Angels again expose Mariners bullpen, rally for 6-3 victory

SEATTLE (AP) Another late rally and another stellar performance by their bullpen have the Los Angeles Angels in position for a playoff spot in the American League.

Yes there are still 44 games to go, but the Angels find themselves holding one of the two wild card spots in the AL.

''Everybody thinks we're overachieving but we think we deserve to be there,'' reliever Keynan Middleton said.

Luis Valbuena's two-run homer in the seventh inning pulled Los Angeles even, Albert Pujols added a two-run double in the eighth and the Angels rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

It was the fifth straight win for the Angels and third straight over the Mariners, allowing Los Angeles to leap past Seattle and Minnesota in the wild card standings. In each of the three games, the Mariners' issues with their bullpen have festered.

Valbuena's homer came off reliever Casey Lawrence and after the Mariners got six surprisingly strong innings out of starter Erasmo Ramirez. It was just the third hit of the month for Valbuena, who is batting .103 in August.

Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trouble in the eighth. Zych walked the first two batters before giving up Pujols' double to the gap that scored Ben Revere and Mike Trout. Kole Calhoun's single and Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly scored Pujols for a three-run lead.

Seattle's bullpen has allowed 13 runs in the first three games of the series, versus just three runs allowed by the Angels' bullpen.

''The story of our season is that we've been up and down,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''We were on a really good high here. We played great on the road trip, but coming back home where our bullpen has been so good the majority of the year, we stubbed our toe.''

The Mariners got a strong start from Ramirez after he underperformed in his first two starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Ramirez allowed three hits and one unearned run. But all the good from Ramirez's start was quickly undone by the bullpen. Lawrence gave up a one-out single to C.J. Cron and Valbuena's line-drive homer to right field to tie the game at 3-all, followed by Zych's issues in the eighth.

While Seattle's bullpen has struggled, the Angels' relievers have been solid. Starter JC Ramirez was done after five innings following Kyle Seager's 18th home run that gave Seattle a 3-1 lead. Jesse Chavez allowed four hits in 1 2/3 innings but was not scored on, helped by two Mariners getting caught stealing and a perfect relay to get Yonder Alonso trying to score from first on Robinson Cano's double in the seventh. Cano was stranded at third as Middleton (4-0) got Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the inning.

Blake Parker worked the eighth allowing one single and Cam Bedrosian pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

''We're not going to get there unless our bullpen continues to perform the way they have,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''They've been holding up. Like I said, they've been used a lot but very, very effective.''

RETIREMENT

Seattle hitting coach Edgar Martinez got the night off from his regular job as the Mariners retired his No. 11 during an emotional pregame ceremony. It's the second number retired by the club, joining the No. 24 of Ken Griffey Jr. The Mariners made the decision to honor Martinez after he jumped to nearly 59 percent of the vote in baseball Hall of Fame voting this year, in the hope that Martinez gains the needed 75 percent in his final two years of eligibility.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

Angels: RHP Andrew Bailey was reinstated from the disabled list after being out since April due to shoulder troubles. Scioscia said Bailey will be used in some low-leverage situations to start with. The Angels optioned outfielder Cesar Puello to clear a roster spot.

Mariners: Seattle's bullpen shuffle continued with the club selecting RHP Christian Bergman from Triple-A Tacoma and optioning RHP Andrew Moore to help in the bullpen. Moore threw 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on Friday night. Bergman was primarily a starter with the Mariners earlier this season going 4-4 with a 5.44 ERA in nine games, eight starts.

UP NEXT

Angels: Parker Bridwell (6-1) goes for his fifth straight victory. Bridwell allowed one run over seven innings in his last start against Baltimore.

Mariners: Ariel Miranda (7-5) looks to stop his recent slide. Miranda is winless in his last six starts, his last victory coming on June 30.

