MARINERS 10, ANGELS 6 (AT TEMPE DIABLO STADIUM)
The facts: The Mariners scored seven runs over the final two innings Tuesday in rallying for a victory over the Angels. A successful appeal by manager Lloyd McClendon fueled a three-run eighth inning.
Play of the game: McClendon challenged a called force out at second base with the bases loaded and one out. The replay confirmed Angels second baseman Andrew Romine bobbled the ball. One run had already scored on the play, but the appeal reloaded the bases with one out. A walk forced in the tying run, before the Mariners took a 6-5 lead when Mike Dowd was hit by a pitch.
Plus: Dustin Ackley went one for three with a double and is 12 for 26…Right-hander Emilio Pagan got call for fourth when starter Scott Baker made early exit. Pagan spent last year at Short-A but retired Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and David Freese in order…Roenis Elias worked three scoreless innings and got the victory.
Minus: Baker battled command issues while giving up five runs in three innings. He hit three successive batters with one out in the first…A throwing error in the second by rookie third baseman Chris Taylor led to three unearned runs…Catcher Humberto Quintero missed a tag at the plate in LA’s two-run third.
Quotable I: “I told Trent (Jewett, the bench coach) we’ll be talking about this (flipping) replay more than we will about this game.” — McClendon in correctly predicting the flow of post-game media questions.
Quotable II: “I was having trouble getting on top of the ball. Especially the breaking ball. All of the pitches that hit guys were off-speed. Just plain and simple.” — Baker on hitting Pujols, Freese and Howie Kendrick with two outs in the first.
Extra innings: The Mariners scratched Corey Hart just prior to game because of tenderness in his right forearm…Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to throw a bullpen workout Thursday for the first time since his recent week-long shutdown for bursitis in his shoulder.
Up next: Veteran lefty Randy Wolf continues his comeback bid Wednesday night when the Mariners play the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and can be seen on Root Sports.