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June 13, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Mariners-Angels Game Thread June 13: LA 6, Seattle 3

M’s succumb to Vernon Wells’ two homers, doubling the Angels’ total in June.
After 8: Angels 5, M’s 3
M’s had a shot at making noise in the 8th, as Brendan Ryan reached on an error and Justin Smoak punched a single to center. But Adam Kennedy forced Jack Wilson, pinch-running for Smoak, and reliever Scott Downs baffled Miguel Olivo with nasty curveballs for a strikeout that ended the inning.
After 6 1/2: Angels 5, M’s 3
M’s pretty much gifted the Angels the lead. With one out and Jeff Mathis on third, Torii Hunter hit a grounder to Chone Figgins at third, and he threw a strike to Miguel Olivo at home for what should have been the second out. But Olivo dropped the ball after a mild collision with Mathis, tying the game. When Bobby Abreu flied out, that should have ended the inning with the M’s still on top. But with the extra at-bat, Vernon Wells clouted his second homer of the game over the leftfield wall and Seattle now trails.
After 6: M’s 3, Angels 2
Angels will see the best the M’s bullpen has to offer pretty soon. Meanwhile, Ken Griffey Jr. is in the house, having made an understated entrance. He just appeared with the M’s TV crew, but either came in late or decided not to make a show of it, as he was nowhere in evidence before the game on the field. It’s believed to be the first time here for Griffey, now a special consultant with the club, since the season began.
After 5: M’s 3, Angels 2
Two of the fans’ most frequent whipping boys of late had a big hand in the M’s go-ahead run. With one out, Chone Figgins laced a double to the rightfield wall, and Ichiro followed with his sixth hit in the last three games, a nice bunt single down the third-base line that Maicer Izturis couldn’t handle cleanly. Brendan Ryan then flied to right to score Figgins. Ichiro had his second stolen base of the night, but Justin Smoak struck out.
After 2 1/2: Angels 2, Mariners 2
After retiring the first two Angels in the third, Jason Vargas suddenly lost his way, surrendering a long homer to left by Vernon Wells — just the Angels’ second this month — and three pitches later, a double off the centerfield wall by Howie Kendrick. But Vargas escaped further damage by striking out Erick Aybar.
After 2: M’s 2, Angels 1
Carlos Peguero showed good wheels on a leadoff double down the rightfield line — although it should have been handled at first by Mark Trumbo — and Peguero eventually motored in on Franklin Gutierrez’ hit to deep short.
After 1: Angels 1, Mariners 1
Adam Kennedy, just 4 for 20 on the Chicago-Detroit road trip, doubled in Ichiro, who stung a single to center leading off, his fifth hit in three games.
After 1/2 inning: Angels 1, M’s coming up
Bobby Abreu, one of the better sticks in the Angels lineup of late (.404 in his last 14 games) was in the middle of it, singling Torii Hunter to second, from where he could score on a hit to left by Howie Kendrick, whose .346 road average is 2nd-best in the AL.
Hey folks, Bud Withers here on a nice night at Safeco. The visiting club (31-36) has had a taste of the acute hitting problems experienced by the Mariners, although much of it is lately (the Angels are hitting .254, which the M’s, at a league-worst .228, would kill for). But Los Angeles was shut out Sunday for the ninth time this year, has been held to three runs or fewer in 10 of its last 11 games, and has hit only one homer in June. Below is the Angels’ lineup:
13 Maicer Izturis (S) 3B
48 Torii Hunter RF
53 Bobby Abreu (L) DH
10 Vernon Wells LF
47 Howie Kendrick 2B
2 Erick Aybar (S) SS
44 Mark Trumbo 1B
25 Peter Bourjos CF
5 Jeff Mathis C
24 Dan Haren RHP

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