Taylor Ward’s sacrifice fly scored Magneuris Sierra in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels blew a three-run lead late before pulling out a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
The Angels led 3–0 going to the bottom of the ninth before Seattle scored three times with two outs to force extra innings.
Ward’s grounder off Paul Sewald (3-3) was deep enough for Sierra to easily score and give the Angels the lead. Jimmy Herget hit a perfect bottom of the 10 for the save.
Max Stassi hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 3–0 lead that proved critical as Seattle rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Seattle’s three-run rally in the ninth started when Jesse Winker walked with one out against Jesse Chavez (2-1). Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb singled, and with two outs, Adam Frazier doubled to score Winker.
Ty France dribbled a single into center field to score Lamb and Frazier and pull the Mariners even at 3-3. Seattle had three hits through the first eight innings, then strung together three in the ninth to force extra innings.
It was the first game between the teams since their wild brawl on June 26 that resulted in several suspensions and a few injuries. Both Seattle manager Scott Servais and Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said the pregame incident was in the past.
The Mariners rally ruined the night for Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, who was in line for his first win since May 22. Sandoval threw 5 1/3 shutout innings, and Aaron Loup and Jose Quijada kept the shutout going in the ninth.
Pitching was the story of the night until the ninth inning for both sides. Sandoval shutout the Mariners in the sixth, while Seattle starter Robbie Ray was terrific for seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
The only damage against Ray came in the first inning when Luis Rengifo doubled and Jo Adell followed with a broken bat single to give the Angels the early lead.
Ray was otherwise dominant after being hit hard in his previous two starts, both against Houston. Ray scattered five hits and had his sixth start this season with at least 10 strikeouts.
Former Angels IF David MacKinnon was claimed off waivers today by Oakland. MacKinnon had been designated for assignment on Tuesday.
Seattle added Lamb to the roster and designated for assignment OF Travis Jankowski. Lamb was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers before the trade deadline and now gets the chance to play for his hometown team.
“I feel like I’ve had chills the last two days over and over and over again,” Lamb said.
Angels: IF David Fletcher was out after being hit in the foot by a pitch in Thursday’s game against Oakland. He is expected back in the lineup on Saturday.
Mariners: AF Julio Rodriguez (wrist) is expected to resume baseball action this weekend and should not need to go on a rehab assignment when his stint on the injured list ends. … IF/OF Dylan Moore (back spasms) is recovering quickly and could be ready when his time on IL ends. … RHP Diego Castillo (shoulder) threw a bullpen Friday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow), acquired at the trade deadline, will likely throw a live batting practice early next week before going out on a rehab assignment.
Angels: The Angels have not announced a starter for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (2-3, 3.56) makes his 15th start of the season. Kirby has been below pitch limits in his last two starts after the All-Star break. Kirby allowed two runs striking out seven in four innings in his last start against Houston.