ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Iannetta singled with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, scoring Kole Calhoun from first base and lifting the Los Angeles Angels
to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners
on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Iannetta drove a pitch from Bobby LaFromboise off the center field wall that scored Calhoun, who had singled with one out.
Seattle's Michael Saunders
broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh, but the Angels didn't waste any time catching up in the bottom of the inning.
The Mariners' two-run rally in the seventh was helped by pitcher Michael Kohn
's hesitation in covering first base on a two-out grounder by Dustin Ackley. Ackley beat Kohn to the bag and and Saunders followed with his run-scoring hit.
The Angels got some help from the Mariners when it came to tying the score. Mark Trumbo
led off the inning with a grounder to Kyle Seager
. Seager, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the inning, threw wildly to first base, allowing Trumbo to get to second base. Calhoun followed with a walk and Erick Aybar sacrificed. Andrew Romine delivered a two-out single off Chance Ruffin.
The Angels and Mariners had trouble doing much of anything offensively until the seventh inning. The Mariners struggled against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, who was making his major league debut. The Angels, on the other hand, were getting runners on base against Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez
but weren't getting them home.
The Angels had runners in scoring position in the first and fifth innings, but Ramirez worked his way out of trouble each time. Ramirez didn't get a chance to work his way out of the seventh-inning jam. He left the game with tightness in his right groin.
Shoemaker allowed two hits through five innings while striking out five in his major league debut.
Shoemaker struck out the side in the first inning -- although he walked a batter in the inning -- while showing that his splitter is as good as advertised.
Unfortunately, the Angels were unable to provide him any run support early in the game. Despite having six hits off Ramirez, the Angels were unable to produce a run in the first five innings.
The teams remained tied at 0-0 heading into the sixth.
The Angels' Howie Kendrick and Josh Hamilton singled in the first inning, but Trumbo grounded out to end the inning, leaving runners stranded at first and third. The Angels had runners at first and third with two outs in the fifth, but J.B. Shuck grounded out to second.
NOTES: Kendrick has hit safely in all six games he has played in since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 10. ... Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was scheduled to start on Friday but was sidelined by stiffness in his right forearm. ... Mariners 3B Kyle Seager's streak of 106 consecutive starts ended. ... Mariners OF Raul Ibanez went into the game one home run short of 300 for his career.
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