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Morales belts two homers to power Angels

KENDRY Morales hit two home runs to help the Los Angeles Angels snap a three-game losing streak with a 10-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Morales finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored as the Angels (19-18) made 15 hits in the American League West teams' first of their four-game set.

Following his ejection on Saturday after just two pitches against the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles starter John Lackey threw five innings for four earned runs.

Former Angels starter Jarrod Washburn was charged with the loss for the Mariners (18-21) after allowing six runs over five innings.

Elsewhere in the AL, it was: Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2; Yankees 7, Twins 6; and Rays 13, Athletics 4.

In the National League, it was: Brewers 8, Cardinals 4; Pirates 12, Nationals 7; Rockies 5, Braves 1; and Dodgers 3, Mets 2 (in 11 innings).

In Seattle, leading 4-3 in the fifth inning, Washburn surrendered a three-run double to Torii Hunter to give Los Angeles a 6-4 break.

Morales hit a two-run shot in the sixth and sent a solo home run over the right-field fence in the eighth.

A switch-hitting first baseman, Morales was dropped three spots in the lineup to No. 8 after his team managed just three runs from its last two games.

"I respected the manager's position and there was nothing I could do about it," Morales said through an interpreter.

"I wasn't hitting it well from the right side...(tonight) it felt very good when I connected."

The Mariners scored three times over the first two innings to take the lead and were up 4-1 before Los Angeles' five-run fifth.

Russell Branyan was 2-for-3 with a home run while Ichiro Suzuki and Ken Griffey Jr had two hits apiece for Seattle, which has lost five of its last seven games, after posting a sparkling 12-6 record earlier this season.

In St Louis, Braden Looper allowed just two hits into the seventh inning and Mat Gamel hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with an 8-4 victory.

Jason Kendall of the Brewers became the eighth catcher to reach 2,000 hits.

Kyle Lohse (3-3) working on two days' rest after working two innings in Friday's rainout, trailed 0-4 after four. Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker hit two-run homers in the seventh for St Louis.


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