Mariners vs. Angels – Match Recap – June 24, 2022

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Seattle manager Scott Servais watched Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout last weekend become the first player in MLB history to hit four game-winning home runs in a single series against his Mariners pitching staff.

With Trout emerging as a potential tie run in Friday night’s eighth inning, he had no intention of making another mistake.

On a night when Trout had already homed and driven in two runs, Servais purposely went with an out and a 1-0 count in the eighth against the three-time AL MVP. Trout stayed seated as Andres Muñoz defeated Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh to give the Mariners a 4-3 win.

“That would have been a bad decision. We learned a bit,” Servais said of the late-game decision. “Andres did a good job working on the fringes and then when we fell behind on the count you got him on base and the other two guys tried to catch us.”

Julio Rodríguez hit a homer and scored two goals, Eugenio Suárez had three hits and an RBI, and Seattle won its fourth straight.

Jesse Winker also had three hits while Chris Flexen (3-8) played more than five innings to record his first win since May 27.

Trout had a solo shot in the fourth inning – his sixth homer against the Mariners this season – and an RBI triple in the sixth. But for the most part, Servais was happy with how they limited the damage Trout could do.

“He scored a goal but there was no one on base, which was huge,” Servais said.

Rodriguez lined an Oliver Ortega curveball just inside the foul pole in left field with an out in the fourth for a solo shot to extend Seattle’s lead to 3-0. He scored the Mariners’ first heat in a singles by Suarez against Michael Lorenzen (6-5) in the first.

Suarez had two doubles and gave Seattle a 4-1 advantage in game six when he came home from a Taylor Trammell goal.

Paul Sewald eliminated the Angels in ninth for his sixth save on eight occasions.

Trout considered all of the Angels’ runs. His fourth-inning homer that put the Angels 3-1 was his 22nd this season, ranking second in the majors. It was also the 53rd of his career against Seattle, which saw him past Rafael Palmeiro the most against the Mariners.

Trout added an RBI triple in the sixth inning when rookie midfielder Rodriguez misinterpreted the liner and ran it over his head before rolling against the wall. Trout met Ohtanis Grounder to put the Angels on a run.

“I don’t know if there is a midfielder who makes this game. How do you defend it? It needed another gear and a left turn there,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.

FOR STARTERS

Flexen allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. It was the first time in 13 games that a Seattle starter allowed more than two runs.

Lorenzen worked for three innings. The right-hander gave up two runs in four hits and also walked four. He had five strikeouts but faced 18 batters. It’s the first time in nine years that a Halos starter has thrown at least 85 pitches in the first three innings.

CENTURY BRAND

Trout has 100 career extra base hits against Seattle (36 doubles, 11 triples, 53 homers), which is the most against the Mariners. Palmeiro and Trout were level at 98 on Friday.

WALK THIS WAY

Trout pulled his 112th career walk in the eighth inning, which ties him most with Vladimir Guerrero in franchise history.

MUCH TRAFFIC

The Mariners went out of order all night, leaving 16 runners on base. The last time they stranded that many was on September 18, 2012 against Baltimore.

Seattle, 3-15 with runners in goal position, kept bases loaded in the third and eighth innings.

A LITTLE REVENGE

Justin Upton, who was released in spring training after more than four seasons with the Angels, had an RBI single in the third inning to extend Seattle’s lead to 2-0.

TRAINING ROOM

Mariners: 1B Ty France underwent an MRI on his left arm. He was out of the lineup after being involved in a collision during Thursday’s game in Oakland. France took the throw on the bag when it collided with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse.

MANAGEMENT MOVE

The angels designated OF Juan Lagares for the assignment and called OF Monte Harrison. Lagares re-signed with the Angels on May 8 but batted .183 in 20 games.

NEXT

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (7-3, 2.28 ERA) is fourth in the AL and seventh in the majors in ERA.

Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.70 ERA) allowed a four-hit run in six innings against the Mariners last Saturday.

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