Some notes and news items you might have missed from the Mariners' 5-3 victory over the Angels on Tuesday at Safeco Field. (Big hat tip to the Mariners' Baseball Info staff.)
***Corey Hart's two homers marked the 15th multi-homer game of his career. His last previous one came on Sept. 29, 2012 for Milwaukee vs. Houston. He played two more games in completing that season before missing all of 2013 while recovering from surgeries on both knees.
***Hart also produced his 12th career game of four RBIs or more. His last previous one was that same 2012 game against the Astros.
***Hart's first homer Tuesday was on an 0-2 pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago. Hart has 157 career homers; only three have come on 0-2 pitches.
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***Hart also benefited from a successful replay challenge by manager Lloyd McClendon in the fifth inning. Hart's drive to left was caught and dropped by Josh Hamilton. It was originally ruled an out, but a challenge reversed the ruling after a delay of 2 minutes, 51 seconds.
***Justin Smoak's RBI single in the third produced the only run that Hart didn't drive in. It was Smoak's club-leading ninth RBI and came after a walk to Robinson Cano. Smoak has at least one RBI in five of seven games.
***Mariners starter James Paxton left the game in the sixth inning because of a left latissimus dorsi muscle strain. That's a back muscle. (If it sounds familiar, reliever Stephen Pryor is still recovering from a torn right lat.) McClendon characterized Paxton's injury as a "slight" strain. Paxton called it a "tweak." But an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday. More will be known thereafter.
***Paxton served up homers in a three-pitch span to Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first inning. That snapped a streak of 16 scoreless innings that dated to last year. Paxton then retired 14 in a row before allowing a leadoff single to Kole Calhoun in the sixth. Paxton made one more pitch, to Mike Trout, before leaving the game.
***The Mariners have won five straight games against the Angels dating to last year. It's their eighth streak of five victories or more against LA. The club record in eight in a row in 2006. The Angels still lead the all-time series 307-250.
***The Mariners scored all five of their runs Tuesday with two outs. That makes 26 two-out runs this year among the 39 runs scored.
***The roof at Safeco Field was closed for the home opener for the first time since 2008. It has been open for eight of 15 home openers; there have been two roof movements in home openers.
***Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left the game for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning because of a swollen thumb. He will be reevaluated Wednesday but seems unlikely to play in the series finale.
***Angels first baseman Albert Pujols reached two milestones when he hit a two-run homer in the first inning against James Paxton. It was the 493rd homer of Pujols' cafreer, which ties him with Lou Gehrig for 22nd place on the all-time list. It also boosted Pujols' career RBI total to 1,501.
***Long-time Mariners' fan favorite Raul Ibanez, now with the Angels, drew big cheers when recognized prior to the game as the 2014 Hutch Award recipient.
***Robinson Cano was zero for three with a walk after getting hits in every game of the Mariners' six-game road trip that opened the season.