SEATTLE (AP) – Jose Suarez tossed five strong innings, Brandon Marsh double-run the entire offense and the Los Angeles Angels landed a heavy blow to Seattle’s postseason hopes by beating the Mariners 2-1 on Friday night.
Seattle failed in the fight for the second wildcard in the American League with Toronto, both one game behind Boston. The Mariners had won 10 of their last 11 and started the day knowing that an Angels win the next Monday would force at least one tie-break game.
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They ended the night again and needed the help of others to end their 20-year post-season drought.
Kyle Seager led ninth in Seattle with a doubles, but Raisel Igelsias bounced back and brought in Luis Torrens, Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic for his 34th save.
Suarez (8-8) was great for five innings, the only damage coming from a single from Toro and RBI double from Kelenic. Otherwise, the Mariners were shut down by the Left, who ended the season by winning three of his last four decisions after joining the Angels rotation in July.
The combo of Mike Mayers, Jose Quijada, Steve Cishek and Iglesias held Seattle back for the last four innings, sending Seattle’s first sold-out crowd since 2019 – more than 44,000 – home.
Seattle knew shortly after the first pitch that it would take a win to keep up with Boston and stay ahead of Toronto. And for most of the night these fans were full of nervous energy, waiting for an offensive breakout that never came.
The seventh inning will be with the Mariners.
Torrens tripled to open the seventh, his second of the season, and the third of his career. Toro left, but Seattle failed in three attempts to get the runner off third base.
Quijada stepped in and hit Kelenic, who was swinging on ball four while the infield played back and fell in sync. Tom Murphy hit four fields and Dylan Moore was called when he was on a borderline 3-2 field.
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales fought in just one inning, but it was enough for the left to take the defeat. Gonzales (10-6) gave Luis Rengifo a single and led David Fletcher to open the third. Marsh shot a 2-2 fastball into deep left center and Moore was unable to bring down the deep flyball, so both Rengifo and Fletcher scored a goal.
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Gonzales escaped the inning thanks to an important double play from Kurt Suzuki, finishing six innings, allowing only three hits and hitting five.