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Late rally comes up short for Angels after rough start

By DAIMON EKLUNDSeptember 3, 2016
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Brett Oberholtzer was handed a four-run lead before he even took the mound Friday night for the Los Angeles Angels.

It disappeared pretty quickly.

Oberholtzer was pulled without getting an out in the second inning, part of a nine-run outburst that sent the Seattle Mariners to an 11-8 victory.

“Obviously, it’s not the start we were looking for or he was looking for,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Los Angeles mounted a ninth-inning rally but fell short.

Mike Trout hit a three-run homer his first time up and Jefry Marte added a solo shot in the first for the Angels, giving Oberholtzer (1-1) a 4-0 advantage.

But he walked the first batter he faced and gave up Guillermo Heredia’s RBI double in the first, then allowed two singles and walked two batters in the second, ending his night.

“I walked the leadoff hitter and it just snowballed from there,” Oberholtzer said. “I thought I was making pretty quality pitches, but just going the wrong way.”

Jhoulys Chacin came on with the bases loaded and promptly walked in a run. The first out of the inning came when Heredia grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, driving in a run. Seattle got a second run on the play on second baseman Gregorio Petit’s throwing error, giving the Mariners a 5-4 lead.

The scoring didn’t end there. Five runs in the inning came with two outs, and the bottom of Seattle’s order did the most damage — the last four hitters in the lineup all reached base twice.

The Mariners sent 14 batters to the plate, getting six hits (all singles) and five walks.

Even after building a seven-run lead, the Mariners had a hard time putting this one away. Los Angeles scored four times in the ninth, aided by third baseman Kyle Seager’s error, before Edwin Diaz retired Trout with two on for his 12th save.

Juan Graterol hit a run-scoring double in his first major league at-bat, and Kole Calhoun had a two-run single with the bases loaded to make it 11-8.

Diaz entered and got Trout on a fly to deep center.

“It was just off the end a little bit,” Trout said. “That’s baseball. They came back and battled. We came back and battled tonight. To take a positive tonight, we fought to the end and had a chance in the ninth. That’s all you want.”

Nelson Cruz hit his 33rd homer in the eighth for the Mariners, who remained four games behind Baltimore and Detroit for the final AL playoff spot.

Ariel Miranda (2-1) had a rough start for Seattle, falling behind 3-0 after three batters. A walk and a single led to Trout’s 26th home run before Marte connected with two outs. Miranda, however, recovered to pitch six innings without allowing another run.


Graterol’s double drew a big reaction on the bench. The catcher was called up earlier in the year but did not appear in a game before being sent back down. This was his first major league game after 11 years in the minors. “He’s worked so hard to get here,” Scioscia said. “The guys in the dugout felt great for him.”


Both teams took advantage of September’s expanded rosters and added players. The Angels recalled Graterol and LHP Cody Ege, and selected the contract of RHP Andrew Bailey from Triple-A Salt Lake. They also activated 3B Yunel Escobar from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Seattle added OF Ben Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in a trade Wednesday, to the major league roster and recalled C Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma. Gamel started in right field and batted leadoff.


Trout said he was fine before the game and had no lingering pain, two days after he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on a Los Angeles freeway. He declined to go into specifics about the accident but said he was lucky it wasn’t more serious.


Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-3, 4.75 ERA) makes his eighth start of the season Saturday — and third against the Mariners. Skaggs is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA vs. Seattle.

Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-9, 4.19) has lost his last three decisions.

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