Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mariners hold on against Angels, win 4th straight

Julio Rodriguez homers and Seattle wins 4-3.

  • By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 6:57am
  • SportsMariners

By Joe Reedy / Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Julio Rodríguez homered and scored twice, Eugenio Suárez had three hits and an RBI, and Seattle defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Friday night despite Mike Trout’s sixth home run against the Mariners this season.

Jesse Winker also had four hits as Seattle won its fourth straight. Chris Flexen (3-8) went five-plus innings to record his first victory since May 27.

Rodriguez lined a curveball from Oliver Ortega just inside the foul pole in left field with one out in the fourth for a solo shot to extend Seattle’s lead to 3-0. He scored the Mariners’ first run on a single by Suarez off Michael Lorenzen (6-5) in the first.

Suarez had two doubles and gave Seattle a 4-1 advantage in the sixth when he came home on Taylor Trammell’s hit.

Paul Sewald retired the Angels in order in the ninth for his sixth save in eight opportunities.

Luis Rengifo also had two hits for the Angels, who have dropped three of their past four.

Trout, who went deep five times in last weekend’s five-game series in Seattle, connected on a 93 mph fastball from Flexen and put it over the wall in center field in the fourth inning to bring the Angels within 3-1.

Trout has 22 home runs this season, which is tied for second in the majors. It was also the 53rd of his career against Seattle, which moved him past Rafael Palmeiro for most against the Mariners.

Trout added an RBI triple in the sixth inning when rookie center fielder Rodriguez misread the liner and had it go over his head before it rolled to the wall. He scored on Shohei Ohtani’s grounder to pull the Angels within a run.

FOR STARTERS

Flexen allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. It was the first time in 13 games a Seattle starter has allowed more than two runs.

Lorenzen labored for three innings. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits and also walked four. He had five strikeouts but faced 18 batters. It is the first time in nine years a Halos’ starter has thrown at least 85 pitches in the first three innings.

CENTURY MARK

Trout has 100 career extra-base hits against Seattle (36 doubles, 11 triples, 53 home runs), which is the most against the Mariners. Palmeiro and Trout were tied with 98 going into Friday.

WALK THIS WAY

Trout drew his 112th career intentional walk in the eighth inning, which ties him with Vladimir Guerrero for the most in franchise history.

LOTS OF TRAFFIC

The Mariners didn’t go down in order all night and left 16 runners on base. The last time they stranded that many was Sept. 18, 2012, against Baltimore.

Seattle, which was 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position, left the bases loaded in the third and eighth innings.

A BIT OF REVENGE

Justin Upton, who was released in spring training after four-plus seasons with the Angels, had an RBI single in the third inning to extend Seattle’s lead to 2-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 1B Ty France underwent an MRI on his left arm. He was out of the lineup after being involved in a collision during Thursday’s game at Oakland. France was taking the throw at the bag when he collided with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (7-3, 2.28 ERA) is fourth in the AL and seventh in the majors in ERA.

Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.70 ERA) allowed one run on four hits in six innings against the Mariners last Saturday.

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