SEATTLE (AP) — Taijuan Walker did a much better job of rebounding from a bad outing than the Los Angeles Angels.
Walker, who lasted just three innings in his previous start, allowed one run on four hits over seven innings to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 10-1 victory over the Angels on Monday night, dropping Los Angeles four games back in the AL wild card race.
“He really bounced back,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I’m really proud of the way he goes about his business. He has the ability now to turn the page, good or bad, and get ready for the next one.”
Los Angeles, coming off a 5-3 loss Sunday when Houston scored five runs after two out in the ninth, is four games behind New York and Texas, and three games behind Minnesota. The Yankees, Rangers and Twins all won Monday night. Cleveland also won to move within a half-game of the Angels.
“We’re not that far away from being that team that can on a streak and that is what we are going to work towards,” Scioscia said.
Seth Smith’s two-run homer keyed a three-run second as the Mariners erased a 1-0 deficit. Seattle broke it open with six runs in the seventh to make it 10-1.
Walker (11-8) struck out seven with no walks. After walking 23 batters through his first nine starts, the 23-year-old right-hander has just 17 over his last 20 starts.
“I struggled a lot in the beginning of the season,” Walker said. “I’ve had some times where I hit stretches of good starts and I’ve had some times where I’ve had a couple of bad starts. So, it’s kind of been a real learning experience the whole year.”
Angels starter Garrett Richards (13-11) gave up four runs on five hits in six innings, but struggled with his control. Two of the four walks he issued came around to score, and he wild-pitched in another run.
“Tonight, I was a little bit flat,” Richards said. “I was struggling with command of all pitches. It was just kind of one of those nights.”
The game was the first of a 10-game road trip for the Angels, who fell to 28-40 on the road. The defending AL West champs play at Minnesota and Houston to close out the trip.
Smith’s 11th home run followed a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano and put the Mariners up 2-1. Mark Trumbo then reached on an infield single and advanced on Logan Morrison’s comebacker to the mound. Shawn O’Malley followed with another infield single. Trumbo then scored on a wild pitch.
“We bounced right back and scored a couple and then the ability to add on against a real tough pitcher,” McClendon said “And, he didn’t have his best stuff tonight. His command was off, but we still had some pretty good at-bats.”
Angels: Right-hander Nick Tropeano (1-2, 5.66 ERA) makes his fifth start this season and second since being recalled Sept. 1 from Triple-A Salt Lake. Allowed three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in his last start.
Mariners: Felix Hernandez (17-8 , 3.49 ERA) has won his last three starts, pitching eight innings each time. In his last start, allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings against Texas. The right-hander’s 17 victories are the second-most in his career (19 in 2009).
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, sidelined with a right forearm strain, is scheduled to be evaluated after throwing on Tuesday, manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’ll throw a sim game tomorrow,” Scioscia said. “We’ll have to see where he is. Two innings.” 2B Johnny Giavotella, out three weeks with a vision problem, has been cleared to resume batting practice on Tuesday. Scioscia was not sure if, or when, Giavotella might return. “First and foremost, Johnny has to go through the paces to make sure that he’s healthy. And, that’s not going to involve only some batting practice, but about getting out here, getting aggressive in pregame, probably seeing some live pitching.”
Mariners: IF-OF Brad Miller, a late scratch Sunday with neck spasms, was not in the starting lineup. “He’s still not there yet,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Pinch run, maybe.” Miller pinch ran in the seventh and then stayed in the game at second base.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Mike Trout was called safe diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt by Walker with two outs in the third. The Mariners challenged and the call was overturned after an estimated review of 1:59.
BANDY’S DEBUT: Angels catcher Jett Bandy made his major-league debut as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.
10 IS TOO MUCH: The Angels allowed at least 10 runs for the seventh time this season, and they have lost all seven.
Mariners 10, Angels 1
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E_K.Marte (4). DP_Seattle 2. LOB_Los Angeles 3, Seattle 8. 2B_K.Marte (10), Cano (34), S.Smith (30), Trumbo (11). HR_S.Smith (11).
HBP_by T.Walker (Freese). WP_Richards, C.Ramos.
Umpires_Home, Kerwin Danley; First, Alan Porter; Second, Brian O’Nora; Third, Mark Ripperger.
T_2:59. A_13,681 (47,574).
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