The Angels have now taken two of three from the Mariners with a 6-5 win on Wednesday. Their magic number to clinch home field advantage throughout the series is now three, and they are two wins away from the triple-digit mark.
After the Mariners scored one in the first, the Angels scored two in the second to take the lead on Aybar’s RBI-single and Aybar scoring on a passed ball. The Mariners took the lead in the fifth with three runs, but the Angels answered back with their of their own in the sixth to tie it. Sean Rodriquez drove a two-run double and came around to score on Anderson’s RBI-groundout. Teixeira then gave the Angels the go-ahead run with a solo shot in the eighth, his fourth hit of the game, a season-high. The Angels also got a taste of the new instant replay, reviewing Vlad’s foul-ball in the fifth that was close to being a homer so they reviewed it.
Jon Garland struggled to control the Mariners, giving up five runs on 11 hits through five innings. Darren Oliver then came in to toss two hitless innings to pick up his seventh win before Shields held the eighth and K-Rod picked up his 62nd save in the ninth.
The Angels can get the series win with a victory in today’s finale, their last road game of the season. Dustin Moseley will make the start for his last outing this season as a starter. Moseley is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA lifetime against the Mariners. He will face lefty Cesar Jimenez, who is replacing Carlos Silva who will miss the start due to back soreness. Lucky for the Angels, Jimenez has only made one start this season, going three innings, and he will likely not go more than that, especially if the Angels hit him early.
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