Fletcher has 4 hits, streak at 24 games; Angels drop M’s 7-1

SEATTLE — David Fletcher had four hits and four RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Sunday.

Fletcher homered in the third inning, drove in two runs with a single in the fifth and added another RBI in the seventh to snap the Angels’ two-game losing streak. The second baseman finished 4 for 5 after adding an infield single to start a three-run ninth.

Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk ahead of his big two days at Coors Field in Denver, where the Angels’ two-way superstar will participate in the Home Run Derby and play in the All-Star Game as both a hitter and pitcher.

José Suarez (4-2) allowed three hits over five innings to end Seattle’s three-game winning streak. It was his first win as a starter this season after being moved into the rotation on July 5. He struck out four and allowed an unearned run on Ty France’s first-inning sacrifice fly, which was set up by Kurt Suzuki’s passed ball.

Three Angels relievers worked four innings to complete the four-hitter, with Raisel Iglesias picking up his 19th save.

Yohan Ramirez (0-1), one of seven Seattle pitchers in a bullpen game, took the loss after hitting Taylor Ward to start the fifth inning, then walking Juan Lagares to set up Fletcher’s two-run single.

Fletcher’s hitting streak began June 13 and is now the third-longest in Angels history. Rod Carew is second at 25 games and Garret Anderson’s club record of 28 was set in 1998.

It’s the longest hitting streak in the majors since 2019, when the New York Mets’ Wilson Ramos hit safely in 26 straight.


All-Star pitcher Yusei Kikuchi’s move to the injured list for undisclosed reasons allowed the Mariners to bring up touted catching prospect Cal Raleigh, who made his debut.

Raleigh arrived about two hours before game time and had quite the get-to-know-you session catching Seattle’s bullpen day. The switch-hitter was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

“I told him to pretend you’re in high school and just go play,” manager Scott Servais said.

The Mariners also recalled INF Donovan Walton from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned CF Taylor Trammell.


Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager was again out of the lineup with a bone bruise in his right shin, but was not moved to the 10-day injured list.


Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (5-6, 5.38) will face the Mariners coming out of the All-Star break on Friday at Los Angeles.

Mariners: Servais did not announce post-break starters.

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