Mariners take first game in series with Angels
Seattle might be battling the Los Angeles Angels for second place in the American League West, if defending World Series champ Houston gets hot and takes control of the race.
Or, maybe both teams could challenge Houston in the division.
A key series is taking place this week at Safeco Field, and Seattle won the first game with L.A., 5-3 on Monday.
Both teams hit homers, accounting for all the runs. Nelson Cruz hit two and Ryon Healy one for Seattle, and Mike Trout two and Albert Pujols one for Los Angeles.
Wade LeBlanc (2-0) had a solid outing, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking two in five innings.
Cruz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, after Trout and Pujols had gone deep in the top of the inning.
A Cruz solo homer and Healy two-run homer in the fourth inning made the score 5-2.
All the runs came off Andrew Heaney, who gave up seven hits and five runs and failed to get an out in the fourth inning.
Trout's second homer made it a 5-3 game in the top of the eighth inning.
Edwin Diaz pitched a hitless ninth with two strikeouts for his 24th save.
The Mariners (42-24) and Angels (37-30) play again at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mike Leake (6-3) pitches for Seattle.Jaime Barria (5-1, 2.48) will be on the hill for Los Angeles.