Shoemaker hit in head by liner, Angels hold on for 4-2 win

Seattle Mariners' Chris Iannetta, left, flips his bat after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jett Bandy tosses the ball back to the mound in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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SEATTLE (AP) Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning and six relievers combined to shut down Seattle after starter Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head with a line drive, leading the Los Angeles Angels over the Mariners 4-2 on Sunday.

Shoemaker was hit on the right side of his head with one out in the second inning on a line drive from Kyle Seager. Seager's liner had an exit velocity of 105 mph, according to MLB Statcast. Shoemaker was able to turn his head slightly to avoid a direct blow to his face but was unable to get his mitt up in time.

The Angels announced Shoemaker suffered a laceration on the right side of his head, but was alert and responsive. He was taken to a local hospital for a CT scan.

Deolis Guerra (3-0) was the first of the relievers to enter, followed by Jose Alvarez, Mike Morin, Cody Ege and JC Ramirez.

Pujols hit his 29th homer of the season off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (14-11).