Taylor Ward’s sacrifice fly scored Magneuris Sierra in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels blew a three-run lead late before taking a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday-evening.
The Angels led 3-0 into the bottom of the ninth inning before Seattle scored three runs with two outs to force extra into extra time.
Ward’s flyball from Paul Sewald (3-3) was deep enough for Sierra to score easily and give the Angels the lead. Jimmy Herget threw a perfect bottom of the 10th to get the save.
Max Stassi hit a two-run homerun in the top of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 3-0 lead that turned out to be crucial when Seattle rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Seattle’s three-run rally in the ninth began when Jesse Winker walked with one out against Jesse Chavez (2-1). Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb singled and with two outs, Adam Frazier doubled to score Winker.
Ty France dribbled a single into midfield to score Lamb and Frazier and even made it 3-3 for the Mariners. Seattle had three hits in the first eight innings, then three in the ninth to force extra innings.
It was the first meeting between the teams since their wild brawl on June 26 that resulted in multiple suspensions and a few injuries. Both Seattle manager Scott Servais and Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said the pre-game incident was a thing of the past.
The Mariners rally ruined the night for Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, who lined up for his first win since May 22. Sandoval threw 5 1/3 shutout-innings and Aaron Loup and Jose Quijada held the shutout into the ninth.
Pitching was the story of the evening until the ninth inning for both sides. Sandoval hindered the Mariners in the sixth, while Seattle-starter Robbie Ray was great for seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
The only damage to Ray came in the first inning when Luis Rengifo doubled and Jo Adell followed with a broken single to give the Angels an early lead.
Ray was further dominant after getting rough in his previous two starts, both against Houston. Ray had five hits and had his sixth start this season with at least 10 strikeouts.
Former Angels IF David MacKinnon was claimed by Oakland today. MacKinnon was assigned to the assignment on Tuesday.
Seattle added Lamb to the roster and was nominated for Travis Jankowski’s assignment. Lamb was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers before the trade TUSEN and will now have the opportunity to play for his home team.
“I feel like I’ve been getting chills over and over for the past two days,” Lamb said.
Angels: IF David Fletcher was out of the lineup after being hit in the foot by a pitch in Thursday’s game against Oakland. He is expected back in the line-up on Saturday.
Mariners: OR Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is expected to resume his baseball activities this weekend and should not have to go on drug rehabilitation when his stint ends on the injured list. … IF/OF Dylan Moore (back cramps) is improving quickly and could be ready when his time on the IL ends. … RHP Diego Castillo (shoulder) threw a bullpen on Friday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow), acquired on the trading TUSEN, is likely to give a live batting practice early next week before going on a withdrawal order.
Angels: The Angels have not yet announced a starter for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.56) makes his 15th start of the season. Kirby has been below the pitch limits in his last two starts from the All-Star break. Kirby gave up two runs in his last start against Houston and struckout seven in four innings.