Pujols hits 630th HR, ties Griffey for 6th; Angels rout M's

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) On a night when Albert Pujols moved up the career home run ladder, rookie teammate David Fletcher grabbed onto the bottom rung.

Pujols hit two home runs to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place with 630, and Fletcher connected for his first in the majors as the Los Angeles Angels romped to an 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Pujols rarely talks about personal achievements. But matching Griffey, a former Mariners star, had him feeling an extra sense of pride.

''Griffey was everybody's hero growing up and that's how I look at it,'' Pujols said. ''I know I am a right-handed hitter, but everybody wanted to have that sweet swing. For me, I got a chance to become pretty good friends with him. ... It's just really special to tie a legend and against a team that he came up with in the big leagues.''

Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, who took two of three in the series. Tyler Skaggs pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list.

Mariners starter James Paxton left in the first inning with lower back stiffness.

Pujols hit a two-run shot in the first and a solo drive in the sixth. He also had three hits to pass ex-Angel Rod Carew and move into a tie for 25th all-time with Rickey Henderson at 3,055.

It was the 50th multihomer game for Pujols, who has 16 home runs this season. He went back-to-back with Upton in the sixth.

Paxton (8-4) exited after Pujols connected for the first time. The left-hander gave up three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning, throwing just 17 pitches in his final start of the first half.

The injury is not believed to be serious, but the Mariners could put Paxton on the disabled list to add a player to the roster for this weekend's interleague series at Colorado.

''Going out in the first inning, you can tell right from the get-go that he was not right,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''He wanted to give it a go and try to battle through it but you could see that it was not the typical James Paxton.''

Skaggs (7-5), who missed nine games with a hamstring strain, gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk. The left-hander has allowed one earned or less in six consecutive outings, the longest such streak from an Angels starter since George Brunet in 1968.

''This is the best I have ever thrown the ball in my career so I'm going to take it one day at a time, one step at a time,'' Skaggs said. ''I'm extremely proud of (the one-run streak). As a starting pitcher, that's all you ask for.''

Fletcher hit the Angels' third leadoff home run this season. Ian Kinsler had the other two.

''Fletch is doing a good job since we called him up and he has been a spark in our lineup,'' Pujols said. ''He has done a great job and has played an unbelievable third base. It's really special for him to grow up in this area, go to school just down the street.''

Upton's home run was his 18th and it gave Los Angeles an 8-1 lead in the sixth.

The Angels have won three of their past four series. The one they lost was last weekend in Seattle. The Angels had lost five of their last six against the Mariners before this series began.

NO AVERAGE JOE

Mike Trout scored three runs and stole a base, joining Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1974) as the only players to compile 100 hits, 80 walks and 15 steals before the All-Star break.

It was not only Trout's third three-run game of the season, his walk gave him a major league-leading 81 on the season. The previous Angels record in a first half was 62.

Trout's 81 walks are the most before the All-Star break since Frank Thomas had 84 for the Chicago White Sox in 1994.

ROMINE PITCHES IN

Mariners infielder Andrew Romine entered as a pitcher in the eighth to face his former team and the right-hander retired Trout (fly ball) and Pujols (grounder) before giving up a two-run single to Kinsler, who had three hits.

It was Romine's fifth appearance as a pitcher. He took the mound four times for the Detroit Tigers, including two scoreless appearances last season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (bruised left calf) was getting treatment after he was hit by a comebacker Wednesday, and Servais said the 10-game winner will be pushed to the back half of the rotation after next week's All-Star break. ... RHP Felix Hernandez (lower back stiffness) will come off the disabled list next week and pitch at the front of the rotation when the second half of the season begins.

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards has elected Tommy John surgery over a conservative treatment option for his damaged ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the remainder of the season. ... OF Chris Young (left hamstring strain) was given a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection but has not started baseball activity after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list July 4.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman, who threw seven scoreless innings May 16 in his only major league appearance this season, will be recalled Friday to start the series opener at Colorado.

Angels: One week after recording a career-best eight strikeouts against the Dodgers at home, right-hander Felix Pena (1-0, 3.63 ERA) will get another crack at them Friday in Los Angeles.

