ANAHEIM, Calif. — José Marmolejos and Shed Long Jr. homered, Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Thursday night.
Marmolejos hit first big league homer, a three-run shot in the first inning. J.P. Crawford led off the game with a single, Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and Marmo-lejos, a rookie first baseman, sent a fastball from Dylan Bundy (1-1) into the elevated stands in right field.
Marmolejos came into the game with only two hits in his first 18 at-bats.
Long Jr. had two hits. The Mariners led 3-2 when he opened a five-run ninth by hitting Hansel Robles’ fastball over the wall in right. Crawford and Kyle Lewis each had two-run singles in the frame.
Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer off Dan Altavilla in the Angels ninth. Ohtani’s 42nd home run in the majors tied him with Kosuke Fukudome for fifth-most by a Japanese-born player.
Gonzales (1-1) provided a lift for a Mariners’ pitching staff that had allowed seven runs or more in their first six games. The left-hander allowed only two unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings on six hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
His only mistake came in the fifth inning, when he hung a curveball that Matt Stassi hit off the right-field foul pole for a two-run homer.
Gonzales also continued his mastery of the the Angels in their home ballpark. He is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts at Angel Stadium.
The Mariners dropped four of their first five to start the season but have won two straight.
Brian Goodwin added two hits for Los Angeles, which has lost four of its last five after splitting its first two games.
Lewis extended his hitting streak to seven games to begin the season and has five straight multihit contests. He is batting .448 this year, including 11 for 22 with five RBIs in the last five games.
Bundy settled down after Marmolejos’ homer and allowed only two hits the rest of his night. He retired nine straight at one point.
The right-hander — who was acquired from Baltimore during the offseason — went six innings and allowed three runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. He is the first Angels’ pitcher since Jered Weaver in 2012 to go at least six innings and have seven or more strikeouts in his first two season starts.