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August 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, Aug. 29: M’s win, 5-3

League gave up a two-out double to Trumbo and had to face the tying run, but he got Vernon Wells to ground out. That’s save No. 32 for League.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Some rookie thunder gives the M’s the lead: An Ackley double followed by a prodigious Mike Carp homer to right on the first pitch he saw from Takahashi. The M’s have seven extra-base-hits tonight, tying their season high. Brando League is coming in to protect a 5-3 lead in the ninth.
ANGELS EIGHTH: Tom Wilhelmsen is quietly developing into a dominating reliever. He struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth, and now has 7 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his last four outings. 3-3.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Not a productive inning for the M’s, as Ryan and Ichiro fly out, and Gutierrez fouls out to the catch. Wilhelmsen is replacing Beavan for the eighth. 3-3.
ANGELS SEVENTH: A one-out single by Aybar, but he’s erased when he takes off on a line drive by Bourjos, and is doubled off first by Casper Wells, who can really throw. Just ask Bourjos. 3-3.
MARINERS SIXTH: A two-out walk by Wells (his second of the game) is followed by a fly out from Seager. 3-3.
ANGELS SIXTH: Beavan turns in a 1-2-3 inning, and is on track for another quality start. He had six straight to begin his career, but has gone three starts without one. 3-3.
MARINERS FIFTH: The M’s tie it up on a one-out double by Ichiro, and two-out triple to right-center by Ichiro — his sixth triple of the year. 3-3.
MARINERS FOURTH: A one-out double by Adam Kennedy goes for naught as Wells strikes out and Seager flies out. 3-2 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: Beavan got two quick outs, and then the inning fell apart: Single by Hunter, long homer by Mark Trumbo (his fifth against Seattle in 42 career at-bats, this one off the second-deck facade in left), single by Wells, RBI double by Aybar. And just like that, it’s 3-2 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD: The M’s get a two-out single by Dustin Ackley, but Carp grounded out to second on a nice play by Howie Kendrick. 2-0 Mariners.
ANGELS THIRD: A 1-2-3 inning for Beavan, with an asterisk — Peter Bourjos led off with a single down the third-base line, and was gunned down at second trying to stretch on a perfect throw by Casper Wells. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Kyle Seager, who began his major-league career by going 1-for-12 against the Angels, delivered a sac fly to bring home Miguel Olivo. He had opened with a double and moved to third on Kennedy’s ground out. Two innings, two leadoff doubles, two sac flies. That’ll work. 2-0 Mariners.
ANGELS SECOND: Three up, three down for Beavan, who was helped by a nice play by third baseman Kyle Seager on Erick Aybar’s bunt. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: Ichiro led off with a ringing ground-rule double, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s definitely hitting the ball with more authority the last couple of weeks. Gutierrez singled him to third, but Gutierrez made a baserunning error that defused the inning. When a pitch got away a short distance from catcher Hank Conger, he took off for second, then stopped when Conger fired the ball to second. He was tagged out in a rundown. Ackley delivered a sac fly to left, and Carp lined out. 1-0 Mariners.
ANGELS FIRST: Beavan gives up a leadoff single to Maicer Izturis, then gets three straight popups. Beavan’s last win was against the Angels, way back on Aug. 6, when he held them to one run over eight innings in his longest major-league start.

Mariners (56-76)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
4 Adam Kennedy (L) DH
33 Casper Wells LF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
26 Brendan Ryan SS
49 Blake Beavan RHP
Angels (72-61)
13 Maicer Izturis (S) 3B
47 Howie Kendrick 2B
53 Bobby Abreu (L) DH
48 Torii Hunter RF
44 Mark Trumbo 1B
10 Vernon Wells LF
2 Erick Aybar (S) SS
25 Peter Bourjos CF
16 Hank Conger (S) C
35 Joel Pineiro RHP
The Mariners get a chance to insinuate themselves into the tight AL West race with four games against the Angels. They have three more against the Angels in Anaheim tnext week, and six more against the Rangers — three at home on Sept. 16-18, and three in Texas Sept. 23-25. Their only other games with playoff implications are three with the Yankees at Safeco, Sept. 12-14.
“It’s good for us,” Wedge said today. “”You’ve got to go out and compete against those team, and with what they have onthe line. That’s going to help us. We’re going to have some tough days, but we’re going to have some gooddays, tood, and that will help us move forward.”
The Mariners are 4-8 against the Angels — 3-2 at Safeco, and 1-6 at Angel Stadium.

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