May 29, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) and center fielder Mike Trout (27) celebrate after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Los Angeles defeated Seattle 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Erick Aybar Powers Los Angeles Angels to 7-5 Win Over Seattle


Erick Aybar homered, Mike Trout went 3-for-3, and Raul Ibanez earned his 50th career triple as the Angels salvaged a four-game split in Seattle, winning 7-5 Thursday night.

Coming off Felix Hernandez’s near shutout, the Angels jumped out to an early lead over Mariners righty Brandon Maurer (1-4). Kole Calhoun- atop the lineup for the first time since April 15- led off with one of his two walks and advanced to third on Aybar’s single to right. Trout followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Calhoun.

The Halos broke it open in the fourth. C.J. Cron hit a line drive to center field that hopped out of James Jones’s reach all and rolled all the way to the wall for his first career triple. The rookie first baseman scored on Grant Green’s ensuing single up the middle.

Green advanced to second on Calhoun’s second walk of the night, setting the table for Aybar. The free-swinging shortstop took Maurer’s 3-2 fastball over the right field wall, giving the Angels 5-0 lead. Aybar, who came in batting .237 over the last 10 games, added two singles and a stolen base to his first three RBI game since April 25.

Ibanez-who spent over nine years in Seattle-notched his only hit of the series in the fifth inning. Mariners’ reliever Dominic Leone left fastball over the plate that Ibanez pulled into the left-center field gap for the 50th of his career. The triple was Ibanez’s ninth at Safeco Field, where he played over 530 games.

Angels spot-starter Matt Shoemaker earned his third victory since replacing Hector Santiago in the starting rotation. He tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six. Michael Saunders took Shoemaker (3-1) deep in the fourth inning, and his sac fly in the sixth was charged to Shoemaker despite the pitcher being pulled prior to the at-bat.

Saunders scored a second run when Kyle Seager hit a two-run shot off Fernando Salas in the ninth. Ernesto Frieri immediately replaced Salas and earned his eighth save.

With Albert Pujols taking a breather, the Angels still managed multi-hit games from four players. The 1-2-3 hitters were 8-for-12 with four runs, five RBIs, and three walks. Trout- who’s slash line on May 17 was .264/.363/.521-is on a 10-game hitting streak, raising his batting average to .291 in the span.

The Halos move to 3-6 against Seattle this season and gain ground with Oakland’s loss to the Tigers. They’re 1 ½ games back at the beginning of a pivotal three-game set in the bay.

 

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