AN­GELS 6, SEAT­TLE 5: Come­back from 5-1 deficit lifts An­gels in wild-card race.

Team gains in play­off chase as Trout scores key run when Se­gura boots grounder.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -


SEAT­TLE — Mike Trout scored from sec­ond base on Jean Se­gura’s er­ror in the top of the ninth in­ning, and the An­gels ral­lied from a four-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the Seat­tle Mariners on Fri­day night.

For the sec­ond straight night, Trout was the source of some ninth-in­ning mis­ery for the Mariners. He had a three-run dou­ble in Thurs­day’s se­ries opener to give the An­gels a 6-3 vic­tory. A day later, Trout walked with one out, tak­ing a close 3-2 pitch from James Pa­zos (3-4). Al­bert Pu­jols followed with a sin­gle and C.J. Cron chopped a hard grounder that Se­gura couldn’t han­dle, the ball bounc­ing far enough into left field for Trout to score the go-ahead run.

Seat­tle led 5-1 thanks to home runs from Nel­son Cruz and Mike Zunino, but the An­gels scored four times in the seventh to pull even.

The An­gels took ad­van­tage of strug­gling young Seat­tle right-han­der An­drew Moore in the seventh, most of the dam­age com­ing with two outs. Called up ear­lier Fri­day to take the spot of ace left-han­der James Pax­ton, who was placed on the dis­abled list, Moore gave up a two-out in­field sin­gle to Cameron May­bin and walked Trout to load the bases. Pu­jols de­liv­ered a two-run sin­gle, Cron added an RBI sin­gle, and An­drel­ton Sim­mons capped the rally with an RBI dou­ble that tied the score at 5-5.

Am­pli­fy­ing Moore’s strug­gles, Seat­tle failed to start get­ting a re­liever ready in the bullpen until af­ter Pu­jols’ hit.

Three An­gels re­liev­ers qui­eted Seat­tle af­ter the Mariners knocked around starter Ricky No­lasco. Cruz hit his 28th homer of the sea­son lead­ing off the sec­ond in­ning. He added a dou­ble in the fourth and his dou­ble off the wall in right-cen­ter field in the sixth scored Robin­son Cano to give Seat­tle a 4-1 lead and end No­lasco’s night. Cruz later scored on Jar­rod Dyson’s two-out sin­gle. No­lasco al­lowed five runs oand seven hits over five in­nings.

But that was it for Seat­tle as Ed­uardo Pa­rades and Key­nan Mid­dle­ton (3-0) shut down the Mariners for three in­nings. Yus­meiro Petit pitched the ninth for his sec­ond save. Etc.

Re­liever An­drew Bailey, on the dis­abled list since April be­cause of shoul­der is­sues, could be ac­ti­vated by the An­gels this week­end.

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