- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - For the second night in a row, the Seattle Mariners rallied late to tie the game - only to see the Los Angeles Angels pull out a victory in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Carson Smith gave up a game-winning double to Johnny Giavotella in a 4-3 loss Wednesday, after the Mariners scratched across a run in the top half with pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley’s sacrifice fly against Angels closer Huston Street.

The night before, Carlos Perez punctuated his major league debut with a ninth-inning homer off Dominic Leone, handing the Mariners a 5-4 defeat.

“It is frustrating that we couldn’t come away with a victory,” Seattle outfielder Justin Ruggiano said. “But you can’t really sulk about it. It’s a long season, and it’s sure to turn around pretty soon. I mean, we haven’t been clicking on all cylinders by any means.”

Smith (0-2) walked David Freese to open the ninth, and pinch-runner Taylor Featherston was forced at second on Erick Aybar’s hard bunt to third baseman Kyle Seager. Giavotella then drove a 1-0 pitch into the right-field corner.

“It’s very exciting for us to get two big wins against a Seattle team that’s as good as they are,” said Giavotella, who won the second base job in spring training after Howie Kendrick was traded to the Dodgers. “It was big for us, especially since we got off to such a slow start to the season. Hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

The last-place Mariners ended a 10-game road trip with their sixth loss in seven games - but at least they’re playing at a quicker pace. This was Seattle’s eighth game this season that finished in less than 2 hours, 40 minutes - and the fourth in their last five.

Seager, who was 3 for 37 against Angels starter C.J. Wilson coming into his second at-bat of the night, hit a two-run homer in the fourth to slice the Mariners’ deficit to 3-2. His third home run came after a one-out single by Robinson Cano.

Until then, Wilson had allowed one home run in his first 36 1-3 innings this season.

“It’s one of those things where you beat the guy over and over and over again, then he finally just says: ‘You know what? Forget it. I’m just going to step in the bucket and swing at the first pitch,’” Wilson said.

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the third against lefty Roenis Elias with three consecutive one-out hits - a triple by No. 9 batter Collin Cowgill, a double by Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout’s seventh homer, which cleared the trees in center field by plenty and was estimated at 441 feet.

Freese made two nice plays at third base in the seventh. He charged in to cut off Logan Morrison’s leadoff grounder toward shortstop before throwing him out, then made a diving catch of a line drive toward the hole by Ruggiano.

One batter later, Trout made a sensational diving grab in right-center against Chris Taylor that had Giavotella jumping up and down.

“We were playing to the opposite field against him,” Trout said. “Off the bat it was tailing away, and it was tough. I thought if it fell, it was going to be a double no matter what. But I laid down and caught it.”

Street (2-0) was credited with the win after his first blown save in 10 opportunities this season. Seager opened the ninth with a double and Mike Zunino hit a bloop single before Ackley came through with his sacrifice fly.

Elias was charged with three runs and six hits over seven innings in his third start since joining the rotation following Hisashi Iwakuma’s injured right shoulder.

Wilson pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out four and walking none. He won 2-0 in his season debut April 7 at Seattle with eight innings of two-hit ball.


Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, sidelined since April 11 because of a hyperextended elbow, threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.


Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-3) opposes Oakland RHP Sonny Gray on Friday night in the opener of a nine-game homestand. Walker allowed nine runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings against the Athletics in his season debut April 12, a 12-0 loss.

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (2-2) faces Houston RHP Collin McHugh on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

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