SEATTLE — On a night after hitting seven home runs and losing, the Los Angeles Angels needed just one long ball to stop one of baseball’s hottest teams.
Taylor Ward’s sacrificial flight scored Magnuris Sierra in the 10th inning and the Angels took a late three-pointer before beating the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Friday night.
The Angels led 3-0 to the bottom of the ninth before Seattle made a 3-pointer with two outs to force overtime.
“It was a great game in every way,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “We swung the bat well and didn’t break through a bunch of bats, but got the important bats when we needed them.”
Ward’s fly ball from Paul Sewald (3-3) was deep enough for Sierra to score easily and put the Angels ahead. Jimmy Herget threw a perfect bottom line in the 10th inning for a save.
Max Stasi hit a two-run homer in the first half of the ninth to give the Angels a 3-0 lead that proved crucial when Seattle hit a 3 in the second half.
“I was really impressed with those big hits late in the game when you weren’t doing much offensively. These guys stepped up,” Seattle manager Scott Servis said.
Seattle’s three-game winning streak in the ninth began with Jesse Wink’s one out against Jesse Chavez (2-1). Pinch hitter Jack Lamb singled, and with two outs, Adam Frazier doubled for Wink.
Ty France dribbled into midfield to score for Lamb and Frazier and tie the Mariners at 3-3. Seattle had three hits in the first eight innings, then three in the ninth.
“He’s a veteran. He’s done this before. He’s going to throw some big plays late. He’s got a ball in there and it just passed,” Nevin said of using Chave in the ninth inning Shi said.
It was the first meeting between the two teams since a heated row on June 26 that resulted in multiple suspensions and several injuries. Both Servais and Nevin said pre-match events are a thing of the past.
The Mariners’ rally ruined the night for Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, who won for the first time since May 22. Sandoval threw a 5 1/3 suspension and relied heavily on overdrive pitches, while Aaron Loup and Jose Quijada kept suspensions into the ninth.
“I want to go in with my best pitch and play the odds with the best thing I’ve got,” Sandoval said. “So, sliders, switch balls, mostly my best two pitches, so I Will throw as many of them as possible.”
Pitching was the story of the night until the ninth inning for both sides. Sandoval prevented the Mariners from going into the sixth inning, while Seattle starter Robbie Rey had a solid seven-inning run with 10 strikeouts.
The only damage to Ray came in the first inning, when Louie Rungifer doubled up and Joe Adel followed with a breaker to give the Angels an early lead.
Ray dominated the rest of the game after being roughed up by opponents in the previous two games, both against Houston. Ray scattered five hits and had at least 10 strikeouts in his sixth start of the season.
“I think for me, it’s not just getting back on track, I feel like I’ve found something in the delivery over the past week, really getting into my bottom half and really feeling my drive on the mound force,” Ray said.
Oakland today announced the waiver of former Angels IF David McKinnon. MacKinnon has been assigned a mission on Tuesday.
Seattle added Lamb to the roster and was assigned the task of Travis Jankowski. Lamb was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline and now has the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
“I feel like I’ve had chills over and over for the past two days,” Lamb said.
Angels: Out of lineup if David Fletcher gets hit in the foot Thursday against Oakland. He is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Mariners: Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is expected to return to his baseball activities this weekend and won’t need to go out on rehab assignments when his tenure on the injured list ends. … IF/OF Dylan Moore (back spasm) is improving rapidly and may be ready when his time on IL is over. … RHP Diego Castillo (shoulder) threw a bullpen on Friday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow), acquired at the trade deadline, may have field batting practice early next week before rehab assignments.
Angels: The Angels will start RHP Jaime Barria (1-1, 2.55) in Game 1 of the doubles.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.56) makes his 15th start of the season. In his last two starts since the All-Star break, Kirby has been under court limits. Kirby went seven out of four in the final game against Houston, with two outs.
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