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France hit 2-run HR, Kirby sharp as Mariners beat Angels 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) — Ty France hit a two-run homer in the third inning, George Kirby threw six solid innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Saturday to open a doubleheader.

The French circuit came with two outs against starter Jaime Barria (1-2) and erased a one-run lead that came from Mickey Moniak’s RBI single in the second inning.

The go-ahead came a day after France hit an equalizer in the ninth in a 4-3 10-inning loss to the Angels. France has 14 circuits this season.

Barria, making his first start of the season, went 4 2/3 innings while allowing three hits, two earned runs and four walks with three strikeouts.

He was drawn in favor of right-hander Mike Mayers after loading the bases with back-to-back walks at fifth. Mayers retired Eugenio Suarez on a pop-out to end the threat.

Kirby (3-3) pitched well after a bumpy second inning, allowing six hits, one earned run and no walks with eight strikeouts.

Erik Swanson pitched the ninth for his third save.


Mariners LHP Brennan Bernardino has been added to the roster as the Mariners’ 27th man. Bernardino made his major league debut for the Mariners on July 31 in Houston after being signed earlier this year outside of the Mexican League.

RHP Oliver Ortega was the Angels’ 27th man.


Mariners: DE Mitch Haniger (ankle) was back at the clubhouse ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 and could be activated in time for Game 2. Haniger has been out since April 30 with a sprained right ankle.

Angels: INF David Fletcher (foot) will play in Saturday’s nightcap after sitting out the last two games with a foot injury.


Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (7-8, 3.73) will kick off Game 2 for Seattle. Flexen allowed three hits and two earned runs against the Astros in his last start on July 30.

Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (3-3, 3.63) is on the mound for the Angels in the nightcap. Detmers allowed just three hits and one earned run in seven innings on July 31 against Texas.


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