The Seattle Mariners put up another valiant fight against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, not even a quality start from Felix Hernandez was able to hold up, as the Mariners dropped the second game of the three-game series by a final of 4-3.
The Angels opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run double by Erick Aybar. The Mariners tied things up in the top of the third on an RBI single from Brendan Ryan and a sacrifice fly from Franklin Gutierrez.
Justin Smoak hit his third home run in two days in the fourth inning to put the Mariners on top, 3-2. It was the 19th homer of the season for Smoak, who continues to be great in September and ... less-great ... in other months. That home run put Hernandez in line for the win, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Torii Hunter dropped a flare into right field that scored the tying run.
Maicer Izturis led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right. A wild pitch by Stephen Pryor allowed Izturis to take second base and Bourjos bunted him over to third. The Mariners intentionally walked Mike Trout to pitch to Hunter, who lined a single to right field for the walk-off win.
Hernandz ended up with six innings pitched, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine.