Albert Pujols Takes Over 9th On HR List

SEATTLE (AP)- Kole Calhoun wore down Taijuan Walker in one at-bat and the Mariners’ starter never recovered.

Calhoun and Albert Pujols both homered twice, Mike Trout also went deep, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 10-3 Saturday night.

Calhoun, Trout and Pujols hit consecutive home runs to lead a six-run first inning for the Angels against Walker and handed the Mariners their ninth loss in 11 games.

Calhoun’s first-inning homer capped a 13-pitch at-bat in which he fouled off seven full-count pitches.

“I was just trying to put a ball in play,” Calhoun said. “I just kind of got into a battle, and fouled off some tough pitches and got some pitches to hit. Definitely wasn’t trying to hit a home run. Just trying to put a ball in play and have a good at-bat, and it just kept going and going and going and going.”

Walker (4-10), who gave up six runs and six hits in just two-thirds of inning, hit Yunel Escobar on the hand with the first pitch and Calhoun sent a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall. Trout, who entered 8 for 10 in his career against Walker, then hit his 27th homer and Pujols followed with his shot to make it 4-0.

Andrelton Simmons had an RBI double and Carlos Perez added a run-scoring single to cap the inning.

“That’s as good as it gets,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It was a 13-pitch at-bat and it ended in a home run. Kole’s a grinder. He goes up there and he got a home run in a 13-pitch at-bat, which is tremendous.”

Tyler Skaggs (3-3) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings for Los Angeles, striking out seven and walking one.

Franklin Gutierrez answered in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer, his 13th.

“I’m happy our team scored all those runs, but at the same time it’s tough to sit there for 45 minutes and throw in the cage and then come out there,” Skaggs said. “I’m not complaining at all whatsoever, though. The offense was great tonight.”

Pujols’ 28th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second, gave him 588 for his career to move past Frank Robinson into ninth place on the all-time list.

“I don’t think about that,” Pujols said. “I was just glad to help our team win tonight and be able to contribute, especially after a tough loss last night.”

Trout had opened the inning with a triple off the glove of center fielder Leonys Martin.

Calhoun also had a solo shot, his 15th, in the third, and Jefry Marte’s added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 10-2.

Nelson Cruz hit his 34th homer to open the bottom half of the inning.

The three consecutive homers by the Angels was the first time since April 13, 2014, when Trout, Pujols and Raul Ibanez did it in the first inning against the Mets.

“That was the story of the game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais. “It was over before it really got started. Obviously, Taijuan did not have his best stuff tonight. The first pitch of the game, then the long at-bat to Calhoun that ends up with a home run, and then the home runs after.”

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