Angels win 3rd in row over Mariners, 5-1 behind Rengifo

Luis Rengifo hit two homers for the second time in three games and the Angels won their third straight win over wildcard pursuers Seattle Mariners 5-1.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Luis Rengifo hit two homers for the second time in three games, Livan Soto went deep for the first time and the Los Angeles Angels won their third straight win over wildcard pursuit Seattle Mariners, 5- 1 on Sunday.

The Mariners (80-64), seeking their first appearance in the playoffs since 2001, the longest losing streak in the major leagues, saw their lead for third and final AL wildcard spot by four games against Baltimore (76-69 ) shrunk.

Toronto (83-64) and Tampa Bay (82-64) hold the top two wild card spots.

Los Angeles won Seattle’s season series 10-8. The teams play again on Monday.

After his first multihomer game on Friday, Rengifo has gone deep four times in the series and 15 times this season.

“I can’t believe it,” Rengifo said. “I’m not trying to hit a homer, I’m just trying to hit the ball and the ball carries. I’m so happy about it.”

He hit his first career leadoff homer, a drive ahead of Marco Gonzales (10-14), and broke a 1-1 tie in the third with a two-run drive that followed Soto’s single for his first major league hit .

“Marco is a pretty good pitcher. Just try to stay aggressive towards him,” Rengifo said. “The only thing I can control is swinging the racquet and hitting the ball. See it, hit it.”

Soto went 2 for 3 on his first start, a day after he competed as a pinch runner and was grounded on his debut.

Adam Frazier hit a tied single in the second after Dylan Moore’s two-out double.

Soto, who was first called up on Saturday when David Fletcher was put on the injured list, gave the Angels a 5-1 lead in the seventh with a two-run homer down the right field line.

“Everyone dreams of moving up to the big leagues and scoring the first goal, so nerves calmed down a bit,” Soto said through an interpreter. “Then I got the homer and ran the bases and my legs were shaking.”

Reid Detmers (6-5) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, and three assists finished a six-hitter.

“We knew coming into this series that the Angels are one of the more aggressive teams in the league when it comes to throwing speed, certainly the breaking ball,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “We didn’t get used to it very well. We saw it from some of their pitchers. Last night it was (Shohei) Ohtani, today it was Detmers, obviously with a different look.”

Gonzales (10-14) gave up five runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He was conceding three home runs for the fourth time this season.


Mariners: OF Julio Rodríguez missed his second straight game due to lower back strains. “I just feel like a few days of rest is the best thing for that, especially right now,” Rodriguez said. “It’s better to be careful with it.” …OF Mitch Haniger went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts after missing four straight games with lower back tightness.

Angels: RHP Archie Bradley (elbow) threw a second straight inning without a goal during a rehab session at Triple-A Salt Lake.


Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (12-6, 3.19 ERA) gave up a 17-inning run from three September starts.

Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (6-6, 3.77) has a 2.30 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings against Seattle this season. Angels win 3rd in row over Mariners, 5-1 behind Rengifo

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