Mariners blow late lead, fall back to .500 with loss to Angels

Mariners blow late lead, fall back to .500 with loss to Angels

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Safeco Field.

With seven weeks remaining in the regular season, a two-way tie for the second wild card and at least four more American League teams on the verge of playoff contention, this isn't the moment you want to see your rotation begin to weaken. They finally have an offense to rely on, led by sluggers Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, bolstered by the speed of young players like Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia, and propped up with some veteran presences like Kyle Seager, Danny Valencia, Jarrod Dyson, and new acquisition Yonder Alonso.

For the second straight night, Trout was the source of some ninth-inning misery for the Mariners. Miranda is coming off of a rough outing in which he gave up six earned in just five innings and has allowed four or more earned runs in four of his last six starts and six of his last ten.

The Angels have taken the first two games of the series, each night providing a little extra blow to the Mariners.

In three minor league seasons in the Seattle organization, he is 17-10 with a 2.72 ERA in 59 games.

After Blake Parker pitched a scoreless eighth, Cam Bedrosian did the same in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

To get six good innings from Ramirez was a plus.

North Battleford's Andrew Albers is going to be in a pennant chase. According to's Greg Johns, Paxton grabbed at his upper left pectoral/shoulder area after a pitch in the seventh inning, which prompted the training staff to pay him a mound visit. But Paxton becomes the third starter from Seattle's projected rotation at the beginning of the season to be on the disabled list late in the year, joining Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. Valbuena's homer came off reliever Casey Lawrence and after the Mariners got six surprisingly strong innings out of starter Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez lost his last start against Kansas City.