Late rally lands Halos in wild card spot

ALBERT PUJOLS‘ two-run double in the ninth was the key hit in the Angels’ 6-3 win on Saturday night (Flickr/Keith Allison photo).

By Pete Zarustica

The numbers are coming up lucky these days for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

They scored five runs over the last two innings to pull off a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night at Safeco Field. It was their fifth straight win, and their 60-58 record landed them – for the time being, anyway – into an American League wild card playoff spot.

Trailing 3-1, the Halos got even on Luis Valbuena;s two-run home run in the top of the seventh, and Albert Pujols’ two-run double was the key hit in a three-run eighth inning.

“Luis is going to drive the ball,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s going to take his walks when they’re there. He’s never been an extraordinarily high average hitter, but his OPS is really good against right-handed pitching, and I think he’s showing that. … He’s hit some big home runs. That’s a huge home run tonight to get us back into the game. He’s working hard and he’s getting some big hits for us, and we’re going to need him.”

Angels starter J.C. Ramirez had a so-so outing, lasting five innings while giving up seven hits and three runs. He struck out four batters and walked three. The win went to Keynan Middleton (4-0), who worked just one-third of an inning.

Hoping to keep the momentum going and getting a sweep of the four-game series, the Halos will send Parker Bridwell (6-1) to the mound on Sunday.

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