Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, the latter the 400th of his career, as the Mariners defeated the host Los Angeles Angels 9-3 Sunday afternoon.
Encarnacion is the 56th player in major league history to reach the milestone.
Tom Murphy also homered twice and Daniel Vogelbach and Kyle Seager added solo shots for the Mariners, who took two of three games in the series.
The Mariners used an opener for the third time this season, with right-hander Austin Adams pitching a perfect first inning – striking out both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (3-2) entered in the second and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
With six homers Sunday, the M’s have 126 this season. That surpassed the Minnesota Twins (125) for the most in the majors. … The M’s won a series for the first time since taking both games of a two-game set with Oakland on May 13-14. They had lost their past seven series entering the weekend.
By the numbers
3: Number of active major leaguers with 400 home runs after Encarnacion reached the milestone Sunday. The others are Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.
Our take from Right Field
Jay Bruce got traded just after hitting career homer No. 300, so can Encarnacion be far behind after No. 400?
The M’s have Monday off before opening a three-game series Tuesday in Minnesota. RHP Mike Leake (5-6, 4.30 ERA) is scheduled to start for the M’s, while the Twins have yet to announce their rotation for the series.
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