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Trumbo powers Angels past Mariners in the ninth

Jul 9, 2011 - 5:47 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Trumbo blasted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim edged the Seattle Mariners, 4-3.

The Angels, who took the opener of this four-game series 5-1 on Thursday, were powered by solo blasts from Trumbo, Erick Aybar, Vernon Wells and Hank Conger.

David Pauley (5-2) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth, but surrendered the decisive homer an inning later as the Mariners dropped their third straight.

"Pauley got us out of a jam in the eighth, but in the ninth he left it up and over the plate and Trumbo put a good swing on it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Usually you can live giving up solo homers, but four was too many."

Jordan Walden (2-2) threw a perfect ninth for the Angels, who have won nine of 11.

Aybar wasted little time getting the Angels on the board, lifting a leadoff home run inside the right field foul pole in the bottom of the first.

Seattle evened things up in the third, as Franklin Gutierrez began the frame with a single, advanced to second and third on Kyle Seager's fly out and Greg Halman's single, respectively, before crossing the plate on Ichiro Suzuki's groundout.

Consecutive singles from Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo placed runners on the corners in the fourth and Justin Smoak followed with a sac fly to bring home Ackley and put the Mariners on top.

The lead was short-lived, however, as another leadoff homer, this time off the bat of Wells, evened things up a half inning later.

The seesaw was in full effect by the fifth, as Halman ripped a one-out double, moved to third on Suzuki's bunt single and crossed the plate on Brendan Ryan's sac fly to left.

The Angels knotted things up in the seventh with their third solo shot of the game. Conger provided the game-tying blast to left, although Trumbo was caught stealing second during the at-bat. The rookie, however, would wholly redeem himself, ripping a 1-2 sinker over the fence in center to earn the dramatic win.

"It's awesome," Trumbo said of his first career walk-off homer. "I was looking to get something up. I was lucky to get something to work with."

Game Notes

Ervin Santana did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings for the Angels. His counterpart, Blake Beavan, surrendered two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames...Howie Kendrick pushed his hit streak to a career-high 17 games...Center fielder Mike Trout made his major league debut for the Angels on Friday. At 19, he's marked as the youngest player to make his big league debut since the Mariners' Felix Hernandez in 2005. Trout went 0-for-3.