ANAHEIM (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit a solo tie-breaking homer and Justin Upton hit a three-run shot as the Los Angeles Angels avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Upton homered with two out and two on in the third inning off starter Marco Gonzales.READ MORE: Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award Nominees Announced
The homer was Upton’s 30th of the season and marked his third consecutive season of at least 30 home runs. Upton hit two homers last night. He’s hit round trippers in three of his last four games.
Shohei Ohtani appeared to be limping as he jogged off the field in the eighth inning after he slid awkwardly into second base and was caught stealing.
Ty Buttrey struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his third save.
Seattle’s Daniel Vogelbach hit a first-pitch, two-run homer off starter Jaime Barria to tie the game at 3-all in the fourth inning.
Barria allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He was not involved in the decision.
Starter Marco Gonzales, who was 5-0 in his five previous starts against the Angels this season, was not involved in the decision, either. Gonzales allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Second baseman David Fletcher left the game with a left hamstring strain in the first inning. He hit a double to left and just before he got to first, he did a stutter step and appeared to suffer the injury before he got to the bag. He jogged to second base. Manager Mike Scioscia and a trainer went to check on him, and he was taken out of the game after a quick conversation.READ MORE: Clippers Barely Hold Off Celtics To Seal Victory, 114-111
The Angels Mike Trout was given a rare day off Sunday.
Mitch Haniger hit a run-scoring double and was 2-for-4 for Seattle.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (pneumonia) was to will play long toss Sunday in Seattle, and if all goes well he’s expected to join the team in Houston on Monday. … RHP Felix Hernandez (hamstring) is still in Seattle, but is expected to join the team on the road trip.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain) was scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Sunday in an attempt to start again before the regular season ends Sept. 30.
Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-4, 3.56) will start Monday in Houston. The Mariners are 15-9 when he starts, but he’s 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA in nine career appearances against the Astros.
Angels: RHP Felix Pena (3-4, 3.75) will start Tuesday in Oakland. Pena threw six scoreless innings to earn a win against Texas. He is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two career games (one start) against Oakland.MORE NEWS: Pasadena Prepares For Rose Parade Festivities Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases
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