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  • W: T. Skaggs (7-5)L: J. Paxton (8-4)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols 2 (16), J. Upton (18), D. Fletcher (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Gordon 2B51200003.285.305.352.6563.0
J. Segura SS30000002.326.355.465.8200.0
B. Gamel RF10100000.277.350.379.7291.0
M. Haniger RF30000021.272.358.496.853-1.0
G. Beckham SS10000001.200.263.229.4920.0
N. Cruz DH30100110.266.363.538.9011.5
K. Seager 3B40110011.236.286.431.7171.5
R. Healy 1B40100022.241.270.456.7260.0
D. Span LF31200101.270.360.430.7904.0
G. Heredia CF30110001.232.322.320.6424.0
D. Freitas C40000013.205.284.301.585-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fletcher 3B51211011.273.314.379.6936.5
    A. Simmons SS42100102.311.371.437.8084.0
    M. Trout CF33100103.314.457.6181.0758.0
    J. Upton LF41231022.249.338.438.77510.0
    M. Hermosillo LF11100000.154.214.205.4192.0
    A. Pujols DH42332100.251.291.432.72315.0
    I. Kinsler 2B50330002.218.279.372.6506.0
    J. Marte 1B01000000.242.296.407.7032.0
    a- L. Valbuena PH-1B40000016.208.252.351.603-0.5
    M. Maldonado C40100004.241.300.359.6591.0
    K. Calhoun RF30110010.180.229.278.5071.5
    • a-lined out for Marte in the 3rd
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Heredia (10)
    • RBI - K. Seager (55), G. Heredia (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (21)
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Fletcher, J. Upton (18), A. Pujols 2 (16)
    • SF - K. Calhoun (4)
    • RBI - D. Fletcher (7), J. Upton 3 (51), A. Pujols 3 (52), I. Kinsler 3 (26), K. Calhoun (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton 3 (21), A. Pujols 3 (26), I. Kinsler 2 (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Trout (15), J. Upton (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Beckham-Gordon-Healy)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Kinsler-Marte; Fletcher-Kinsler-Valbuena)
    • E - T. Skaggs (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (L, 8-4)0.23330123.701.09-10.5
    C. Bradford2.13111002.721.071.0
    N. Vincent1.00000203.951.324.0
    J. Nicasio1.02111206.171.400.0
    N. Rumbelow1.04440027.841.65-5.0
    R. Elias1.01000002.451.152.0
    A. Romine1.022210018.003.00-2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (W, 7-5)6.05111502.571.2023.5
    N. Ramirez1.00001104.331.292.5
    O. Drake2.04110107.541.901.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (W, 7-5)6.0
    N. Ramirez1.0
    O. Drake2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Romine
    • HBP - C. Bradford (3), N. Rumbelow
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 17-12, C. Bradford 39-26, N. Vincent 15-10, J. Nicasio 21-12, N. Rumbelow 21-14, R. Elias 13-7, A. Romine 30-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bradford 1-6, J. Nicasio 1-0, N. Rumbelow 1-2, R. Elias 2-0, A. Romine 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 5, C. Bradford 12, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 6, N. Rumbelow 8, R. Elias 3, A. Romine 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Ramirez (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 80-54, N. Ramirez 19-10, O. Drake 32-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 7-5, N. Ramirez 1-1, O. Drake 3-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, N. Ramirez 5, O. Drake 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B51200003.285.305.352.6563.0
    J. Segura SS30000002.326.355.465.8200.0
    B. Gamel RF10100000.277.350.379.7291.0
    M. Haniger RF30000021.272.358.496.853-1.0
    G. Beckham SS10000001.200.263.229.4920.0
    N. Cruz DH30100110.266.363.538.9011.5
    K. Seager 3B40110011.236.286.431.7171.5
    R. Healy 1B40100022.241.270.456.7260.0
    D. Span LF31200101.270.360.430.7904.0
    G. Heredia CF30110001.232.322.320.6424.0
    D. Freitas C40000013.205.284.301.585-0.5
    Total3429202715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher 3B51211011.273.314.379.6936.5
      A. Simmons SS42100102.311.371.437.8084.0
      M. Trout CF33100103.314.457.6181.0758.0
      J. Upton LF41231022.249.338.438.77510.0
      M. Hermosillo LF11100000.154.214.205.4192.0
      A. Pujols DH42332100.251.291.432.72315.0
      I. Kinsler 2B50330002.218.279.372.6506.0
      J. Marte 1B01000000.242.296.407.7032.0
      a- L. Valbuena PH-1B40000016.208.252.351.603-0.5
      M. Maldonado C40100004.241.300.359.6591.0
      K. Calhoun RF30110010.180.229.278.5071.5
      Total3711151143520-----
      • a-lined out for Marte in the 3rd
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Heredia (10)
      • RBI - K. Seager (55), G. Heredia (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (21)
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Fletcher, J. Upton (18), A. Pujols 2 (16)
      • SF - K. Calhoun (4)
      • RBI - D. Fletcher (7), J. Upton 3 (51), A. Pujols 3 (52), I. Kinsler 3 (26), K. Calhoun (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton 3 (21), A. Pujols 3 (26), I. Kinsler 2 (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Trout (15), J. Upton (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Beckham-Gordon-Healy)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kinsler-Marte; Fletcher-Kinsler-Valbuena)
      • E - T. Skaggs (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (L, 8-4)0.23330123.701.09-10.5
      C. Bradford2.13111002.721.071.0
      N. Vincent1.00000203.951.324.0
      J. Nicasio1.02111206.171.400.0
      N. Rumbelow1.04440027.841.65-5.0
      R. Elias1.01000002.451.152.0
      A. Romine1.022210018.003.00-2.0
      Total8.0151111354---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (L, 8-4)0.2
      C. Bradford2.1
      N. Vincent1.0
      J. Nicasio1.0
      N. Rumbelow1.0
      R. Elias1.0
      A. Romine1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (W, 7-5)6.05111502.571.2023.5
      N. Ramirez1.00001104.331.292.5
      O. Drake2.04110107.541.901.5
      Total9.0922270---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (W, 7-5)6.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      O. Drake2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Romine
      • HBP - C. Bradford (3), N. Rumbelow
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 17-12, C. Bradford 39-26, N. Vincent 15-10, J. Nicasio 21-12, N. Rumbelow 21-14, R. Elias 13-7, A. Romine 30-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bradford 1-6, J. Nicasio 1-0, N. Rumbelow 1-2, R. Elias 2-0, A. Romine 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 5, C. Bradford 12, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 6, N. Rumbelow 8, R. Elias 3, A. Romine 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Ramirez (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 80-54, N. Ramirez 19-10, O. Drake 32-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 7-5, N. Ramirez 1-1, O. Drake 3-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, N. Ramirez 5, O. Drake 9
