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MLB: David Fletcher extends streak, Angels pound Mariners

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David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to 26 games with three doubles and five RBIs, and Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 quality innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-4 Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Taylor Ward added a single, double and home run, and Jack Mayfield also homered as Los Angeles evened the three-game series at a victory apiece.

Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning for the Mariners.

Cobb (7-3) allowed one run on five hits. The right-hander walked four and struck out six.

Fletcher doubled on the first pitch of the night from Seattle left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (6-5), then came up again in the second inning with two outs and the bases loaded. He hit a liner into left-center field that Mariners rookie center fielder Jarred Kelenic appeared to misjudge, the ball sailing over his head for a three-run double.

Fletcher’s streak broke a tie with Rod Carew for the second-longest in franchise history. Garret Anderson holds the record with hits in 28 straight games in 1998.

The Angels made it 4-0 in the third as Jose Iglesias and Ward hit back-to-back doubles with two outs.

Mayfield hit a solo shot to center with one out in the fourth to give the Angels a 5-0 advantage.

Seattle got on the board in the fifth. With one out, Dylan Moore and Shed Long Jr. singled and J.P. Crawford walked to load the bases. Haniger hit a sacrifice fly to right before Kyle Seager walked on four straight pitches to reload the bases. Cobb got out of the inning by getting Ty France to ground into a forceout.

Ward hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 7-1.

Fletcher added a two-run double in the eighth.

Kikuchi, the Mariners’ lone All-Star representative, was making his first start since being activated from the coronavirus-related injured list. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

–Field Level Media

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