An­gels are sit­ting pretty af­ter vic­tory

They move into 2nd wild-card spot af­ter ral­ly­ing past Seat­tle for 5th straight win.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -


SEAT­TLE — Luis Val­buena’s two-run homer in the sev­enth in­ning pulled Los An­ge­les even, Al­bert Pu­jols added a two-run dou­ble in the eighth and the An­gels ral­lied for a 6-3 vic­tory over the Seat­tle Mariners on Sat­ur­day night.

For the third straight game, the Mariners saw their bullpen prob­lems fes­ter while try­ing to hold a lead. Val­buena’s homer came off re­liever Casey Lawrence and af­ter the Mariners got six sur­pris­ingly strong in­nings out of starter Erasmo Ramirez.

Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trou­ble in the eighth. Zych walked the first two bat­ters be­fore giv­ing up Pu­jols’ dou­ble to the gap. Kole Cal­houn sin­gled and An­drel­ton Sim­mons’ sac­ri­fice fly scored Pu­jols for a three-run lead. Seat­tle’s bullpen has al­lowed 13 runs in the first three games of the se­ries.

The An­gels have won five straight and moved into the sec­ond wild card spot in the Amer­i­can League.

A solid Ramirez start was quickly un­done by the bullpen. Lawrence gave up a one-out sin­gle to C.J. Cron and Val­buena’s homer tied the game 3-3, fol­lowed by Zych’s is­sues in the eighth.

While Seat­tle’s bullpen has strug­gled, the An­gels’ re­liev­ers have been solid. Starter JC Ramirez was done af­ter five in­nings fol­low­ing Kyle Sea­ger’s home run that gave Seat­tle a 3-1 lead. Jesse Chavez al­lowed four hits in 12⁄3 in­nings but was not scored on, helped by two Mariners get­ting caught steal­ing and a per­fect re­lay to get Yon­der Alonso try­ing to score from first on a dou­ble in the sev­enth.

Cano was stranded at third as Key­nan Mid­dle­ton (4-0) got Nel­son Cruz to ground out to end the in­ning. Blake Parker worked the eighth and Cam Be­drosian pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

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