SEATTLE ( Associated Press) – Ty France hit a two-run homer in the third inning, George Kirby scored six solid innings and the Seattle Mariners opened a doubleheader on Saturday to beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1.
France’s homer came with two outs against starter Jaime Barria (1-2) and erased a one-run lead that came from Mickey Moniac’s second innings RBI single.
The go-forward blast came a day after France struck a single in the ninth during a 4–3, 10-innings loss to the Angels. France has 14 homers in the season.
Barria, making his first start of the season, played 4 2/3 innings while allowing four walks with three hits, two earned runs and three strikeouts.
He was pulled into the side of right-hander Mike Meyers after loading the bases with back-to-back walks in the fifth. Meyers retired Eugenio Suarez on a pop-out to end the threat.
Kirby (3-3) pitched well after a bumpy second innings, scoring six hits, one run and making no moves with eight strikeouts.
Eric Swanson finished ninth for his third defense.
Mariners LHP Brennan Bernardino was added to the Mariners’ roster as the 27th man. Bernardino made his major league debut for the Mariners on July 31 in Houston after being kicked out of the Mexican League earlier this year.
RHP Oliver Ortega was the 27th man for the Angels.
Mariners: Off Mitch Hanniger (ankle) was back at the clubhouse before the first game on Saturday and could be activated in time for Game 2. Hanniger has been out since April 30 with a high right ankle sprain.
Angels: INF David Fletcher (foot) will play in Saturday’s Nightcap after sitting out the last two games with a foot injury.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexon (7-8, 3.73) will pitch the second game for Seattle. Flexon allowed three hits and two earned runs against the Astros in his last start on July 30.
Angels: LHP Reid Daters (3-3, 3.63) is on the mound for the Angels in the Nightcap. Detmers allowed just three hits and one earned run in seven innings against Texas on July 31.
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