The Mariners got a late-inning home run from Mitch Haniger and held off the Angels 6-5 on Wednesday night.
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Saturday night behind a 3-run home run from Nelson Cruz.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Friday night, with Mitch Haniger hitting three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Flexen continuing his dominance over the Angels.
On July 16, 2023 in Anaheim, California, Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
David Fletcher, the Angels’ second baseman, has two singles to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, tying Rod Carew for the second-longest in club history.
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Despite Flexen’s excellent performance, Seattle’s bullpen came close to blowing the game. The Mariners led 6-2 heading into the ninth inning when the Angels took advantage of two mistakes and scored three runs to get within one run.
Paul Sewald got Phil Gosselin to line out to right field with runners at the corners and two outs to preserve the victory.
Kyle Seager also hit a home run for the Mariners, who have won four of their last five games. Haniger, who has gone 9 for 20 in his past five games, came up short of the cycle by a triple.
Flexen (9-3) pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out two batters. On July 10, he pitched seven shutout innings against the Angels in his previous start. Kendall Graveman gave up three hits and three unearned runs in two-thirds of an inning, earning Sewald his third save.
Flexen has gone 4-0 in his past six starts, allowing one run or less in all but one of them.
The Angels’ Max Stassi blasted his sixth home run of the season.
In the third inning, the game was deadlocked at one run each until Seattle blew it up with three runs. Haniger hit a one-out double to the left field corner and came home on an RBI single by Ty France. Seager next blasted a fastball from Andrew Heaney (5-7) over the right-field wall for his 17th home run, putting the Mariners up 4-1.
Heaney pitched four innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four batters.
In the seventh inning, Haniger blasted a two-run home ball to left-center, extending Seattle’s lead to 6-1.
The Mariners got on the board in the first inning when Luis Torrens brought home Haniger with a base single. The Angels tied the game in the second inning when Stassi hit a two-run homer to right-center.
Los Angeles took a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when Fletcher singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Jared Walsh’s single.
In the ninth inning, the Angels took advantage of a pair of Mariners mistakes to tie the game.
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With one out, Adam Eaton led off with a single to left and moved to second when Dylan Moore handled Luis Rengifo’s infield grounder, but his throw to shortstop J.P. Crawford was wildly off target. Fletcher drove in Eaton with a line shot that went over Seager’s glove at third base after Kean Wong struck out. When J.P. Crawford couldn’t properly field the deflection, Fletcher moved to second.
Shohei Ohtani followed with a two-run single to tie the game at 6-5. Walsh’s single to right-center moved Ohtani to third, but both runners were left stranded when Gosselin lined out to finish the game.
In his Angels debut, Eaton went 2 for 4 with a double in his first at-bat. Los Angeles signed the veteran outfielder on Wednesday after the Chicago White Sox dismissed him earlier in the week.
THE SKID COMES TO AN END
Jarred Kelenic, the Mariners’ top prospect, was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma and ended a 0-for-42 big league slump with an eighth-inning single.
Kelenic was brought up in early May but returned to the minors last month after hitting. In 23 games, he has a total of 096 points.
ROOM FOR TRAINEES
1B for the Mariners Evan White, who has been on the IL since May 14 with a strained right hip flexor, has decided to have season-ending hip surgery. The operation is expected to take place next week, according to manager Scott Servais. … RHP During a rehab appearance for Triple-A Tacoma, Casey Sadler (right shoulder impingement) pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. … RHP Ryan Weber has been acquired off waivers by the Tacoma Rainiers and will report to them. INF To create space on the 40-man roster for Weber, Wyatt Mathisen was designated for assignment.
CF Angels Because he is still not running at 100 percent, Mike Trout (calf strain) does not have a timeline for when he will be ready to begin a rehab assignment. … 3B Because his hamstring injury is mending more slowly than anticipated, Anthony Rendon will be out for at least another two weeks.
In his two July starts, Angels RHP Alex Cobb (6-3, 4.23 ERA) has only allowed one earned run in 13 innings. Mariners LHP Yusei Kikuchi (6-4, 3.48 ERA), who is ranked tenth in the AL in ERA, will face him.
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