- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Jered Weaver had been ejected for jawing with Kyle Seager and then hitting him with a pitch. The Los Angeles Angels were on their way out of Seattle after dropping two of three games.

Yet Weaver drifted back to what happened last Sunday back home when the Angels blew a late lead against Houston and potentially changed the course for the rest of their season.

“I think the big game that was frustrating was the loss to Houston. That was a tough one to swallow. Knowing that we had to come in here and try to sweep these guys and it didn’t happen,” Weaver said. “There are still things that can happen if we keep winning and that’s all we have to worry about is winning.”

Weaver gave up a three-run homer to Jesus Montero and was ejected an inning later for plunking Seager in the Angels’ 3-1 loss the Mariners on Wednesday night. Los Angeles lost for the third time in four games and fell five games behind Texas in the AL West. The Angels remained 3 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL wild-card race.

Montero’s fourth homer of the season was a line drive into the bullpen in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. It was his fifth homer among six career hits off Weaver (7-11).

But the lasting memory was a showdown of words between Weaver and Seager in the fifth inning that ended with the veteran right-hander being ejected for the second time in his career.

The incident started with Seager calling for time in the batters’ box. Weaver became impatient, leading to the pair barking back and forth. Following a brief delay, Seager indicated he was ready and Weaver responded with an 83 mph fastball into Seager’s ribs. Weaver was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora.

Weaver said he believed because he was on the pitching rubber and Seager had both feet in the batters’ box it was time to pitch.

“Just because he has his hand up doesn’t really mean anything. If you’re going to do that just step out of the box or keep a foot out or do something,” Weaver said. “But when you’ve got both feet planted and you’re looking at me I assume you are ready to go.”

Seager did not back down from what he yelled at Weaver and said the pitcher quit on his team.

“If you hit me there it was pretty obvious what was going to happen, he was going to be out of the game,” Seager said. “I guess he was tired of pitching.”

David Murphy homered for the second straight game, but the Angels could not manage any other offense.

Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) allowed one run and struck out a season-high nine in six strong innings to help the Mariners win for the 10th time in 15 games.

Iwakuma was lifted after throwing 84 pitches in six innings and allowing just four hits, leaving with a sore lower back. Iwakuma faced a small jam in the third inning when Carlos Perez led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. With one out, Murphy hit a grounder to Robinson Cano at second base. Perez broke for the plate on contact and Cano’s throw to catcher Jesus Sucre was in time for the out.

Perez led off the eighth inning with a single off Carson Smith and advanced to third on Murphy’s one-out hit. But Smith rebounded with strikeouts of Cole Kalhoun and Mike Trout to end the inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his 11th save in as many chances.

“We had our shots. Especially late we had opportunities and just couldn’t get a hit here or there to get close,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.


Angels: Ryan Jackson started at second base after Taylor Featherston had started every game there in September. Scioscia said he wanted to give Featherston a day off.


Angels: Tommy Milone (8-5) starts on Thursday as the Angels open an important four-game series in Minnesota.

Mariners: After an off-day Seattle opens a three-game series in Texas on Friday with James Paxton making his second start since coming off the disabled list.

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