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SEATTLE -- Nearly two months later, the Angels are starting to resemble the team they expected to be coming out of spring straining.
Kendrys Morales had three hits, including a home run, scored twice and drove in two runs to help the Los Angeles Angels complete their first four-game road sweep of the Seattle Mariners in 27 years with a 4-2 victory Sunday.
At one point in late April, the Angels were 7-15. But they've pulled themselves within one game of .500 (24-25) and 6 1-2 games behind rival Texas in the AL West.
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"We got off to a rough start but everyone stayed on an even keel," said Mark Trumbo, who hit a solo homer in the seventh. "We have confidence in what we're doing now. This is the style of play we knew we could do. I don't see any reason why we can't continue."
C.J. Wilson (6-4) earned the win, allowing two hits and one run before leaving after six innings with a blister on his left hand.
"We don't need to score five runs in an inning. We just need one run, one run, one run," Wilson said. "Sometimes it's a home run, sometimes it's a stolen base.
The Angels added a run in the ninth on Howie Kendrick's sacrifice fly, scoring Morales. The batter before, Morales advanced to third on another fly ball.
"This is like we envisioned during spring training, as offense that coalesces into a multifaceted unit, speed guys, power guys," Wilson said. "The last run we scored was a sac fly but Kendrys tagged up from second on the flyout to center field. That's why he scored. We have to get greedy every time we score a run."
The Angels have won season-high six straight games, the longest current streak in the majors. They last swept the Mariners in four games here from April 25-28, 1985.
Morales and Trumbo each hit solo home runs off Mariners starter Hector Noesi (2-6). Both came on 0-2 pitches.
The Mariners have lost four in a row.
Wilson, who struck out five and walked two, yielded a two-out double to Jesus Montero in the fourth followed by Justin Smoak's RBI single to right.
Mike Trout opened the game with a single to right and stole second. He scored on Morales' two-out single to left.
The Mariners closed it to one run in the seventh when Montero scored from third on a wild pitch.
|Mark Trumbo connects for a seventh-inning home run as the Angels top the Mariners for their sixth straight win. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.302|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.227|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.290|
|Mark Trumbo, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.324|
|Kole Calhoun, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.256|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.215|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Bobby Wilson, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.169|
|2B - Kendrys Morales (5, Kelley), Peter Bourjos (3, Noesi)|
|HR - Kendrys Morales (4, Noesi), Mark Trumbo (7, Noesi)|
|SF - Howard Kendrick (2)|
|RBI - Kendrys Morales 2 (14), Mark Trumbo (20), Howard Kendrick (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kendrys Morales (3)|
|SB - Mike Trout 2 (8, 2nd base off Noesi/Olivo, 2nd base off Noesi/Olivo)|
|CS - Erick Aybar (1, 2nd base by Noesi/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Wilson-Kendrick, Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols|
|PB - Bobby Wilson (1)|
|E - Alberto Callaspo (1, Throwing), Scott Downs (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|C.J. Wilson (W,6-4)||6||2||1||1||2||5||0||2.77|
|Jordan Walden (H,4)||1||0||1||1||1||2||0||3.07|
|Ernesto Frieri (H,4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.19|
|Scott Downs (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|WP - Jordan Walden 2 (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 88-54, Jordan Walden 20-10, Ernesto Frieri 13-8, Scott Downs 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 9-3, Jordan Walden 1-0, Ernesto Frieri 1-1, Scott Downs 2-0|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 21, Jordan Walden 4, Ernesto Frieri 4, Scott Downs 4|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.242|
|Chone Figgins, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.178|
|a- Michael Saunders, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.224|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.271|
|Jesus Montero, DH||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.247|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.224|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.259|
|Alex Liddi, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.250|
|Miguel Olivo, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|b- John Jaso, PH-C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.246|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.172|
|a-struck out for Figgins in the 8th|
|b-walked for Olivo in the 8th|
|2B - Jesus Montero (8, Wilson)|
|SH - Chone Figgins (6), Brendan Ryan (2)|
|RBI - Justin Smoak (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (10)|
|SB - Justin Smoak (1, 3rd base off Downs/Wilson)|
|CS - Miguel Olivo (2, 2nd base by Wilson/Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Hector Noesi (L,2-6)||8||5||3||3||2||0||2||5.01|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 102-68, Shawn Kelley 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 13-10|
|Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 30, Shawn Kelley 4|
|Attendance - 24467|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|