Jo Adell hit his first two major league home runs, Mike Trout drove in six and the Los Angeles Angels set a season high in runs as they routed the Seattle Mariners 16-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jo Adell hit his first two major league home runs, Mike Trout drove in six and the Los Angeles Angels set a season high in runs as they routed the Seattle Mariners 16-3 Saturday night.
Angels right-hander Dylan Bundy (4-2), a subject of speculation ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, returned to early season form after giving up four runs in each of his last two starts. He allowed only one run, four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. It was the fourth time in seven starts he has allowed one run or fewer.
The 21-year old Adell came into the game batting .175 and in the midst of a 4-for-28 slump. Justin Upton led off the second with a walk before Adell drove Justus Sheffield’s curveball an estimated 437 feet into the left field stands to give LA a 3-1 advantage.
“That is the sound of a power hitter right there. It was a loud crack and then I saw the flight and the replay,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.
Adell became the fifth player in franchise history to hit his first two big league homers in the same game when he lined one just over the wall in right-center to lead off the seventh and extend the lead to 7-1. Before Adell, the last Halos player to do it was Tom Brunansky in 1981.
“I’ve had my struggles but it was good to have a swing and a day like I had tonight,” Adell said. “I’ve really made a point over the past couple weeks of simplifying the swing. I’ve cut down a lot of the movement I had. I’m trying to slow everything down and make it more compact.”
It is the third time in Trout’s career he has had six or more RBIs in a game. The reigning AL MVP had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 14-1. Trout has homered in the first two games of the series and has 297 for his career. He also had a two-run double in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Trout leads the Majors with 32 RBIs and his 12 home runs are tied for third.
Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Anthony Rendon each drove in two for the Angels, who have their first three-game winning streak since July of 2019. Pujols had a two-run single in the fifth to make it 6-1.
Shed Long Jr. homered for Seattle in the ninth inning. Tim Lopes’ RBI double in the second evened it at 1. When Braden Bishop’s single drove in Dee Gordon in the eighth, the Mariners were down 14-2.
Sheffield (2-3) allowed six runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander also had four walks and six strikeouts. Mariners’ pitchers had 11 walks, including two with the bases loaded.
“The game got away from us and got ugly at the end. We struggled to make adjustments on Bundy,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We took a little bit of a step back tonight. We have to be in attack mode early in the count and we got behind.”
YOUTH GONE WILD
Adell is the fourth player to homer for the Angels before turning 22. The others are Trout, Dick Schofield and Brunansky.
Seattle’s Sam Haggerty did not have a hit for the first time this season. The left fielder came in batting .297 and had hit safely in his first nine games.
Lopes made the first pitching appearance of his career in the ninth. The Mariners’ designated hitter allowed two runs and two hits and walked one.
Mariners: 1B Evan White (right shoulder) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. Servais said White did some pregame workouts and could be ready to go on Sunday.
Angels: LHP Hoby Milner was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right back spasms. The move is retroactive to Wednesday. … INF Franklin Barreto, who was acquired from Oakland on Friday, is on the COVID-19 injured list while he completes testing protocols.
Mariners: Justin Dunn (2-1, 5.57 ERA) went six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in his last start on Aug. 23 against Houston. The right-hander has 0-1 mark with a 6.43 ERA in two previous starts vs. the Angels.
Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.88 ERA) has allowed three-or-fewer runs in four of his six starts this season.
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