Halo Highlights-Angels Blow Chance To Cut A’s Lead To One Game

By Jason Evans

This was not the home finale the Angels have had in mind. The Angels had an opportunity to be down one game with six to go, however, the Angels couldn’t capitalize as the Mariners ended the Angels win streak 9-4. Dan Haren wasn’t great and neither was the bullpen.

Sept. 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) talks with catcher

Chris Iannetta

(17) as he makes a pitching change in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Angels drew first blood in the game when in the second, Erick Aybar reached on Dustin Ackley‘s error, went to second on a steal and scored on Vernon Wells‘ single. The Mariners took the lead in the fourth when John Jaso hit a two run homer, his 10th of the year. The Angels tied the game in the bottom half, when Kendrys Morales doubled and scored Alberto Callaspo‘s single.The Mariners came right back in the fifth when Franklin Gutierrez grounded out driving in Casper Wells. Then they broke it open in the seventh. Michael Saunders and Wells each singled. Brendan Ryan bunted them over and Dustin Ackley was walked intentionally. Trayvon Robinson walked to bring home a run. Kyle Seager followed with a single. Jesus Montero followed with a sac fly and then Jaso doubled in the last run of the inning.

In the eighth, Callaspo walked and Howard Kendrick doubled him in. The Mariners came right back of LaTroy Hawkins. Ackley singled and Hawkins error on Robinson’s sac bunt brought in another. After a groundout, Montero doubled in another run.

The Angels head to Texas for the last time, with Jered Weaver facing Ryan Dempster at 8:05ET/5:05PT.