The Mariners’ Jose Marmolejos (right) hits a three-run home run as Angels catcher Max Stassi watches during the first inning of a game July 30, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Mariners’ Jose Marmolejos (right) hits a three-run home run as Angels catcher Max Stassi watches during the first inning of a game July 30, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Marmolejos, Gonzales lead Mariners over Angels

The rookie launches his first-career homer to back a solid outing by Seattle’s ace in an 8-5 victory.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — José Marmolejos and Shed Long Jr. homered, Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Thursday night.

Marmolejos hit first big-league homer, a three-run shot in the first inning. J.P. Crawford led off the game with a single, Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and Marmolejos, a rookie first baseman, sent a fastball from Dylan Bundy (1-1) into the elevated stands in right field.

Marmolejos came into the game with just two hits in his first 18 at-bats.

Long Jr. had two hits. The Mariners led 3-2 when he opened a five-run ninth by hitting Hansel Robles’ fastball over the wall in right. Crawford and Kyle Lewis each had two-run singles in the frame.

Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer off Dan Altavilla in the Angels ninth. Ohtani’s 42nd home run in the majors tied him with Kosuke Fukudome for fifth-most by a Japanese-born player.

Gonzales (1-1) provided a lift for a Mariners’ pitching staff that had allowed seven runs or more in their first six games. The left-hander allowed only two unearned runs in 6.1 innings on six hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

His only mistake came in the fifth inning, when he hung a curveball that Matt Stassi hit off the right-field foul pole for a two-run homer.

Gonzales also continued his mastery of the the Angels in their home ballpark. He is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts at Angel Stadium.

The Mariners dropped four of their first five to start the season but have won two straight.

Brian Goodwin added two hits for Los Angeles, which has lost four of its last five after splitting its first two games.

Trout out of lineup

Angels star outfielder Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list before the game.

The reigning AL Most Valuable Player and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child. Trout, who turns 29 on Aug. 7, initially expressed reservations about playing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic when players started summer camp workouts, but was pleased with how the Angels were trying to keep players healthy.

Still streaking

Lewis extended his hitting streak to seven games to begin the season and has five straight multihit contests. He is batting .448 this year, including 11 for 22 with five RBI in the past five games.

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