The Seattle Mariners had a great chance to stay in third place in the American League West as they hosted the Los Angeles Angels in a four-game series, but came up empty in their home stadium. A 4-2 Angels win on Sunday completed the unfortunate four-game sweep.
Kendrys Morales got the Angels on the board first with an RBI single in the first inning, then struck again with a solo home run in the top of the fourth to make it 2-0 Los Angeles.
The Mariners cut the lead in half when Justin Smoak hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fourth that scored Jesus Montero and made it 2-1 Angels, but Mark Trumbo led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot, his seventh of the year. Montero scored in the bottom of the seventh to make it 3-2, but Howie Kendrick would give the Angels an insurance run in the top of the ninth by hitting a sacrifice fly to drive in Morales.
Starter Hector Noesi performed admirably, allowing three runs in eight innings of work on five hits and two walks. Justin Smoak stayed hot, with two of the Mariners' three hits.
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