Detmers, Moniak, Fletcher help Angels split DH with Mariners

Flexen (7-9) pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs with six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

SEATTLE (AP) — Reid Detmers threw seven straight innings, Mickey Moniak hit his second home run in three days and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-1 for a double-header split on Saturday night.

David Fletcher homed and drove in three runs for the Angels, who lost the first set 2-1 when Ty France hit a two-run homer and George Kirby hit eight over six innings for Seattle.

At the nightcap, Taylor Ward started in the third with an RBI double driving from first base into the fast Magneuris Sierra. Ward came home later in the inning at Max Stassi’s single.

Moniak launched a solo shot in the fourth and made it 3-0 with his third major league homer.

Moniak, the top pick in the 2016 amateur draft, was acquired by Philadelphia in a deal Tuesday for pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The 24-year-old fielder also went deep against Oakland on Thursday, but started the day as a .131 career hitter in 99 at-bats over 50 big league games.

Luis Torrens put the Mariners in fifth with a home run down right center against Detmers, his first of the season.

Detmers (4-3) was dominant early on, allowing just one hit in four innings. After the hiccup in the fifth, Detmers made room again. He allowed a total of six hits and struck seven.

Fletcher extended the Angels’ lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer from starter Chris Flexen in the sixth.

Flexen (7-9) pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs with six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Mariners reliever Matt Brash threw for a scoreless seventh, but left-hander Brennan Bernardino allowed two runs in the ninth — one on an RBI single from Fletcher, the other on a base-loaded sacrificial fly from Shohei Ohtani.

In the first game, Moniak gave the Angels a one-run lead with an RBI single in the second, but France’s third-inning homer in the left bullpen finally put the Mariners ahead. The starting shot was France’s 14th homer of the season and his 300th goal with the Mariners.

“Being able to pull a hanging slider just shows I was on time for a fastball,” France said. “That’s the biggest key. When I get to a fastball on time, I’m in a good place and feel like I’m getting there again.

Kirby (3-3) won while Jaime Barria (1-2) was marked with the loss. Erik Swanson threw ninth place for his third save.

It was Kirby’s second win since being recalled by Triple-A Tacoma on July 23. The Mariners picked him on July 9 to limit the rookie’s workload.

“He looked great,” said Seattle coach Scott Servais. “After we shut him down and gave him a little breather, he came back and threw very well. The bike is still there, the secondary stuff is there and he looked strong. This is exactly what we need from him for the future.”

Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger (ankle) was activated off the 60-day injured list ahead of game two and placed 3rd on the lineup. Haniger has been absent since suffering a serious sprained ankle against Miami on April 29. In a related move, INF Abraham Toro was selected for Tacoma.

Angels: LHP Tucker Davidson (1-2, 6.46 ERA) starts Sunday after being drafted in from Atlanta at Tuesday’s close. Davidson has allowed 11 earned runs, 15 hits and 13 walks in 15 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts this season.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (6-11, 3.95) gave up six earned runs and nine hits Monday at Yankee Stadium.

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Emma Bowman

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