Seattle at Los Angeles

Scoreboard
Seattle (51-63)005000000562
L.A. Angels (60-53) «003020001662

Trout, Angels win on wild pitch in 9th

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rookies are supposed to be overmatched against pitchers like Felix Hernandez. Mike Trout is no ordinary rookie.

Trout tied a career high with five RBI, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, and pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

"You're talking about one of the best pitchers in the game -- one of the top-five strikeout leaders -- and Trout stood up to him. That's the type of player he is," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said. "It shows he has the plate discipline. It doesn't matter who's on the mound. He's not afraid. He's ready to go. And that's what I love about him. He's a bulldog."

More on Mariners-Angels
Related links
More MLB coverage

Kendrys Morales led off the ninth against Josh Kinney (0-2) with his second double of the game and was replaced by Bourjos. Alberto Callaspo was intentionally walked, and both runners advanced on Howie Kendrick's sacrifice. Another intentional pass to Erick Aybar brought up pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis, who watched Kinney's 1-2 pitch skip past catcher John Jaso.

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri (1-0) earned his first American League win, striking out the side in the ninth on 13 pitches.

Ervin Santana ended up with a fortunate no-decision after falling behind 5-0 in the third on a two-run homer by Dustin Ackley and a three-run shot by Jaso on a 3-0 pitch. The right-hander was charged with four earned runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six.

"He just had a rough inning. That's all," Hunter said. "Guys just went over and tapped him on the shoulder to show him that we were going to battle through it. We got three runs and got some new life, then he settled down and got the breaking ball down a little bit and located the fastball better."

Hernandez allowed five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in seven innings with three strikeouts. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner was 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA over his previous 10 starts, lowering his ERA from 3.70 to 2.63 prior to facing the Angels. In two starts against them this season, he has yielded nine earned runs in 13 innings.

The Angels tied it 5-all in the fifth when Trout was credited with two RBI on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Eric Thames caught the ball in the right-field corner after a long run and collided with the short fence before making a return throw toward second base. Aybar kept running all the way from second after the catch, waved home by third base coach Dino Ebel, and scored behind Kendrick.

"On that play right there, you know that all three runners are going to tag up, and the guy at third base is definitely going to score," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "The guy at second base is definitely going to get to third base, so what you have to do is control the baseball and make sure the guy at second doesn't come all the way around. So Eric needed to hit the cutoff man, but what he ended up doing was [throwing over] him."

Trout, who celebrated his 21st birthday last Tuesday with a home run at Oakland, hit his 21st homer of the season in the third to slice Seattle's lead to 5-3 after Kendrick led off with a double and Aybar reached on an error by shortstop Brendan Ryan. Aybar was running on the 3-2 pitch to Trout, who leads all rookies with 60 RBI.

"I'm just comfortable right now," Trout said. "I got a good pitch to hit, a 3-2 changeup, and it was right in my wheelhouse. I was just trying to hit the ball up the middle and stay short with my swing."

Trout also had five RBI on Aug. 30, 2011, at Seattle -- a three-run homer, a solo shot and a bases-loaded walk. He is the first player to get two RBI on a sacrifice fly since teammate Albert Pujols did it with the Cardinals on June 7, 2009, against Colorado.

Hernandez was coming off a two-hitter in a 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium last Saturday. He had allowed only one home run in his previous 12 starts and 82 2/3 innings since giving up back-to-back homers by Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn of the White Sox on June 1 at Chicago.

"Felix didn't have his sharpest stuff tonight," Jaso said. "It was tough for him to throw his changeup righty-on-righty, and that's what Trout hit out. But I definitely don't want to take anything away from Trout because he's proven himself to be a great player. And driving that ball to right field to get that sac fly shows you right there how good he is. He stayed inside of it, knew what to do and hit it hard."

Notes

  • Hernandez and Santana are among four active pitchers with 200 or more big league starts who have made all of them with one team. The others are Detroit's Justin Verlander and San Francisco's Matt Cain.
  • Santana has served up eight homers in his last four outings. His career total is 192, second-most in Angels history behind Chuck Finley's 254.
  • Ryan, who came in leading AL shortstops with a .993 fielding percentage, returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a bruised left elbow.
  • Hernandez is third in the AL with 162 strikeouts, trailing Detroit teammates Max Scherzer (168) and Verlander (166).
  • Callaspo, who had a pinch-hit grand slam against Hernandez in the Angels' 5-3 victory on May 26 at Safeco Field, was 0 for 3 against him.
  • Santana has a 7.29 ERA during the first three innings and a 5.82 mark overall.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Peter Bourjos slides past Mariners pitcher Josh Kinney in the bottom of the ninth to provide the Angels with the winning run.  (Getty Images)
Peter Bourjos slides past Mariners pitcher Josh Kinney in the bottom of the ninth to provide the Angels with the winning run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 5
Seattle

J. Jaso
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

Related Video

November 25, 2014
Seahawks at 49ers Preview (3:13)
November 18, 2014
La Canfora on Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks
(2:32)
November 16, 2014
TOPS: Who's got the edge? (11/16)
(4:35)
October 28, 2014
Warren Moon on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(9:30)
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, 2B4112021 .222
Michael Saunders, CF4110000 .248
Jesus Montero, DH4120000 .270
    Chone Figgins, PR-DH0000000 .178
John Jaso, C3113101 .283
Kyle Seager, 3B4000021 .249
Mike Carp, 1B3000010 .213
Casper Wells, LF4000021 .233
Eric Thames, RF4110020 .240
Brendan Ryan, SS3000022 .202
Totals33565111  
Batting
2B - Michael Saunders (27, Santana)
HR - Dustin Ackley (9, Santana), John Jaso (6, Santana)
RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (37), John Jaso 3 (34)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Brendan Ryan (4, Misplayed grounder), Eric Thames (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 7554131 2.74
Josh Kinney (L,0-2) 1.1111220 5.40
IBB - Callaspo by Josh Kinney, by Aybar
WP - Josh Kinney (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 104-65, Josh Kinney 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 9-10, Josh Kinney 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 28, Josh Kinney 7
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF3115010 .345
Torii Hunter, RF4000010 .291
Albert Pujols, 1B4000001 .281
Mark Trumbo, LF4000010 .288
Kendrys Morales, DH4020000 .282
    Peter Bourjos, PR-DH0100000 .227
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000111 .243
Howard Kendrick, 2B3220001 .285
Erick Aybar, SS3210100 .268
Chris Iannetta, C2000112 .207
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH0000000 .251
Totals3066535  
a-?? for Iannetta in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kendrys Morales 2 (15, Hernandez, Kinney), Howard Kendrick (17, Hernandez)
HR - Mike Trout (21, Hernandez)
SF - Mike Trout (7)
SH - Howard Kendrick (4)
RBI - Mike Trout 5 (65)
SB - Erick Aybar (8, 2nd base off Hernandez/Jaso)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick, Pujols-Aybar
E - Howard Kendrick (9, Misplayed grounder), Albert Pujols (6, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana 6.1554162 5.82
Hisanori Takahashi 0.2000010 4.62
Kevin Jepsen 1100010 3.68
Ernesto Frieri (W,2-0) 1000030 1.96
HBP - Carp (by Ervin Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 91-62, Hisanori Takahashi 5-4, Kevin Jepsen 11-7, Ernesto Frieri 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-6, Kevin Jepsen 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Hisanori Takahashi 2, Kevin Jepsen 3, Ernesto Frieri 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39016
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Paul Schrieber