Mariners end opening road trip on high note
All things considered — a young team, starting on the road, for instance — it hasn't been too shabby of a start for the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners closed out their opening, seven-game road trip of the 60-game baseball season with two wins at the Los Angeles Angels, winning 8-5 Thursday at Angel Stadium.
Jose Marmolejos, a 27-year-old rookie, hit his first career homer, a three-run shot off Dylan Bundy to give Seattle a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and Shed Long Jr. also homered to highlight a five-run ninth inning that stretched Seattle's lead to 8-2. J.P. Crawford and Kyle Lewis had two-run singles in the ninth.
Starter Marco Gonzales pitched well. He allowed three hits and two runs (Max Stassi two-run homer) while striking out six and walking one in 6 1/3 innings.
Long also doubled. Lewis had two more hits, and he's hitting .448 through seven games.
Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer off Seattle reliever Dan Altavilla in the ninth inning.
Seattle (3-4) lost three of four games at Houston and then the opening game at L.A. before winning the past two.
The Mariners now will enjoy their opening homestand at T-Mobile Park, starting 6:40 p.m. Friday against Oakland. Taijuan Walker pitches for Seattle opposite Sean Manaea. Seattle plays four games against Oakland and three each against the L.A. Angels and Colorado.
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