday night in Anaheim.
The win improved the Halo record to 47-45 and dropped the Mariners (57-35) four games out of first place in the American League West.
Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun each homered in a win in which the Angels rapped out 15 hits.
“We need to pressure teams on the offensive side and take a little pressure off our starting pitchers,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Even though we got behind today, we were able to do that. I think Kole and Simba [Andrelton Simmons] set the tone, for sure. The guys in the middle of the order had plenty of opportunities. The whole lineup was really effective and efficient.”
Mitch Haniger hit a three-run home run off Garrett Richards in the first for the M’s, but that was it offensively for the visitors. The Angels tied it up with one run in the second and two in the second, and then blew the game open with four runs in the fourth.
In that decisive inning, Simmons doubled to drive in Kole Calhoun, and then Pujols homered to bring in Simmons and himself. Later in the inning, Ian Kinsler singled in Shohei Ohtani.
Calhoun hit a home run in the fifth and Ohtani singled home Jefry Marte in the eighth.
Overall, Simmons and Calhoun each had three hits and two RBIs. Pujols and Mike Trout each had a pair of hits.
After Richards left the game with irritation to his right arm, Noe Ramirez (4-3) came in, pitched 1.1 innings and got the win. The Halos used five relievers in the game.
The Angels will face the Mariners again on Wednesday with Jaime Barria (5-5) making the start for the home team against Marco Gonzales (9-5).