Pujols HR, Suarez wins in debut, Angels rout Mariners 13-3

Pujols HR, Suarez wins in debut, Angels rout Mariners 13-3

Albert Pujols hit his 643rd career homer and drove in five runs, Jose Suarez won in his major league debut and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 13-3 on Sunday.

Called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday night, Suarez (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 21-year-old lefty became the youngest pitcher to start for the Angels since Tyler Chatwood in 2011.

Luis Rengifo hit his first career home run, a solo drive in the Angels sixth that landed above the Hit It Here Cafe in left field. Mike Trout and David Fletchereach had three hits for Los Angeles and Pujols got a two-run double on a flyball the Mariners lost in the sun.

Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the season for Seattle, ending Suarez’s outing, and also doubled.

Marco Gonzales (5-6) was tagged for 10 runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was the first pitcher in Mariners history to win five games before May, but is 0-6 with a 7.79 ERA in his last seven starts.

Pujols’ 11th homer this year, a three-run drive, capped a seven-run burst in the second inning. He also connected in Saturday’s 6-3 victory.

The Angels added five runs in the fifth for a 12-2 lead. Gonzales left with the bases loaded and two outs, and reliever Connor Sadzeck‘s second pitch bounced past catcher Omar Narvaez, allowing Tommy La Stella to score from third.

David Fletcher walked to re-load the bases and Trout hit a two-run single. Seager’s error at third bases loaded the bases once more for the Angels and Pujols hit a high fly that eluded center fielder Mallex Smith in the sun and bounced over the wall.


Angels: RHP John Curtiss was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday night to make room for Suarez. The Angels also requested unconditional release waivers on RHP Matt Ramsey, who had been designated for assignment.

Mariners: OF Braden Bishop was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill the roster spot of OF Jay Bruce, who was traded with cash to the Phillies for minor leaguer Jake Scheiner.


Angels: Trevor Cahill (2-5, 6.92) takes the mound for LA’s interleague pit stop in Chicago against the Cubs on Monday. It’s a make-up game for a snowout in April.

Mariners: Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 6.99) goes for his first win since April 7 when the Mariners face Houston on Monday.