Leads melt except in the AL West race

TYLER SKAGGS pitched well as the starter in the Angels’ 9-8 loss on Saturday (Flickr/Keith Allison).

The Los Angeles Angels were unable to hold on to several leads on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, but were nevertheless able to cling to a narrow edge in the American League West.

After losing an early 4-0 lead and finally falling 9-8 in 11 innings to the M’s at Safeco Field, the Halos saw a four-game winning streak snapped, but are still in first place with a 20-13 record (.606 percentage), slightly ahead of the Houston Astros (21-14, .600) and the Mariners (19-13, 594).

The game had plenty of drama. Trailing 6-4 in the top of the ninth, the Angels got a two-out, two-strike two-run home run from Justin Upton to tie it up.

Things went back and forth until Ryon Healey singled home the winning run for the M’s in the bottom of the 11th.

The defeat wasted a strong pitching start by Tyler Skaggs, who worked 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He struck out seven and walked one.

On Sunday, the Angels will send Shohei Ohtani (2-1) to the mound in the final game of the series.

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