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Seattle hits three ninth-inning homers to make it close; Mariners open two-game set at San Diego on Tuesday

LA STELLAThe Seattle Mariners went down fighting Sunday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

With three wins already in the series, and a seven-run deficit, it would have been easy for the Mariners to pack it in. But, they hit three ninth-inning home runs to make it close, before Edwin Encarnacio popped out to end the game as the Los Angeles Angels won 8-6.

The Mariners (16-9) won three of the four games in the series with the Angels (9-13). Seattle has an off day Monday, before playing two games at San Diego; Erik Swanson (0-1, 3.38) pitches for Seattle in Tuesday's 7 p.m. game opposite Nick Margevicius (1-2, 3.60).

The Angels knocked around starter Mike Leake for six hits and four runs in six innings. Kevan Smith hit a two-run homer, and Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin each had a solo shot.

La Stella's second homer and Kole Calhoun's RBI double made it 8-1 in the eighth inning.

But, Tom Murphy hit a two-run homer, Dee Gordon a solo shot and then Mitch Haniger a two-run homer off Cody Allen to make the score 8-6 in the ninth inning. Luis Garcia forced Encarnacioun to pop out to end the game.

The Mariners lead the majors in many offensive categories, including with 56 home runs and 160 runs scored.

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