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Nelson Cruz

Angels blanked by Mariners, 5-0

Angels blanked by Mariners, 5-0

KEY MOMENT: The Angels loaded the bases with no outs in the first when Johnny Giavotella walked and Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout singled. Albert Pujols struck out, and Giavotella was forced out at home on Erick Aybar's grounder to third. David Freese smashed a line drive to right-center, but Nelson Cruz made a backhand diving catch to end the inning.

AT THE PLATE: An Angels offense that racked up 55 runs and 89 hits in the first seven games of the trip was blanked on three hits over eight innings by Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who struck out six and walked two to improve to 7-2 with a 2.71 earned-run average against the Angels. Cruz had three hits and...