SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Iannetta hit a two-run home run and David Freese added a two-run double as part of a six-run sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels entered the All-Star break in first place in the American League West after a 10-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
The Angels won for the 11th time in 14 games and leaped past Houston into the AL West lead for the first time since April 17 after the Astros lost their sixth straight on Sunday. The Angels took advantage of three errors by Seattle and knocked around starter Taijuan Walker (7-7) for his worst outing in two months.
Freese just missed a homer, doubling off the top of the wall to end Walker’s day in the sixth. Iannetta followed with his fifth homer of the season off reliever David Rollins to blow the game open.
Lost in the offensive outburst and Seattle’s fielding woes was fourth strong start from Angels’ lefty Andrew Heaney (3-0). Heaney pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits. In his four starts since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake this season, Heaney has not allowed more than two earned runs in any outing. He struck out six and walked only one, retiring 11 of the final 13 batters faced.
The Angels took a 2-0 lead helped by Robinson Cano’s fielding error that allowed Erick Aybar to score and Walker’s wild pitch that sent Freese home. A throwing error on left fielder Mark Trumbo allowed Mike Trout to score with two outs in the third inning. Trout later scored in the sixth on a throwing error by Walker that ignited the six-run inning for the Angels.
Seattle goes into the All-Star break seven games under .500 and having alternated wins and losses in its past 12 games. The defensive miscues were combined with another day where the Mariners lacked situational hitting with runners in scoring position. Seattle had runners at second and third in the second inning but Heaney struck out Logan Morrison and Mike Zunino to end the threat. In the fifth, Brad Miller and Austin Jackson put together consecutive two out hits but Cano struck out swinging wildly at a 3-2 slider out of the strike zone.
Seattle scored twice in the eighth on RBIs from Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager, and Seth Smith hit a pinch-hit solo homer leading off the ninth.
Angels’ pitcher Hector Santiago was added to the American League All-Star Game roster after Oakland’s Sonny Gray pitched on Sunday. It’s the first All-Star Game selection for Santiago.
U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe threw out the first pitch before the game. Rapinoe, who played for the Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL, was given a standing ovation and threw from the top of the pitching mound with a full wind up.
Angels: The Angels will open up after the All-Star break with a 10-game homestand starting against Boston.
Mariners: Seattle will next play on Friday in New York against the Yankees, part of a seven-game road trip.
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