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Felix's Last Stand - Mariners Game No. 158

Felix Hernandez on the mound or his 31st and last start of the season, trying to win his 10th game.

The Mariners, of course, are trying to avoid losing that 100th game, which is a long shot with five games left, including tonight.

We're off - Mariners vs. Angels.

Jose Lopez continued his best offensive season with his 40th double in the first inning, a gapper that drove Yuniesky Betancourt in from first base with two out.

That was RBI No. 85 for Lopez, who spent much of his season batting second - not a big RBI slot.

It also gave Felix a slim lead.

Mariners 1, Angels 0

So much for that slim lead.

Felix gave up a double, then a run-scoring single. The Angels used a perfectly executed hit-and-run play to put runners at first and third base.

On a called third strike to Sean Rodriguez, catcher Kenji Johjima tried to throw out Mike Napoli - running from first base - and instead dropped the ball, allowing the runner from third base to score.

Passed ball.

Angels 2, Mariners 1

The bottom of the Seattle lineup evened things up in the second, when one-out singles by Bryan LaHair, Johjima and Miguel Cairo pushed home the tying run.

Betancourt singled to left field with two outs and Cairo on second base, and Garret Anderson's throw to the plate beat Cairo by a zip code.

Mariners 2, Angels 2

Felix is having to work harder than he should because of a variety of odd little hits, at least two of which never left the infield.

Still, at 71 pitches, he's worked four innings - and that's 198 2/3 innings this season.

He's four-outs ffrom his first 200-inning season, and pitching well when in trouble.

The first video review in Safeco Field history came one out into the fifth inning, on a Vlad Guerrero drive near the left field foul pole that umpire Chuck Meriweather ruled foul.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia askedd for a review and got one - it took two minutes and 28 seconds.

Foul ball.

Mariners break the tie and then some in the fifth.

Yuni's third hit, a double, turned into a run on an Angels error, and Jeremy Reed doubled home a second run, then scored on Bryan LaHair's RBI single.

Felix back to the mound.

Mariners 5, Angels 2.

Felix got to 200 innings - but gave up his lead in the process. Three hits and a walk, followed by a run-scoring double play and the Angels tied it.

Hernandez labored, making poor 0-2 pitches, trying to overthrow.

He got three outs, has now pitched 200 2/3 innings, but may not come out for the sixth.

Mariners 5, Angels 5

With the game in the hands of the bullpens, Angels first baseman Mark Teixeira hit his 33rd home run of the season off Mark Lowe to put Los Angeles up a run in the eighth.

Teixeira has 13 homers with the Angels, 20 with the Braves before his trade.

Angels 6, Mariners 5

It's a final, and the Mariners have lost 100 games in a season for the fourth time in franchise history - their first since 1983.

Angels 6, Mariners 5