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Mariners 3, Angels 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Felix Hernandez set the tone, and the Seattle Mariners bullpen did the rest.

Mariners' pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium.

Hernandez, making his first start since Sept. 2 because of an oblique strain, struck out 10 batters in four innings of work. He became the first player in Major League history to record that many strikeouts in a start that lasted just four innings.

Oliver Perez struck out the side in the fifth inning, and Carter Capps rang up two more in the sixth.

Angel starting pitcher C.J. Wilson saw his streak of nine consecutive victories come to an end with one swing of the bat. Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run with two outs in the sixth inning, providing the Mariners with a 3-1 lead. His 17th home run of the season came on a 1-2 count and landed a few feet inside of the left-field foul pole.

The Angels crept closer on Kole Calhoun's solo home run leading off the eighth inning. The blast came one inning after the Angels loaded the bases and failed to score.

The victory put the skids on a three-game losing streak, but it was just the Mariners' third win in their last 13 games.

Mike Zunino gave the Mariners an early lead, and Efren Navarro took it away, as game was tied 1-1 after five innings.

Zunino doubled in the second inning to score Kendrys Morales, who had also doubled off of Wilson.

Navarro's equalizer wasn't as fancy but he tied the score when he hit into a force play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second.

Hernandez held the Angels to one hit through four innings but walked four and hit one batter. He was replaced in the fifth inning by Perez after throwing 92 pitches.

Wilson surrendered four hits through five innings, two of which came in the second inning.

The game was delayed for 23 minutes in the third inning because of a swarm of bees in center field.

NOTES: Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Hisashi Iwakuma will start on Wednesday against Kansas City. ... Infielder Brad Miller (strained hamstring) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Monday. ... Angels pitcher Jered Weaver (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, with plans to start on Wednesday if all goes well. ... On Friday, Collin Cowgill became the first Angel player to hit a home run and steal home in the same game since Leroy Stanton did it on July 28, 1974.
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