SEATTLE — Their failures to hit with runners in scoring position for most of the night was halted long enough to give the fans at packed T-Mobile Park a reason to cheer after not having many reasons to do so for the first eight innings.
But after rallying from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings, the Seattle Mariners couldn’t score a free runner from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning to avoid a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Inexplicably tied at 3-3 after nine innings, the Angels executed with perfection in the top of the 10th. With automatic runner Magnerius Sierra on second base and Paul Sewald on the mound for the Mariners, Andrew Velazquez bunted him to third and Taylor Ward hit a flyball deep enough to score the run.
The Mariners couldn’t do the same.
Eugenio Suarez started the inning on second base and never left it as Carlos Santana hit a soft ground ball back to the pitcher and J.P. Crawford and Cal Raleigh hit weak pop flies for outs.
It was a familiar theme for the Mariners, who waited until the ninth inning to get a hit with runners in scoring position and score a run.
Down 3-0 and having looked inept at the plate most of the night, the Mariners seemed destined to be shut out for the first time since, well, the infamous brawl in Anaheim.
But with the Angels having traded closer Raisel Iglesias to the Braves at the deadline, they rolled out well-traveled veteran Jesse Chavez to pitch the ninth.
Jesse Winker worked a one-out walk and pinch-hitter Jake Lamb singled in his first at-bat as a Mariner to put runners on first and second.
After pinch-hitter Jarred Kelenic popped out in foul territory, Adam Frazier gave the Mariners hope with a double into the right field corner to score Winker.