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Angels find no relief in loss to Mariners

After allowing only 7 runs in 23⅓ innings in the first 5 games, Halos relievers allowed 8 runs Wednesday

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Angels found no relief in a 10-7 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday night, with the bullpen blowing two separate leads in its worst game of the season.

Andrew Heaney had another solid start, allowing one run in his first five innings. He started the sixth, too, but was removed after a five-pitch walk to J.P. Crawford to lead off the frame. That proved the beginning of the end for the Angels, whose bullpen found surrendered leads on multiple occasions.

Up first was Mike Mayers, who allowed two singles to allow Heaney’s run to score, then a double to allow a run of his own. Dylan Moore homered off Mayers with two outs in the frame to give Seattle a 6-4 lead, capping a five-run inning.

After the Angels grabbed the lead, Jacob Barnes helped give it back in the seventh. He allowed a single and two walks while not recording an out. Ty Buttrey came into clean up the damage and retired all three batters he faced, but an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly swung the advantage back to Seattle.

In the eighth, the Mariners tacked on two insurance runs against Buttrey and Ryan Buchter, giving Seattle a 10-7 lead.

The Angels bullpen allowed eight runs in four innings on Wednesday night, after allowing seven runs in 23⅓ innings through the first five games of the season.

All those late runs erased the positives from this game, including another strong offensive output. Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run home run, his first of the year, and Brian Goodwin homered, doubled and drove in three on the night.

Milestone moment

With a solo homer off Bryan Shaw in the sixth inning, Justin Upton became the 149th player in MLB history to hit 300 home runs. It was his second of the season, and brought the Angels to within a run in the sixth inning.

The Angels haven’t yet had a player hit 300 home runs all with the franchise, though Mike Trout is just 14 away. But they have had a few round-number career homer milestones hit while playing for the Halos:

  • 300: Lance Parrish, 1991
  • 300: Justin Upton, tonight
  • 400: Dave Winfield, 1991
  • 500: Reggie Jackson, 1984
  • 500: Albert Pujols, 2014
  • 600: Albert Pujols, 2017

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Shohei Ohtani (1), Brian Goodwin (1), Justin Upton (2); Dylan Moore (1)

WP — Bryan Shaw (1-0): 1 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

LP — Jacob Barnes (0-1): 0 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs, 2 walks

Sv — Dan Altavilla (1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout

Up next

The Angels and Mariners finish things up on Thursday night (6:40 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West). Dylan Bundy starts for the Angels, against lefty Marco Gonzales for Seattle.