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Late offense helps M's sink Angels

Jun 27, 2015 - 5:33 AM Anaheim, CA ( - Nelson Cruz struck the go-ahead RBI double and Robinson Cano added an insurance solo homer as Seattle came through with a 3-1 decision over the Halos on Friday.

Brad Miller ended up 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and knocked in the other run for the Mariners.

Taijuan Walker (6-6) tossed seven solid innings, giving up a run on seven hits while fanning six. Fernando Rodney struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up his 15th save.

"I felt pretty good out there. I was attacking everyone. I'm more confident on the mound than I was earlier in the season, staying calm at key points," Walker noted.

Mike Trout's solo homer was the lone meaningful offense for the Angels, while Matt Shoemaker (4-6) pitched into the seventh, allowing seven hits and a pair of runs.

Cano upped the visitors' margin to 3-1 with a leadoff solo shot in the eighth, and that advantage held in the home half when Johnny Giavotella grounded into a 5-4-3 double play with two on and one out against Carson Smith.

Rodney only had to work around a Matt Joyce single before retiring the next two batters to preserve the winning margin.

"'Shoe' had great velocity and good command. He pitched well and gave us a chance to win. We just couldn't get that one key hit," lamented Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Trout's 19th homer of the season put the Halos on the board in the bottom of the first, and Shoemaker held the M's in check until the fifth.

Mark Trumbo led off with a double, moved up on a groundout and scored on a Miller two-bagger. Seattle failed to build on that when Mike Zunino popped out and Logan Morrison grounded out.

The Mariners moved ahead in the next frame as Austin Jackson reached on an infield hit and scored when Cruz doubled two batters later.

Seattle had the bases loaded in the seventh on a pair of singles and intentional walk, but Jackson grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to keep it a one-run margin.

Game Notes

Walker has worked at least six innings in each of his last six starts ... Angels shortstop Erick Aybar exited the game with tightness in his left hamstring ... With the loss, Los Angeles' record dipped to the .500 mark for the 18th time this season in 74 games.