Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore, left, scores past Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi on a ground ball from Ty France during the ninth inning of a game Monday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore, left, scores past Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi on a ground ball from Ty France during the ninth inning of a game Monday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Mariners rally for 4 runs in bizarre 9th inning, beat Angels

Los Angeles commits a string of fielding mistakes and Seattle moves into the to wild card spot.

  • By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
  • Monday, August 15, 2022 10:58pm
  • SportsMariners

By Joe Reedy / Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels star Shohei Ohtani struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings, before the Seattle Mariners scored four runs in the ninth and took advantage of shoddy fielding to beat Los Angeles 6-2 on Monday night.

Jesse Winker and J.P. Crawford each had two hits and two RBI for the Mariners, who vaulted over Toronto and Baltimore into the top wild-card spot in the AL.

Winker, who homered in the first inning, has reached base in 12 of his past 13 games and also has four home runs in that span.

It was the first time since May 18 at Texas that Ohtani had a no-decision. The Japanese two-way phenom had gone 7-5 with a 2.60 ERA in his last 12 starts.

Los Angeles’ Luis Rengifo homered while Jared Walsh had two hits and an RBI.

The game was tied at 2 going into the ninth inning before the Mariners broke through. Sam Haggerty got aboard with a one-out single off Aaron Loup (0-4). Haggerty advanced to second when Angels catcher Max Stassi wildly threw to the bag even though Haggerty wasn’t running. Haggerty stole third and then scored the go-ahead run when he eluded a rundown and made it home when no one was covering the plate.

Seattle got some breathing room when Dylan Moore scored on Ty France’s grounder, when Stassi was unable to catch it at the plate. Julio Rodriguez scored on Winker’s grounder and Crawford’s base hit plated France.

Andres Munoz (2-4) got the win.

Luis Castillo, making his third start since being acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, struck out nine in six innings.

The teams traded two-out solo homers in the first. Winker went deep to right center on a full-count slider by Ohtani. It was the fifth time Ohtani allowed a home run in the opening frame and the first since he gave up a pair against the Yankees on June 2.

Rengifo tied it with the help of Seattle’s outfield. Center fielder Rodríguez tried to call off right fielder Mitch Haniger, but both players jumped at the ball in right-center. The ball bounced off Rodriguez’s glove and over the yellow line, giving Rengifo his eighth homer of the season. It was originally ruled a triple before being overturned by replay.

The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the third when Crawford’s base hit up the middle drove in Winker. The Angels evened it in the fourth when Taylor Ward led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on Jared Walsh’s single to right.

BACK TO THE SCENE

It was Seattle’s first game at The Big A since the teams were involved in a heated brawl on June 26 that saw 12 players or coaches suspended.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin, who was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball, and Winker, who received a seven-game ban, talked on the field during batting practice.

The Angels and Mariners had a four-game series Aug. 5-7 in Seattle, where there were no fights.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: CF Mike Trout (left ribcage inflammation) took live batting practice, ran the bases and did some defensive drills before the game. There is a possibility that the three-time AL MVP could be activated before the start of a 10-game road trip on Friday. … 2B David Fletcher was removed from the game in the seventh inning due to a left foot contusion.

Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suárez did not get the start but came in as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (8-8, 3.90 ERA) faces the Angels for the third time this season. He is 1-0 and allowed only two earned runs in 14 innings in the previous starts.

Angels: LHP José Suarez (4-4, 4.04 ERA) is 4-1 in nine career games (seven starts) vs. the Mariners. The wins and 45 strikeouts are his most against any opponent

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