SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Trout did his part to upstage Seattle’s celebration for Ken Griffey Jr.
The Los Angeles Angels bullpen failed to finish what Trout started.
Trout hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added an RBI triple in the third, but the Mariners rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and beat the Angels 8-6 on Saturday night.
Shawn O’Malley, once a property of the Angels, delivered the decisive blow with a three-run homer off Deolis Guerra with two outs in the seventh to cap Seattle’s rally and a celebratory night for the Mariners franchise after the retirement of Griffey’s No. 24 before the game.
The Angels led 5-1 after Trout scored on Albert Pujols’ sacrifice fly, but the Mariners continued to chip away and took advantage of the continued shuffling in the Angels’ bullpen.
“There’s a reason for moving parts. If we can’t stop the struggles, we at least have to get guys to come in, in certain situations, and match up,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re going to continue to work on that. We feel we have some good arms down there. We feel they can come in there, into games, and hopefully make pitches. We had trouble doing that tonight.”
Trout’s 21st homer marked his second straight game with a three-run shot in the first that the Angels pitching staff failed to protect. Tyler Skaggs pitched into the sixth inning, but gave up four runs including home runs to Guillermo Heredia and Franklin Gutierrez.
“You can’t just fall behind and expect to blow fastballs by people,” Skaggs said. “I take today as a learning experience, there’s going to be ups and downs. I worked out of some jams.”
The Angels escaped one major jam in the sixth when Seattle left the bases loaded. Reliever Mike Morin fell behind 3-0 to Gutierrez, who was given the freedom to swing and popped up to shortstop for the second out. Robinson Cano then popped out to right field to end the threat.
But Seattle capitalized in the seventh. Jose Valdez (0-1) got Nelson Cruz for the first out of the seventh then lost his command with three straight walks. Valdez was called up from the minors earlier on Saturday.
“He looked good against Cruz. He threw some really good breaking balls but then just lost his release point,” Scioscia said.
Guerra got Martin’s fly ball for the second out but missed his spot to O’Malley, who turned on the 0-1 pitch for his second home run of the season. O’Malley grew up just a few hours southeast of Seattle and idolized Griffey. By the end of the night, the fans that chanted for Griffey before the game were chanting for O’Malley.
“Confidence has gotten into him,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said of O’Malley. “He believes he’s a big league player and I think you’re seeing it in front of our eyes.”
Drew Storen (2-3) got the final out of the seventh to pick up the victory and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
But the star for Seattle was Cody Martin, who pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Taijuan Walker. Martin allowed only two hits, one of them an infield single.
Angels: RHP Tim Lincecum was designated for assignment on Saturday after giving up six runs in the first inning a night earlier. Lincecum was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts with the Angels.
Angels: Matt Shoemaker (6-11) will go for his second straight victory. Over his last 15 starts, Shoemaker has a 2.85 ERA.
Mariners: James Paxton (3-5) looks to build on his last start when he allowed one run in eight innings against Boston but ended up being left out of the decision.
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