Tommy La Stella hit two home runs and the Los Angeles Angels held on for an 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday to end a six-game losing streak.

Kevan Smith and Brian Goodwin also homered and Mike Trout hit two doubles for the Angels, who avoided a four-game sweep in the series with the Mariners. Jaime Barria (2-1) gave up one run in five innings.

Seattle lost for the second time in 13 road games to start the season, with Mike Leake (2-2) giving up four runs on three homers in six innings.

Los Angeles Angels' Kevan Smith scores past Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy after a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith scores past Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy after a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Mariners created tension in the ninth inning when Tom Murphy cracked a two-run homer with one out, Dee Gordon immediately followed it up with a solo home run to right, and Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer with two outs to pull within 8-6. Cody Allen walked Domingo Santana to bring Edwin Encarnacion up as the potential tying run before Luis Garcia got him to pop up to Justin Bour at first to end the game.

La Stella hit a solo homer off the video scoreboard in left to put the Angles up 3-1 in the fourth. He added another solo shot in the eighth inning to set a new career-high with his sixth home run of the season in 21 games. La Stella needed 73 games in 2017 with the Chicago Cubs to record his previous career-best five homers.

Smith gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the second when he hit his first home run of the season just past the glove of a leaping Mallex Smith and over the wall in the deepest part of center field.

Los Angeles Angels' Tommy La Stella rounds the bases after a home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella rounds the bases after a home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Santana cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third with a two-out single that allowed Haniger to score from second base.

Goodwin made it 4-1 in the sixth with a solo homer to center, and Bour and Andrelton Simmons each drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-1. Kole Calhoun doubled to score another run in the eighth for an 8-1 lead following La Stella’s second blast.

GRAND OPENING

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout runs the bases after a double against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after a double against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Hansel Robles threw a scoreless first inning before being replaced by Barria as the Angels became the latest team to employ an “opener.” Manager Brad Ausmus considered giving a reliever a start earlier this month against the Cubs, but those plans were scuttled because of bullpen usage.

Ausmus expects to continue using relievers as spot-starters, a trend that started last season when Tampa Bay sent closer Sergio Romo out in the first inning of consecutive games against the Angels in May.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Seattle Mariners' Mitch Haniger celebrates in the dugout after scoring on single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger celebrates in the dugout after scoring on single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Mariners: OF Jay Bruce did not start because of a sore quadricep but drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. . RHP Chasen Bradford (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday and could be activated off the injured list to play in the two-game series against San Diego.

Angels: 1B Albert Pujols got the day off to rest. . LHP Tyler Skaggs (ankle) will throw one more bullpen session before being activated off the injured list. . Ausmus threw batting practice to DH Shohei Ohtani (elbow) on Saturday, but there is no updated timetable for the Japanese two-way star. “We’ve been pretty steadfast on sticking to his schedule and being cautious with him to avoid any long-term damage to his elbow,” Ausmus said.

UP NEXT

Seattle Mariners' Edwin Encarnacion throws his batting gloves after striking out against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion throws his batting gloves after striking out against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Mariners: RHP Erik Swanson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) will make his first career road start at San Diego on Tuesday. Swanson took the loss against Cleveland on Wednesday after giving up one run in six innings.

Angels: RHP Matt Harvey (0-2, 9.64) will start against the New York Yankees on Monday in the opener of a four-game series. Harvey is 1-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.

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Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, tags out Seattle Mariners' Tom Murphy during a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, tags out Seattle Mariners’ Tom Murphy during a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Seattle Mariners' Ryon Healy gets out way the way of an inside pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy gets out way the way of an inside pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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