Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to break a tie as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the host Mariners 6-3 Saturday.
Albert Pujols also hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout added a solo shot for the Angels, who have won six of their past eight games.
Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs for Seattle, which has lost 10 of its past 12 games.
Mariners right-hander Brandon Brennan (2-3) took the loss, despite lefty Roenis Elias allowing Calhoun’s go-ahead home run.
After Los Angeles’ Cesar Puello led off the eighth with an infield single, Elias was brought in to replace Brennan. Tommy La Stella lined a single to right before Jonathan Lucroy grounded into a double play, sending Puello to third. Calhoun then hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center field to snap a 3-3 tie.
The Angels took a 3-0 lead through three innings against Mariners left-hander Tommy Milone.
The Mariners got on the board in the fourth on Encarnacion’s solo homer to left field.
Seattle tied it at 3-3 in the sixth. With one out, Mitch Haniger lined a single to left and Encarnacion followed with a two-run shot to center.
The M’s are reportedly in talks to trade OF Jay Bruce, who hit his 300th career home run Friday in a victory against the Angels, to the Philadelphia Phillies. Bruce, hitting .212 with 14 HRs and 28 RBIs this season, wasn’t in the starting lineup Saturday.
By the numbers
395: Number of career home runs by Encarnacion. With two Saturday, he broke a tie with former Angels standout Jim Edmonds for 60th place in major league history.
Our take from Right Field
M’s fans got to enjoy a pair of parrot sightings, with Encarnacion circling the bases both times with his right arm perched. Cue the Monty Python sketch.
The M’s conclude their four-game series against the Angels at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Marco Gonzales (5-5, 3.96) is scheduled to pitch for the Mariners, while the Angels have not yet announced their starter.
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