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SEATTLE -- Mike Carp instantly knows that feeling when he makes perfect contact with a pitch.
"You don't feel it. It's just one of those things you know right when you hit it," Carp said, "just one of those great feelings."
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Dustin Ackley, who had three hits and a pair of RBI, opened the eighth with a double. Carp then hit the pitch from Hisanori Takahashi (3-3) into a fan's lap in the second-deck restaurant in left field.
"After he hit it I just stopped. I'm just going to watch this ball and see where it ends up," Ackley said. "Even in BP, you don't see many balls land up that high, especially a first-pitch breaking ball like that. That's pretty impressive."
The ball was estimated to have traveled 432 feet.
"That's the longest one of the year," Carp said. "That definitely feels better than all the other ones so far."
Carp, a rookie who is hitting .313 with eight home runs and 31 RBI since his second recall from Triple-A on June 7, has 22 RBI in August. Danny Tartabull holds the club record with 25 RBI in a month, in July 1986.
"It just means I'm playing well and doing what I should do," he said. "I want to drive in runs and hit the ball hard. They've given me a chance, putting me in the cleanup spot, and I'm doing the best I can to take advantage of the opportunity."
The loss dropped the Angels 3½ games behind idle Texas in the AL West.
"This last month is really going to hinge on our ability to generate enough offense to absorb one pitch that isn't in the right zone," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't do that tonight."
Takahashi said his pitch to Carp was in that wrong zone.
"I wanted it down and away," he said through an interpreter, "but it was on the opposite side."
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo hit his team-leading 24th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth.
Ichiro Suzuki had two doubles and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games.
Suzuki has 40 career double-digit hitting streaks, tied with Pete Rose for the fifth most since 1918. The others in front of him are Ty Cobb (65), Hank Aaron (44), Al Simmons (42) and Stan Musial (41).
"He looks like he's a little more under control out there," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Suzuki. "It allows his hands to work better, stay through the ball a little better."
Suzuki is hitting .370 during his streak. He started the Mariners off in the first with a second-pitch double off Joel Pineiro that bounced over the right-center wall. Franklin Gutierrez singled to left, moving Suzuki to third. Gutierrez later was caught in rundown.
Ackley, a home run shy of the cycle, sent Suzuki home with a sacrifice fly to left.
Trumbo tied it with two outs in the fourth. Torii Hunter singled just before Trumbo launched his ball off the left-field upper-deck facade, on a 1-0 pitch from Blake Beavan. The Angels have had at least one home run in 19 of their past 20 games.
The Angels added another in the inning. Vernon Wells singled to center followed by Erick Aybar's RBI double into deep right-center.
The Mariners tied it in the fifth, also with two outs. Suzuki doubled into the gap in left. Ackley drove a run-scoring triple into the gap in right for a 3-3 score.
Ackley, who made his big-league debut June 16, has at least one hit in 46 of his 62 games. He's now hitting .291.
The Angels had something going in the seventh with speedy Aybar on first and one out. With Aybar breaking for second, Peter Bourjos hit a line shot to left. Casper Wells raced in, caught on the run and quickly fired to first to double up Aybar.
Wells, who also threw Bourjos out at second base in the third when he tried to stretch a single, said, "that's my favorite thing to do, come up throwing."
Trumbo doubled with two outs in the ninth but League induced Wells to ground out to short.
|Mike Carp's eighth-inning home run gives him 22 RBI in August, just three shy of the club record for a month. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.298|
|Bobby Abreu, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.258|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.216|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Hank Conger, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|2B - Mark Trumbo (27, League), Erick Aybar (26, Beavan)|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (24, Beavan)|
|RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (73), Erick Aybar (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (26), Erick Aybar (20)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Hisanori Takahashi (L,3-3)||1.2||3||2||2||1||1||1||4.07|
|IBB - Wells by Hisanori Takahashi|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 88-54, Hisanori Takahashi 33-19, Rich Thompson 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-7, Hisanori Takahashi 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 26, Hisanori Takahashi 9, Rich Thompson 1|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.275|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||3||1||3||2||0||0||0||.291|
|Mike Carp, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.291|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Adam Kennedy, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.233|
|Casper Wells, LF||1||0||0||0||3||1||1||.257|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||4||.298|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.255|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (18, Pineiro, Pineiro), Dustin Ackley (13, Takahashi), Miguel Olivo (14, Pineiro), Adam Kennedy (21, Pineiro)|
|3B - Dustin Ackley (6, Pineiro)|
|HR - Mike Carp (8, Takahashi)|
|SF - Dustin Ackley (2), Kyle Seager (1)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (30), Mike Carp 2 (31), Kyle Seager (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (8)|
|SB - Miguel Olivo (6, 2nd base off Takahashi/Conger)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 2|
|DP - Ryan-Ackley-Carp, Wells-Carp|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.09|
|Brandon League (S,32)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.98|
|Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 99-63, Tom Wilhelmsen 15-9, Brandon League 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 11-7, Brandon League 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 26, Tom Wilhelmsen 3, Brandon League 4|
|Attendance - 16990|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Jerry Layne|