Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong frames and
retired the final 14 batters he faced in a 3-2 win for the Seattle Mariners
over the Los Angeles Angels.
Jesus Montero hit the tying two-run homer in the sixth inning off Joe Blanton.
Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning
to give the Mariners their second victory in three games in this series, which
concludes Sunday. Kyle Seager extended his career-high hitting streak to 16
games and scored the winning run.
Hernandez (3-2) allowed five hits and one earned run while walking one batter
and fanning seven.
"Felix was outstanding today. He stayed in his delivery, used all of his,
pitches, pitched well when he was ahead and pitched well when he was behind,"
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "It was just a great effort."
Blanton (0-4) exited after giving up nine hits and four walks over six-plus
frames. He also had five strikeouts.
Chris Iannetta homered to lead off the third inning and Mike Trout lifted a
sacrifice fly later in the inning for the Angels, who lost for the third time
in four games.
The Angels failed to execute a squeeze bunt in the fourth and Mark Trumbo was
out at the plate.
"That's a nice play. They executed it well on the defensive side," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "We [were] just a little bit off."
Seattle wasted a bases-loaded chance in the fifth, but Montero tied it an
inning later by homering into the bullpen in left-center after Raul Ibanez
walked to start the frame.
In the seventh, Seager and Michael Morse singled. Michael Roth then relieved
Blanton and struck out Justin Smoak. Morales, though, lined a ball into left
field to give the Mariners the lead.
Tom Wilhelmsen stranded a runner in scoring position to pick up his seventh
save. Josh Hamilton singled and stole second with two outs. Howie Kendrick
lined out to second baseman Dustin Ackley to end the game.
Peter Bourjos singled, stole second and scored on Trout's fly ball to right
field. That came after Iannetta started the third with a homer to left-center.
Hernandez is 7-12 in his career against the Angels ... Seattle went 1-for-13
with men in scoring position and stranded 11 base runners ... Seager's hitting
streak is the longest for the Mariners since Mike Carp's 20-game run in 2011.
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