Miguel Olivo doubled with two out and Michael Saunders doubles as well to give the Mariners another run in the seventh inning and an 8-4 lead over the Angels.
8:50 p.m.: The Angels got a pair of runs back in the sixth, knocking Jason Vargas from the game shortly after he’d notched his season-high eighth strikeout.
Kendrys Morales opened the inning with his second homer of the game, followed by a Torii Hunter single and then a two-out walk to John Hester on four pitches. Brandon League came on to pitch from there and Mike Trout notched a single to left — his fourth hit of the game — to cut Seattle’s lead to 7-4.
8:50 p.m.: Seattle erupted for four runs off Ervin Santana in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead and knock him from the game. Santana threw 102 pitches and landed only 57 of them for strikes.
When he did throw strikes, the Mariners zeroed in on him. Munenori Kawasaki had the big blow, lining a three-run double down the left field line. The entire rally began with two out as John Jaso singled, Mike Carp walked and Migue Olivo singled to bring the first run home.
Olivo really struggled the first three weeks of the season and his overall numbers still reflect that. But he entered tonight with a .781 OPS since that time. For a catcher, that’s all the offense you need.
Kendrys Morales had taken Jason Vargas deep to left for a solo shot in the fourth to make it a one-run game. But that’s ancient history now.
8:00 p.m.: The Mariners took advantage of an erratic Ervin Santana and scored twice in the third inning to go up 3-1 on the Angels. Santana walked Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak with one out to load the bases and John Jaso singled to score the first run.
Mike Carp ten grounded into a fielder’s choice on a ball snagged nicely by Albert Pujols at first base to prevent a single to RF.
Say, we’ve got Carp hitting, Trout in center for the Angels. Somebody should invite Tim Salmon back to the ballpark here and we can have a World Series of fly fishing or something.
7:32 p.m.: Kyle Seager tried to top his younger brother for a few moments — driling a solo homer to center field off Ervin Santana in the first inning. The blast was the 16th given up by Sanatana this year, tops in the majors.
You’ll remember that Corey Seager, Kyle’s younger brother, was drafted by the Dodgers 18th overall an hour or so before the homer.
The Angels tied it up 1-1 in the bottom of the first as 20-year-old phenom Mike Trout blooped a double to shallow right field, took third on a single by Maicer Izturis and scorted on a sac fly to right by Albert Pujols.
7:03 p.m.: The last time these teams hooked up, the Angels took four in a row at Safeco Field just over a week ago to vault back into the AL West race.
Meanwhile, the Mariners went on the road and rediscovered their offense.
This M’s group can actually hit home runs now and they’re going up against a pitcher, Ervin Santana, who gives home runs away the way banks push credit cards on unsuspecting students. Should be interesting.