For the third straight game, the Mariners saw their bullpen problems fester while trying to hold a lead. Valbuena's homer came off reliever Casey Lawrence and after the Mariners got six surprisingly strong innings out of starter
Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trouble in the eighth. Zych walked the first two batters before giving up Pujols' double to the gap.
Los Angeles has won five straight and has moved into the second wild card spot in the
The Mariners got a strong start from Ramirez after he underperformed in his first two starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Ramirez allowed three hits and one unearned run. But all the good from Ramirez's start was quickly undone by the bullpen. Lawrence gave up a one-out single to C.J. Cron and Valbuena's line-drive homer to right field to tie the game at 3-all, followed by Zych's issues in the eighth.
While Seattle's bullpen has struggled, the Angels' relievers have been solid. Starter JC Ramirez was done after five innings following
Blake Parker worked the eighth allowing one single and Cam Bedrosian pitched the ninth for his fifth save.