American League Game Summary - Seattle at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, June 4th)
Final Score: Seattle 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 6
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-3 with a three-run
double and a walk as the Seattle Mariners knocked off the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.
John Jaso finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, Miguel Olivo added
two hits, an RBI and two runs scored and Kyle Seager smashed a solo home run
and scored twice for the Mariners, who bounced back from dropping two of three
to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.
Jason Vargas (7-4) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks to go with
eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. Tom Wilhelmsen worked out
of a jam in the eighth and finished it off in the ninth to earn his first
"Jason was consistent. He left a few pitches up, but he threw the ball well,"
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "It was a great performance by Tom. He got
it done late."
Mike Trout finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Kendrys Morales
crushed a pair of solo homers, and Albert Pujols and Maicer Izturis added an
RBI apiece for the Angels, who have dropped two straight.
Ervin Santana (2-7) allowed seven runs on eight hits and six walks with one
strikeout in just 4 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
"My command was a little off tonight," Santana said. "I'll erase this outing
and go work on some things for the next one. I have to keep my mind positive
and throw strikes."
Seattle got on the board first in its first at-bat when Seager blasted a
fastball from Santana over the wall in straightaway center field for a solo
shot, but the Angels got the run right back in the bottom half when Trout
doubled to start the frame and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pujols.
Seattle regained the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Dustin Ackley,
Seager and Justin Smoak all walked to load the bases with one out and Jaso
followed with a single to bring home Ackley. Carp then grounded into a
fielder's choice, which allowed Seager to score to give the M's a 3-1
Los Angeles got within one in the fourth when Morales yanked a fastball from
Vargas out over the left field wall to make it 3-2.
But Seattle extended its lead to 7-2 in the fifth. Jaso started the rally with
a base hit to right and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a
single to left by Olivo. Michael Saunders was then intentionally walked to
load the bags with two down and Kawasaki came up with a huge three-run double
to put the Mariners comfortably ahead.
Morales clubbed his second homer of the game to lead off the sixth. Torii
Hunter followed with a base hit and came around to score on a single by Trout
later in the inning to make it a 7-4 game.
Saunders belted an RBI double to bring home Olivo in the seventh to make it a
four-run game, but things got interesting in the eighth.
Howie Kendrick struck out to begin the frame, but reached on a dropped third
strike. Erick Aybar then worked a walk against M's reliever Shawn Kelley and
John Hester beat out an infield hit to load the bases with no outs.
Kendrick scored on a sacrifice fly by Trout before Izturis doubled to bring
home Aybar and spell the end of the night for Kelley. Wilhelmsen came in and
got Pujols to nub one out in front of the mound, which resulted in Hester
being tagged out in a rundown, and then he fanned Mark Trumbo to preserve the
Wilhelmsen came back out for the ninth and closed it out for the win.
It was Morales' seventh career multi-homer game. He hit a home run batting
right-handed for the first time since April 25, 2010 against the New York
Yankees...This was only the Mariners' fifth win in Anaheim in their last 25
tries...It was Trout's first career four-hit game...Seattle was 4-for-9 with
runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while the Angels finished
4-for-11 with men in scoring position and stranded 11.
06/05 02:06:42 ET