Mariners stay hot on Vogelbach's clutch homer
The Seattle Mariners have started the season almost perfectly.
If not for a blown ninth-inning lead and loss to Boston, they would be 8-0.
Seattle concluded its opening homestand with a come-from-behind, 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday at T-Mobile Park.
Dan Vogelbach hit the go-ahead solo homer off L.A. reliever Luis Garcia in the eighth inning. It made a winner of Marco Gonzales (3-0), who got the first out in the ninth inning before Anthony Swarzak relieved him and got the final two outs and the save.
The Angels (1-5) led 1-0 early, but the Mariners tied the score 1-1 on Mitch Haniger's RBI double in the sixth.
Gonzales allowed four hits and one run while striking out three and walking one in his 8 1/3 innings.
Los Angeles starter Trevor Cahill pitched well, giving up just three hits and one run while striking out five and walking none in six innings.
The Mariners won two games against Oakland in Japan, then three of four against Boston and both games against the Angels at T-Mobile Park.
The only loss came on March 29, when the Mariners led Boston 6-1 at one point. Leading 6-4, the Mariners and then-closer Hunter Strickland gave up a three-run pinch-hit homer to Mitch Moreland in the 7-6 loss.
Strickland has since been put on the 60-day injured list (lat strain).
The Mariners now take their first true road trip, to play the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City. After an off day Wednesday, the series with the White Sox starts at 11 a.m. PT Thursday; Yusei Kikuchi pitches for Seattle opposite Reynaldo Lopez.
Another off day follows Friday, before the next two games of the series Saturday and Sunday.
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