The weekend's three-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels in Southern California was a very unlikely series. It started with the Mariners blowing a five-run lead behind Felix Hernandez and ended with them defeating the Angels' best starter, Jered Weaver, to take the series. The Mariners won the rubber game on Sunday, 4-1.
Jesus Montero led off the second inning with his 11th home run of the year to get Seattle on the board first. The lead didn't last long, as Vernon Wells tied things up in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly to score Howie Kendrick. Somewhat surprisingly, that would be the only run the Angels would score in support of Weaver.
In the top of the six, Montero hit his second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot that put the Mariners on top for good. Chone Figgins hit an RBI triple in the top of the ninth for a big insurance run.
Montero and Figgins had two of Seattle's five hits in the game. Jason Vargas pitched another great game, improving to 13-8 after going 8.1 innings and giving up one run on seven hits and one walk.
The Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning with RBI singles from Trayvon Robinson and Dustin Ackley. John Jaso belted a solo homer in the third inning to make it 4-0 Seattle.
Seattle added another three runs in the fourth inning, on a Brendan Ryan sacrifice fly, an error by Albert Pujols and an RBI single from Jaso.
Vernon Wells, who was making a rare start in the wake of the exemplary play by Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout this season, finally got the Angels on the board in the fifth inning with an RBI single. He hit his seventh homer of the year in the eighth to cut the Seattle lead to 7-3.
Kendrys Morales led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run that got the Angels another run closer, but Tom Wilhelmsen held on to close out the win for Seattle.
The Mariners will go for the series win in the rubber match on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners opened up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night with their most favorable pitching matchup. Unfortunately, the Mariners were not able to make a five-run lead for Felix Hernandez hold up and suffered an embarrassing walk-off 6-5 loss.
The Mariners jumped out to a big early lead after scoring five runs in the third inning. All five runs came on two Seattle home runs; a two-run shot from Dustin Ackley and a three-run shot from John Jaso.
Mike Trout got the Angels right back in the game in the bottom of the third, blasting a three-run homer to left-center field to cut the lead to 5-3. It was Trout's 21st homer of the season. In the fifth, Trout tied things up with a two-run sacrifice fly.
The Angels loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and scored the walk-off win when Seattle reliever Josh Kinney threw a wild pitch that allowed Peter Bourjos to score.
The Mariners will try to regroup and even the series on Saturday.