SEATTLE ( Associated Press) – One night after hitting seven home runs And after the loss, the Los Angeles Angels needed just one long ball to catch one of the hottest teams in baseball.
Taylor Ward’s sacrificial fly scored the Magnificent Sierra in the 10th inning, and the Angels took a three-run lead before a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
The Angels took a 3–0 lead in ninth place before Seattle scored three times and was dismissed twice to force an extra innings.
“It was a well played game in all aspects,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin. “We rolled the bat well, didn’t hit a bunch, but got the important guys when needed.”
Ward’s fly ball off Paul Sewald (3-3) was deep enough that Sierra could easily score a goal and give the Angels the lead. Jimmy Hargett made the perfect 10th place to save.
Max Stacey hit a two-run homer at the top of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 3–0 lead, which proved crucial when Seattle scored three runs in the bottom of the innings.
“Really impressed with those big hits late in the game, when you haven’t been aggressive enough. These guys stepped up,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais.
Seattle’s three-run rally in the ninth began when Jesse Winker walked away with a dismissal against Jesse Chavez (2-1). Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb scored a single, and with two outs, Adam Frazier doubled to score Winker.
Ty Frances dribbled a single in center field to score Lamb and Frazier and also pulled the Mariners 3-3. Seattle had three hits in its first eight innings, then three hits in the ninth.
“He’s a seasoned guy. He’s done that before. He’s going to play some big innings of late. He got a groundball in there, that’s it,” Nevin said of using Chavez in the ninth .
This was the first matchup between the teams since their wild feud on 26 June, which resulted in multiple suspensions and some injuries. Both Servais and Nevin said the incident had happened in the past.
The Mariners’ rally ruined the night for Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, who was in line for his first win since May 22. Sandoval threw 5 1/3 shutout innings relying heavily on offspeed pitches, and Aaron Loup and Jose Quijada continued the shutout. Ninth.
“I wanted to go with my best pitches and play with the best things I could find,” Sandoval said. “So, the sliders, the changeups, are mainly my best two pitches so I’m going to throw them as much as I can.”
Pitching was the story of the night for both sides till the ninth inning. Sandoval kept the Mariners in sixth place, while Seattle starter Robbie Ray made a stellar performance in seven innings with 10 strikes.
The only loss against Ray came in the first inning when Luis Rengifo doubled and Joe Adele followed with a broken bat to give the Angels an early lead.
Ray was otherwise dominant after being rough in his last two starts against Houston. Ray smashed five hits and made his sixth start this season with at least 10 strikes.
“I think for me, more than just getting back on track, I feel like something I’ve found with my delivery in the past week is just really happening in my lower back, and really slows my drive. Feeling under,” Ray said.
Former Angels IF David McKinnon was claimed exemption by Oakland today. McKinnon was named for the assignment on Tuesday.
Seattle added Lamb to the roster and named Travis Jankowski for the assignment. Lamb was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers before the trade deadline and now gets a chance to play for his hometown team.
“I feel like I’ve been getting cold again and again for the past two days,” Lamb said.
Angels: If David Fletcher had been out of the lineup after suffering a foot injury off the pitch in Thursday’s game against Oakland. He is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Mariners: OF Julio Rodriguez (Wrist) is expected to take up his baseball activity this weekend and should not be required to go out on rehab assignments when his term on the injured list ends. … IF/OF Dylan Moore (back spasm) is improving rapidly and may be ready when his time on IL is up. … RHP Diego Castillo (shoulder) throws a bullpen on Friday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow), acquired on trade deadline, will throw a live batting practice early next week before going out on rehab work.
Angels: The Angels will start RHP Jaime Barria (1-1, 2.55) in the first game of the doubleheader.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.56) made his 15th start of the season. Kirby has been in range of the pitch in his last two starts coming off the All-Star break. Kirby scored two of seven runs in four innings on his last start against Houston.
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