Trout de­liv­ers in the ninth

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Three-run dou­ble gets An­gels back to .500 af­ter they blow a 3-0 lead.


SEATTLE — Mike Trout looped a three-run dou­ble just in­side the left-field line with two outs in the ninth in­ning, and the An­gels cooled off the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 vic­tory on Thurs­day night.

Trout’s bases-clear­ing hit off Seattle closer Ed­win Diaz (2-5) came af­ter the Mariners staged a three-run rally of their own in the eighth in­ning to tie the score at 3all. Diaz had ma­jor con­trol prob­lems in the ninth, walk­ing three bat­ters, in­clud­ing Cameron May­bin on a 3-2 pitch to bring Trout to the plate. Trout pulled a 1-1 break­ing ball and just kept it fair.

The surg­ing Mariners were com­ing off a 6-3 trip to move into the sec­ond wild-card spot in the Amer­i­can League. Along with the ninth-in­ning prob­lems, the Mariners saw ace James Pax­ton leave in the sev­enth in­ning with a strained left pec­toral mus­cle.

Seattle used the long ball to rally in the eighth in­ning. Jean Se­gura hit his sev­enth home run of the sea­son against An­gels re­liever Bud Nor­ris, and the duo of Robin­son Cano and Nel­son Cruz con­tin­ued to come through for the Mariners. Cano drove a two-out dou­ble into the left-cen­ter field gap off Nor­ris (2-5) and Cruz fol­lowed with his 27th homer of the sea­son and fifth in the past five games to pull Seattle even.

Cam Be­drosian pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

The An­gels got a bril­liant start from Tyler Sk­aggs, who pitched shutout ball into the sev­enth. Sk­aggs gave up five hits and struck out five in his sec­ond start since com­ing off the dis­abled list.

C.J. Cron hit a solo homer in the sec­ond in­ning and An­drel­ton Sim­mons added a two-run shot in the fourth, both off of Pax­ton.

Elaine Thomp­son As­so­ci­ated Press

AN­GELS CEN­TER FIELDER Mike Trout dives to­ward a f ly ball from Seattle’s Ben Gamel be­fore mak­ing the catch.

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