Angels come back to beat Seattle Mariners, ending losing streak at 11

first_imgJefry Marte also homered for the Angels and Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.After the home runs by Pujols and Bandy, J.C. Ramirez had an unusual task before him when he entered the game: preserving a lead in the seventh inning. The Angels only led once in the seventh inning during their losing streak, back on Aug. 6 in Seattle.Ramirez picked a bad time to forget how to throw a strike. On the occasion of his 28th birthday, the right-hander nearly extended the losing streak by himself. A fielding error by Pennington, a walk, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly allowed Seattle to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead. Ramirez wasn’t even two months old when the California Angels lost their 12th consecutive game on Oct. 2, 1988. As consecutive losses go, that was the low point in franchise history.The Angels got to rookie right-hander Ariel Miranda first, when Yunel Escobar walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Trout in the first inning. ANAHEIM >> In its moment of truth, the franchise record for the longest losing streak in Angels history would be determined by the long, lumbering legs of Jett Bandy.The 26-year-old catcher is not as fast as his name implies. Still, there he was Tuesday on first base with two outs in the eighth inning of a tie game when Cliff Pennington shot a line drive into the right-field corner.Bandy chugged around second base, then third, then obeyed the windmilling arm of third base coach Ron Roenicke. The Seattle Mariners’ relay was even slower than Bandy and the play at home plate wasn’t close. The Angels had won, 7-6, ending their losing streak at 11 games.Bandy also hit a home run in the sixth inning that gave the Angels a short-lived 5-4 lead. Albert Pujols preceded Bandy’s blast with a three-run home run, the 582nd of his career, one behind Mark McGwire for 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run list. Seattle answered with three runs on four hits in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed a total of four runs in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two batters, struck out two, and left with the Angels trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more