video thumbnail

LAA@SEA: Trumbo launches a two-run shot to left field

SEATTLE -- Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp, linchpins in the Mariners' future designs, jolted the Angels on Monday night at Safeco Field.

Falling 3 1/2 games behind the idle Rangers in the American League West, the Angels absorbed a 5-3 loss in front of 16,990 after Carp launched a mammoth two-run homer in the eighth inning against Hisanori Takahashi.

"That was definitely the longest one I've hit here," said Carp, a .291 hitter with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 51 games with Seattle. "It definitely felt better than all the ones so far."

Takahashi felt the backlash of a delivery that did not behave properly.

"It was a hanging slider, and he hit it," Takahashi said. "I wanted it down and away, and it was the opposite."

Carp's blast followed a double by Ackley, who also singled and tripled, driving in a pair of runs. Ichiro Suzuki doubled twice, scoring each time, for the Mariners.

Mark Trumbo unloaded a two-run homer for the Angels, his 24th. The rookie first baseman has pounded Seattle pitching with a .341 average and five homers, all in his past seven games against the Mariners.

Trumbo lashed a two-out double in the ninth against Brandon League, but the closer wrapped up it by retiring Vernon Wells on a groundout.

The bullpen might have been the focus, but the Angels were unable to sustain the brand of offense they've been producing of late.

"The last month is going to hinge on getting enough offense to absorb one pitch that's not in the zone," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't do that tonight."

In his second start since his exile to the bullpen, Joel Pineiro gave the Angels six solid innings, yielding three earned runs on seven hits.

"I thought it was a step forward for J.P.," Scioscia said. "He's not back locked in to where he was early in the season, but he gave us a chance to win. We're going to need him."

Young Blake Beavan was up to the challenge against the veteran right-hander, holding the Angels in check except for one flurry of hits in the fourth inning.

Taking over for Beavan, Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect eighth and moved to 2-0 with the win. League nailed down his 32nd save.

Takahashi slipped to 3-3 with the loss. The southpaw shut down the Mariners in order in the seventh, but Ackley's double and Carp's homer ruined his night.

"He's a multi-inning guy, and he's given us multiple innings that were terrific," said Scioscia, who was holding Scott Downs back until a lead surfaced. "Hisanori has pitched well. He's got length in him. Unfortunately, it didn't work out tonight."

Ichiro, needing a late push to reach the 200-hit plateau for the 11th consecutive year, wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

The man from Japan lashed a leadoff double in the first after the Angels had gone quietly against Beavan. Taking third on a single by Franklin Gutierrez, who was caught wandering off first, Ichiro scored on Ackley's sacrifice fly.

"I usually pitch him away," Pineiro said of Ichiro, his teammate early in his career with the Mariners. "I thought I'd bring one in on him, and he was on it. That's what Ichiro does."

Another leadoff double, by Miguel Olivo, in the second inning produced another Seattle run on a sacrifice fly, this time by Kyle Seager.

The Angels had only a pair of singles with two outs in the fourth when the offense suddenly came alive. Torii Hunter lashed a single to left-center, and Trumbo followed with a booming homer to left off the facing of the second deck.

"I thought I did a good job making pitches when I needed to," Beavan said. "Just the one pitch to Trumbo I wish I could take back. But you can throw 99 good pitches and one bad one and they'll jump all over it."

Beavan said Trumbo turned on a fastball, "just middle. I served it up for him basically. Being the hitter he is, that's what he does when you leave it over the plate."

After Wells singled, Erick Aybar doubled him home, pushing his hitting streak to nine games. Beavan escaped, getting Peter Bourjos to ground out.

Ichiro and Ackley collaborated in the fifth to bring the Mariners even. Ichiro went the other way, to left-center, for his second double. With two outs, Ackley pounded a triple to the right-center gap.

"The ball stayed up in the zone," Pineiro said. "It was one of those sinkers that stayed up. Obviously, I wanted to get it down.

"I made a couple of mistakes and they made me pay for it. I felt good. I'll take some positives and get ready for my next start."

The Mariners made a series of superb defensive plays behind Beavan, highlighted by two laser throws by left fielder Casper Wells to erase runners -- Bourjos trying to stretch a single in the third inning and Aybar at first after Bourjos' line-drive out in the seventh. Comments