Mariners hold on to beat Angels 5-3 despite Ohtani blast

J-Rod is the only player, along with Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, to have homed in two straight games for the Mariners at age 21 or younger

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cal Raleigh had three hits, Kevin Padlo hit a single with two runs and bases in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners thumped a monstrous home run by Shohei Ohtani to rally for a 5-3 win about the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

Julio Rodriguez went deep for the second straight night for the Mariners, who have won a season-high five straight games.

Ohtani smashed a 462-foot homer from a 96.8-mile fastball by Logan Gilbert (8-3) in the third to keep him at 1. According to Statcast, the 118-mile exit speed made it the hardest-hit HR of Ohtani’s five years as mayor. It’s the fourth-longest AL MVP with 109 homers since he came to the United States in 2018.

With two outs in the ninth, Ohtani came up with runners in first and second but turned on right fielder Taylor Trammell to end the game and give Erik Swanson his first save of the season.

Kurt Suzuki also had a solo shot in the fourth for the Angels, who lost four of five on their homestand. They also lost two straight to the Mariners after winning four of five games in Seattle last weekend.

Rodriguez made Angels starter Patrick Sandoval pay for leaving a slider in the zone with a solo shot to keep two batsmen in the game and give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners would fall behind before rallying for three runs in the sixth. Angels third baseman Taylor Wade booted a grounder from Rodriguez to load the bases with an out.

Eugenio Suarez was beaten by Archie Bradley (0-1) before being replaced by Jose Quijada. Jesse Winker pulled a walk to level it before Padlo’s base hit to the right sent Seattle 4-2 up.

Pinch-hitter David MacKinnon had an RBI single to pull the Halos within a run in the sixth before the Mariners responded with Dylan Moore’s sacrificial fly in the seventh.

Gilbert, who is sixth in the AL with a 2.44 ERA, was close to making his eighth consecutive quality start. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts.

Sandoval struggled with control issues throughout the night but only allowed one run in five innings. The left-hander gave up eight hits but knocked out six, including two with loaded bases.

Rodriguez is the only player, along with Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, to have homed in two straight games for the Mariners at age 21 or younger. Julio Rodriguez, who hit five of his 11 homers in June, turned 21 last December.

The Mariners didn’t go down sequentially until the ninth inning, being 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 runners on base.

In the last two games, Seattle has stranded 28 and is 5-31 with runners in goal position.

Mariners: 1B Ty France put on 10-day injured list due to left elbow sprain. 2B Adam Frazier got the night off.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (4-7, 3.33 ERA) allowed two runs in seven innings to take the win last Tuesday in Oakland.

Angels: Manager Phil Nevin hasn’t named an official starter.

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