Los Angeles Angels

Seven run deficit too deep to overcome

JUSTIN UPTON (8) homered and drove in a total of three runs Sunday in the Angels’ 8-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners (Angels photo).

On the day that Vladimir Guerrero – who could hit anything – was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as an Angel, the visiting Seattle Mariners did their best Vlad imitation by hitting everything in beating the Halos 8-5 in Anaheim on Sunday.

Well, not everything, and only in the first inning. The visiting M’s hammered Angel starter Felix Pena for six hits and seven runs in a third of an inning. He walked two and struck out one before being mercifully yanked in favor of the first of six relievers.

The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the home team, and dropped the Angels’ record to 54-53 in the final game of the series and homestand.

Although the Orange County team battled back gamely after the nightmare opening inning, and collected 10 hits and five runs, the squad was unable to come all the way back. Justin Upton hit a two-run home run in the fifth to get the Angels on the board after falling behind 8-0. It was his 21st homer of the year. He also added an RBI single, driving in his 61st run.

The Mariners (62-43) were led by Devaris Gordon, Denard Span and Ben Gamel, who each had three hits. Marco Gonzales (12-5) got the start and the win.

Monday is a travel day and the team will land in Tampa on Tuesday to take on the Rays. Tyler Skaggs (8-8) will start for the Angels.

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