      • 9TH INNING
        Heredia doubled to left, Span scored211
      • 8TH INNING
        Kinsler singled to left, Simmons and Hermosillo scored111
      • 6TH INNING
        Pujols homered to left19
        Upton homered to right center, Simmons and Trout scored18
      • 5TH INNING
        Kinsler singled to center, Trout scored, Pujols to second15
      • 2ND INNING
        Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to center, Marte scored14
      • 1ST INNING
        Pujols homered to right center, Trout scored13
        Fletcher homered to left11
        Seager singled to right, Gordon scored, Cruz to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • O. Drake Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Healy popped out to shortstop
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Span singled to left
        • G. Heredia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia doubled to left, Span scored
        • D. Freitas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freitas grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Oliver Drake relieved Noe Ramirez
        • Michael Hermosillo in left field
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to left
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded into double play third to second to first, Gamel out at second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz singled to right
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Romine relieved Roenis Elias
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout flied out to deep center
        • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Hermosillo singled to left, Simmons to second
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to second, Simmons to third, Hermosillo to second
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler singled to left, Simmons and Hermosillo scored
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kinsler to second on wild pitch, Valbuena grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Span walked
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia hit by pitch, Span to second
        • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Foul, Freitas lined out to shortstop
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Roenis Elias relieved Nick Rumbelow
        • Gordon Beckham at shortstop
        • Ben Gamel in right field
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maldonado grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to shallow left
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Foul, Fletcher grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Calhoun out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to second
        • K. Seager: Foul, Seager fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Rumbelow relieved Juan Nicasio
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to center
        • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout hit by pitch, Simmons to second
        • J. Upton: Upton homered to right center, Simmons and Trout scored
        • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Pujols homered to left
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Kinsler singled to center
        • L. Valbuena: Valbuena flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Heredia popped bunt out to first
        • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freitas struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gordon out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Nicasio relieved Nick Vincent
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Trout stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Pujols singled to right, Trout to third
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler singled to center, Trout scored, Pujols to second
        • L. Valbuena: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Valbuena struck out on foul tip
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded into fielder's choice to third, Kinsler out at second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Foul, Seager popped out to second
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy singled to left
        • D. Span: Ball, Span grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Vincent relieved Chasen Bradford
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Segura grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Upton singled to shallow center
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Upton stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked
        • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kinsler popped out to third
        • Luis Valbuena hit for Jefry Marte
        • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Valbuena flied out to left
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span singled to center
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Heredia grounded into double play second to first, Span out at second
        • D. Freitas: Ball, Freitas flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte hit by pitch
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado singled to left, Marte to third
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to center, Marte scored
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left, Maldonado to second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Simmons flied out to center
        • M. Trout: Foul, Trout grounded into fielder's choice to third, Fletcher out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to second, Gordon to second on Skaggs fielding error
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura popped out to shortstop
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz walked
        • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager singled to right, Gordon scored, Cruz to second
        • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher homered to left
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Simmons lined out to left
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Trout singled to center
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • A. Pujols: Pujols homered to right center, Trout scored
        • Chasen Bradford relieved James Paxton
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler popped out to second
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)