ANAHEIM, California, USA (AP) – Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer and hit three times on his debut with the Angels, Albert Pujols hit the 657th homer of his career, and Los Angeles pitched Tuesday 10-2. to the Seattle Mariners.
Rendon’s home run to left field in the eighth inning drove in Mike Trout and capped an encouraging first game for the Angels at home. They added their second win after losing three of four at Oakland at the start of the reduced season.
Max Stassi hit a three-run homer, Shohei Ohtani had a long double tug, and Justin Upton drove in two touchdowns for the Angels, who won their first game of the year at their stadium for the second time in eight years.
Pujols’ solo home run to the left in the fifth episode – the first since his 40th birthday last winter – brings him closer to three by Willie Mays (660), who is fifth in the MLB’s historical rankings. The one who was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the National League three times has removed it from the park in 20 consecutive seasons in the majors.
Ryan Buchter (1-0) worked a perfect sixth inning for his first win with Los Angeles. The loss went to Justus Sheffield’s record (0-1) after admitting three hits and four runs in three episodes on the mound.
For the Angels, the Dominican Albert Pujols 4-2, with two runs scored and one RBI.