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Mike Trout homers in his first game back from paternity leave as Angels beat Mariners

Angels hit 3 homers to win series opener in Seattle

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels packed the lumber on their road trip, hitting three home runs in their 5-3 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night in Seattle.

Entering Tuesday, Mike Trout had more home runs against the Mariners (41) than any other opponent. You might have remembered so many of the Mike Trout home run daily posts — 19 of the 110 done to date — were homers against the Mariners.

You’ll excuse Trout if he was a little preoccupied, leaving his son for the first time since he was born Thursday. Trout said before the game he FaceTimed his wife Jessica “about 30 times” earlier Tuesday. Then, in his first at-bat as a dad, he did this:

Trout has 25 home runs in 79 games at what is now called T-Mobile Park.

It was a busy first inning for the Angels, who followed Trout’s home run with a walk by Brian Goodwin and a two-run shot by Albert Pujols for an early 3-0 lead over Justin Dunn.

Pujols’ homer was the 659th of his career, just one behind Willie Mays for fifth all-time.

Andrew Heaney helped make those three runs hold up, pitching into the sixth inning for his first win of the season. He got no swings and misses on his 46 fastballs thrown, but did get seven whiffs on his 22 changeups, per Baseball Savant. Heaney walked four, but allowed only a single run in 5⅔ innings.

David Fletcher added a two-run shot in the seventh inning, adding to the Angels’ lead while providing insurance for Seattle’s comeback attempt, which consisted of single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning.

After a shaky start to the season by Hansel Robles, the Angels turned to Ty Buttrey in the ninth in this one. He closed it out by retiring the Mariners in order. Joe Maddon said after the game the club would use closer by committee for now.

Welcome to the bigs

Jo Adell was 1-for-4 in his major league debut, reaching on an infield single in his first at-bat.

If Adell looked fast on the play, it’s because he is.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Mike Trout (2), Albert Pujols (3), David Fletcher (1); Dylan Moore (2)

WP — Andrew Heaney (1-0): 5⅔ IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts

LP — Justin Dunn (0-1): 4 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Sv — Ty Buttrey (1): 3 up, 3 down

Up next

The Angels will activate Julio Teheran from the injured list to start Wednesday’s game, manager Joe Maddon said on the Angels pregame show on KLAA. Teheran last pitched a simulated three innings last Thursday at the club’s alternate training site in Long Beach.

Kyle Keller was optioned after Tuesday’s game to make roster room for Teheran, Maddon said.

Marco Gonzales starts for Seattle (6:40 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West).