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AngelsLAA60-58
000010230680
MarinersSEA59-59
0020100003131
  • W: K. Middleton (4-0)L: T. Zych (5-3)S: C. Bedrosian (5)
  • HR: LAA - L. Valbuena (12), SEA - K. Seager (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Revere LF41000102.252.284.322.6062.0
M. Trout CF31100100.345.469.6981.1673.0
A. Pujols DH41120001.231.273.378.6515.0
K. Calhoun RF30100100.243.319.371.6902.0
A. Simmons SS30010001.303.356.461.8171.0
C. Cron 1B42200011.262.312.433.7454.5
L. Valbuena 3B41121022.187.260.374.6346.0
C. Pennington 2B00000000.243.306.299.6050.0
M. Maldonado C40200011.233.298.390.6883.5
K. Cowart 3B40000002.300.364.480.8442.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS50300001.319.373.440.8125.0
    Y. Alonso 1B50200003.260.359.506.8652.0
    R. Cano 2B41100113.273.335.464.7983.5
    N. Cruz DH40110013.288.370.548.9181.5
    K. Seager 3B41221002.258.329.453.7838.0
    B. Gamel LF30100110.298.347.423.7701.5
    J. Dyson CF40200014.255.326.357.6840.5
    M. Zunino C40000022.212.285.451.735-1.0
    L. Martin RF31100110.173.214.276.4891.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (12), C. Cron (8), M. Maldonado 2 (15)
      • HR - L. Valbuena (12)
      • SF - A. Simmons (6)
      • RBI - A. Pujols 2 (72), A. Simmons (54), L. Valbuena 2 (38)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Cano (24)
      • HR - K. Seager (18)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (93), K. Seager 2 (62)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (31), K. Seager 2 (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Cowart (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Segura (17)
      • CS - J. Dyson (7), L. Martin (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (8)
      • DP - K. Cowart, C. Cron, A. Simmons
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Bergman, Y. Alonso, R. Cano, J. Segura, K. Seager
      • E - Y. Alonso (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Ramirez5.07333414.261.354.0
      J. Chavez1.24000005.291.43-1.0
      K. Middleton (W, 4-0)0.10000003.991.337.0
      B. Parker (H, 12)1.01000202.440.913.0
      C. Bedrosian (S, 5)1.01000103.671.199.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Ramirez5.0
      J. Chavez1.2
      K. Middleton (W, 4-0)0.1
      B. Parker (H, 12)1.0
      C. Bedrosian (S, 5)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Ramirez6.03101104.731.1817.5
      C. Lawrence (BS, 1)1.02220116.581.74-0.5
      T. Zych (L, 5-3)1.02332202.791.27-8.0
      C. Bergman1.01000005.321.442.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Ramirez6.0
      C. Lawrence (BS, 1)1.0
      T. Zych (L, 5-3)1.0
      C. Bergman1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 96-56, J. Chavez 31-18, K. Middleton 5-2, B. Parker 17-14, C. Bedrosian 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 4-6, K. Middleton 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 24, J. Chavez 6, K. Middleton, B. Parker 4, C. Bedrosian 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 82-55, C. Lawrence 18-10, T. Zych 26-14, C. Bergman 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 8-9, C. Bergman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 22, C. Lawrence 5, T. Zych 7, C. Bergman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AngelsLAA60-58
      000010230680
      MarinersSEA59-59
      0020100003131
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Revere LF41000102.252.284.322.6062.0
      M. Trout CF31100100.345.469.6981.1673.0
      A. Pujols DH41120001.231.273.378.6515.0
      K. Calhoun RF30100100.243.319.371.6902.0
      A. Simmons SS30010001.303.356.461.8171.0
      C. Cron 1B42200011.262.312.433.7454.5
      L. Valbuena 3B41121022.187.260.374.6346.0
      C. Pennington 2B00000000.243.306.299.6050.0
      M. Maldonado C40200011.233.298.390.6883.5
      K. Cowart 3B40000002.300.364.480.8442.0
      Total3368513410-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Segura SS50300001.319.373.440.8125.0
        Y. Alonso 1B50200003.260.359.506.8652.0
        R. Cano 2B41100113.273.335.464.7983.5
        N. Cruz DH40110013.288.370.548.9181.5
        K. Seager 3B41221002.258.329.453.7838.0
        B. Gamel LF30100110.298.347.423.7701.5
        J. Dyson CF40200014.255.326.357.6840.5
        M. Zunino C40000022.212.285.451.735-1.0
        L. Martin RF31100110.173.214.276.4891.5
        Total36313313718-----
        HITTERSAB
        J. Segura SS5
        Y. Alonso 1B5
        R. Cano 2B4
        N. Cruz DH4
        K. Seager 3B4
        B. Gamel LF3
        J. Dyson CF4
        M. Zunino C4
        L. Martin RF3
        Total36
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Pujols (12), C. Cron (8), M. Maldonado 2 (15)
          • HR - L. Valbuena (12)
          • SF - A. Simmons (6)
          • RBI - A. Pujols 2 (72), A. Simmons (54), L. Valbuena 2 (38)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Cano (24)
          • HR - K. Seager (18)
          • RBI - N. Cruz (93), K. Seager 2 (62)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (31), K. Seager 2 (20)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Cowart (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Segura (17)
          • CS - J. Dyson (7), L. Martin (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (8)
          • DP - K. Cowart, C. Cron, A. Simmons
          FIELDING
          • DP - C. Bergman, Y. Alonso, R. Cano, J. Segura, K. Seager
          • E - Y. Alonso (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Ramirez5.07333414.261.354.0
          J. Chavez1.24000005.291.43-1.0
          K. Middleton (W, 4-0)0.10000003.991.337.0
          B. Parker (H, 12)1.01000202.440.913.0
          C. Bedrosian (S, 5)1.01000103.671.199.5
          Total9.01333371---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Ramirez5.0
          J. Chavez1.2
          K. Middleton (W, 4-0)0.1
          B. Parker (H, 12)1.0
          C. Bedrosian (S, 5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Ramirez6.03101104.731.1817.5
          C. Lawrence (BS, 1)1.02220116.581.74-0.5
          T. Zych (L, 5-3)1.02332202.791.27-8.0
          C. Bergman1.01000005.321.442.0
          Total9.0865341---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Ramirez6.0
          C. Lawrence (BS, 1)1.0
          T. Zych (L, 5-3)1.0
