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Garrett Richards Comes Back With a Vengeance
By Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)
Angels starter Garrett Richards was absolutely sensational on the mound in his return from a hamstring injury in Seattle against the Mariners. Richards struck out eight in 5 1/2 innings of work that propelled the Halos to a 7-4 victory that snapped the Mariners eight game winning streak.
"I felt good," Richards told the media. "Just tried to execute pitches. Tried to just stay pitch to pitch. Hamstring felt good. Everything felt good. We got a win, so that's obviously most important. It's a good one to build off of.”
The only low light of the game for Richards is when he allowed back-to-back homers to Mariners' Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy in the second inning. Richards sat down10 of the next 11 hitters he faced after the pair of homers.
The Halos' bats were red hot and saw offensive production from Kole Calhoun, who had three hits and drove in three runs. Calhoun had a huge homer in the sixth inning that gave Los Angeles a 6-2 lead. Since his return from the DL on June 18, Calhoun is batting .306 with four homers.
"Kole did his job today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said post game. "That's what we need from the guys at the top of the order. It gave us a lot of opportunities today."
Shohei Ohtani drove in two hits and scored two runs, and Luis Valbuena drove in two runs for the Halos.
Seattle blew opportunities to score, in the seventh inning after Dee Gordon and Denard Span struck out, Jean Segura connected on a hit that looked like it might drop and score two runs, but Angels second baseman David Fletcher made a swift catch that ended the inning.
Blake Parker picked up his 10th save of the season for the Angels.
The Angels face the Mariners in the rubber game on Thursday, before returning home to a hot Angel Stadium for a weekend Freeway Series matchup against the Dodgers.