Vernon Wells opened an intriguing series between the Angels and Mariners as the Los Angeles cleanup hitter - despite batting .189 with four home runs and 13 RBI
Then he woke up, hit two Jason Vargas pitches beyond the wall in left field and the Angels used his power to beat Seattle, 6-3.
The Mariners had the chance to move to within one game of idle Texas in the American League West, and to push Los Angeles 4 1/2 games behind their spot in second place.
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Instead, the Mariners offense did its nightly scrap for runs, got three and, when that wasn't enough, lost. Going into the ninth inning, the Mariners had outhit the Angels, 8-6. But they'd been out-homered, 2-0. And yes, power is a substantial weapon.
Key play of the night? A seventh inning ground ball to Chone Figgins with the tying run on third base and one out. Figgins threw to the plate and catcher Miguel Olivo, but ball and runner - Jeff Mathis - arrived about the same time.
Olivo made the tag, but the ball popped loose and rolled away. Tie game. Two batters later, Wells hit his second and it was 5-3, Los Angeles.
The Mariners had one last point-blank shot, in the eighth inning, that wasn't entirely their fault.
Ichiro, who had two hits, grounded out but Brendan Ryan got aboard on an error and Justin Smoak singled. Runners at first and second with two outs for cleanup hitter ... Adam Kennedy. He grounded into a fielders choicer, putting runners at the corners. Olivo struck out.