Mariners’ bullpen collapses in 6-4 loss

  • Fri May 25th, 2012 10:21pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick broke a tie in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run single off Seattle closer Brandon League, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a 4-0 deficit for a 6-4 win over the Mariners on Friday night.

With Seattle holding a 4-3 lead heading to the top of the ninth, League (0-4) failed for the third time in his past five save opportunities.

Mark Trumbo opened the ninth with a single, but it was League’s throwing error on Erick Aybar’s sacrifice bunt that allowed pinch-runner Peter Bourjos to score the tying run. After an intentional walk, Kendrick lined the first pitch from League back up the middle to give the Angels the lead.

Scott Downs pitched the ninth to close out the comeback and earn his fourth save. The Angels have won four straight for the first time this season.