          C. Bergman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 96-56, J. Chavez 31-18, K. Middleton 5-2, B. Parker 17-14, C. Bedrosian 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 4-6, K. Middleton 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 24, J. Chavez 6, K. Middleton, B. Parker 4, C. Bedrosian 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Ramirez 82-55, C. Lawrence 18-10, T. Zych 26-14, C. Bergman 9-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Ramirez 8-9, C. Bergman 2-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Ramirez 22, C. Lawrence 5, T. Zych 7, C. Bergman 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Simmons hit sacrifice fly to left, Pujols scored63
            Pujols doubled to left center, Revere and Trout scored53
          • 7TH INNING
            Valbuena homered to right center, Cron scored33
          • 5TH INNING
            Seager homered to center13
            Cowart safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Cron scored12
          • 3RD INNING
            Seager singled to right center, Cano scored, Cruz to second02
            Cruz singled to left, Martin scored, Cano to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Christian Bergman relieved Tony Zych
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado doubled to left center
            • K. Cowart: Foul, Cowart hit into double play pitcher to shortstop to third to second, Maldonado out at third
            • B. Revere: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Revere grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved Blake Parker
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura singled to center
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to right
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Segura to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano flied out to deep center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tony Zych relieved Casey Lawrence
            • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Revere walked
            • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Revere to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols doubled to left center, Revere and Trout scored
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to shallow right, Pujols to third
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Simmons hit sacrifice fly to left, Pujols scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Parker relieved Keynan Middleton
            • Cliff Pennington at second
            • Kaleb Cowart at third
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager flied out to deep left
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Dyson singled to shallow center
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Casey Lawrence relieved Erasmo Ramirez
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons flied out to left
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to left
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Valbuena homered to right center, Cron scored
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cowart lined out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to right
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to right center
            • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cano doubled to deep right center, Alonso out at home, Cano to third
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Jesse Chavez
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved JC Ramirez
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dyson singled to right
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dyson caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Zunino flied out to deep center
            • L. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Martin reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Martin picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron doubled to deep left
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Valbuena grounded out to second, Cron to third
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado flied out to right
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cowart safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error, Cron scored
            • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Cowart stole second, Foul, Revere lined out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Cano flied out to right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • K. Seager: Ball, Seager homered to center
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gamel grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout flied out to left
            • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pujols lined out to center
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
            • J. Segura: Ball, Segura singled to right
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Segura stole second, Alonso lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maldonado doubled to left center
            • K. Cowart: Foul, Cowart lined out to center
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Revere lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Segura grounded out to first, Martin to second
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Alonso popped out to shortstop
            • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cano walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz singled to left, Martin scored, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Seager singled to right center, Cano scored, Cruz to second
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gamel walked, Cruz to third, Seager to second
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dyson struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons popped out to shortstop
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gamel singled to center
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Dyson flied out to center
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zunino grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gamel out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Ramirez Pitching:
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Revere grounded out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout singled to center
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura singled to center
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to right, Segura to second
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Seager flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)