Carp's HR boosts M's over AngelsAug 30, 2011 - 5:55 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Carp hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Mariners over the Angels, 5-3, in the opener of a four-game series.
Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI for the Mariners, who put the brakes on a three-game skid.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-0) set down the Angels in order in the top of the eighth to earn the win and Brandon League worked around a Mark Trumbo double in the ninth to record his 32nd save of the season.
Trumbo belted a two-run homer for the Angels, who have dropped three of four after a six-game win streak. They fell to 3 1/2 games behind the AL West- leading Rangers.
Hisanori Takahashi (3-3) spelled starter Joel Pineiro and allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings to suffer the loss.
Pineiro gave up three runs over six full frames, while Mariners starter Blake Beavan lasted seven innings and also surrendered three runs.
"We need depth in that rotation and Pineiro gave us a change to win tonight," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We just couldn't follow through on it."
Ackley's sac fly plated Ichiro Suzuki, who reached with a leadoff double in the first. An inning later, Kyle Seager's sac fly scored Miguel Olivio, who also reached with a leadoff double, as the Mariners took a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Trumbo followed a two-out Torii Hunter single with his 24th home run of the season. Vernon Wells then singled and scored on Erick Aybar's double into the gap in right-center, giving the Angels a 3-2 advantage.
Takahashi tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to temporarily preserve the lead, but Ackley doubled to begin the eighth and Carp belted the lefty reliever's first offering deep into the seats in right.
"(It was a) first pitch slider right over the plate," said Carp. "I just put a real good swing on it. I wanted to move the runner over, that was my job, and I did more than that, which is good."
The Angels brought the minimum to the plate in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Trumbo's double came with two outs in the ninth and League grounded out Vernon Wells to end the game.
The Angels have homered in 19 of their last 20 contests...Suzuki extended his hit streak to a season-high 12 games. Despite the sac fly, Seager went 0-for-3, as his career-high nine-game hit streak came to an end.
- LOS ANGELES: 3
Aug 30 12:50 AM
- Mike Carp none-out, two-run Home Run (8) to right scored Dustin Ackley. Miguel Olivo due up.
Angels 3, Mariners 5 Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 30 12:24 AM
- Dustin Ackley triple to right scored Ichiro Suzuki with two out. Runner on third and Mike Carp due up.
Angels 3, Mariners 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 29 11:35 PM
- Erick Aybar double to right scored Vernon Wells with two out. Runner on second and Peter Bourjos due up.
Angels 3, Mariners 2 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 29 11:11 PM
- Mark Trumbo two-out, two-run Home Run (24) to left scored Torii Hunter. Vernon Wells due up.
Angels 2, Mariners 2 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 29 11:07 PM
- Kyle Seager sacrifice fly to left scored Miguel Olivo with two out. Runner on first and Brendan Ryan due up.
Angels 0, Mariners 2 Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 29 10:41 PM
- Dustin Ackley sacrifice fly out to left scored Ichiro Suzuki. None on with two outs and Mike Carp due up.
Angels 0, Mariners 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 29 10:28 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 29 10:10 PM
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