- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners had one impressive comeback against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

The Angels had two.

Albert Pujols silenced 42,088 boisterous fans at Safeco Field with a three-run, ninth-inning home run for a 9-7 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night.

The Mariners, who led 2-0 on Adam Lind’s second-inning home run, fell behind 6-2 after the Angels’ five-run rally in the seventh. Johnny Giavotella, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout homered in the inning.

The Mariners bounced back with their own five-run rally in the eighth, highlighted by two more RBIs from Lind on a double.

“You have to keep playing. It’s a game where you get 27 outs, nine innings, sometimes more,” Calhoun said. “We definitely used the ninth inning to put some good bats together and came out of here with a win.”

The stadium was rocking when Mariners closer Steve Cishek entered to finish it, but with one out, Cishek (2-3) hit Calhoun with a pitch and Trout singled to right. Pujols then hit his eighth home run on a 1-1 slider.

“It was like that the whole game, wild, crazy,” said Angels reliever Joe Smith, who earned his third save in four opportunities. “To do that in this environment, it’s pretty cool.

“Everyone likes the cheering and stuff but sometimes that silence is even better.”

Cishek said he was “too aggressive with a slider. I didn’t get my hand on top of the ball, and I paid for it, the team paid for it. There was no doubt. As soon as I released, it didn’t come out of my hand right. It was loud off the bat he put a great swing on it. No doubter.”

The Mariners lost Friday’s game on a ninth-inning RBI by C.J. Cron, off Cishek.

“Just going to wear it tonight and try to get some sleep,” Cishek said. “Once the sun comes up, Lord willing, I’m just going to come back at it again.”

Even with the Angels getting a slew of injuries, Servais said “the core of their club offensively is still there. Very talented and you make mistakes, you leave the ball up, they will make you pay. They also had a lot of big hits tonight. It was just one of those games where we just didn’t quite make enough quality pitches when we needed to.

“Electricity in the ballpark, I thought our fans were unbelievable tonight,” he added. “I looked around during the rally, and it’s like, ‘That’s what it should be like.’ Tip my hat to them. It was a good ballgame. It was entertaining, it was exciting, it was gut wrenching, it had everything.”


The Angels have to deal with three aces over their next three games. They begin Sunday against Seattle’s former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez (3-2, 2.27 ERA). Then Monday they open their four-game series at the Dodgers against Kenta Maeda (3-2, 2.30) followed by former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.74). Those three are a combined 11-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 148 innings.


Seattle’s Kyle Seager, who doubled in the seventh, leads the Majors with 11 extra-base hits thus far in May. Seager had just eight for all of April.


Angels: The Angels, with seven players on the DL, got a break with third baseman Yunel Escobar. Escobar jammed his thumb Thursday diving for a ball and the club feared he would be out for some time. But he missed just one game and returned to the lineup Saturday.

Mariners: Both LHP Charlie Furbush (left biceps tendinitis) and RHP Joaquin Benoit (right shoulder inflammation) threw simulated games Saturday. “Both threw the ball really, really well and felt great coming out of it, so thumbs up,” manager Scott Servais said. Furbush will likely throw one more simulated game, and then report to the team’s Arizona facility. Servais said Benoit may be activated during the next road trip, or have an outing at Triple-A.


Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (2-2, 4.07) beat the Mariners 4-2 on April 23. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in last three starts against Seattle.

Mariners: Hernandez, second in the league in home ERA (0.83), became the winningest pitcher (146) in club history last Monday but has a 14-15 career record against the Angels. He is 7-3 with a 1.55 ERA in his last 15 starts against Los Angeles.

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