July 29, 2018 / 4:21 AM / 3 months ago

Rookie Arcia piles up 6 RBIs in second game; Angels rout Mariners

EditorsNote: Fixes Heredia’s name in 7th graf, other small tweaks

Francisco Arcia doubled twice, homered and drove in six runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.

It was just Arcia’s second major league game after spending the past 11 years in the minor leagues. In his major league debut on Thursday, the 28-year-old catcher went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, but he topped that performance on Saturday.

Arcia set a major league record with 10 RBIs in his first two major league games.

His first hit of the night — an RBI double in the second inning — came off Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, who was tagged for seven runs on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings to get the loss, falling to 8-9. His ERA rose to 5.58.

The Angels had plenty of offense to go around, totaling 13 hits, including Mike Trout’s 29th home run of the season off Hernandez in the first inning.

Ian Kinsler had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two, and Justin Upton chipped in with two hits, all in support of Angels starter Jaime Barria (6-7), who gave up two runs on five hits in six innings to get the win.

Nelson Cruz hit two homers, Nos. 24 and 25, for Seattle, which has lost the first two games of the series. Guillermo Heredia also homered for the Mariners.

The Angels broke the game open in the third inning. Kinsler had a two-out RBI single that made it 5-1 and sent Hernandez to the showers.

Casey Lawrence replaced Hernandez and gave up a three-run homer to Arcia on a 2-2 changeup, putting the Angels on top 8-1. The win was the Angels’ fourth in a row.

It was Barria’s first win since June 1. The only runs he surrendered came on solo home runs by Cruz in the second inning and fourth innings.

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