Halos sweep M’s, will face Astros next

MIKE TROUT left the game Sunday with tightness in his right calf muscle. Angels won 6-3 over the Seattle Mariners (Keith Allison photo).

Ah, If only the Los Angeles Angels could play the Seattle Mariners more often. Like three or four times a week.

On Sunday, the Halos swept the three-game series with the M’s in Anaheim, rallying from an early 3-1 deficit to post a 6-3 victory. With the win, the Angels are now 48-46 and still in fourth place in the American League West, 11 games out of first and five games back in the AL wild card race.

The deciding blow came in the bottom of the eighth when Matt Theiss hit his first major league home run – a three-run shot – to break a 3-all tie.

However, the Angels suffered a blow, or at least a scare, when Mike Trout left the game with tightness in his right calf. The All-Star centerfielder will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

Kole Calhoun blasted his 21st homer of the season in the second, and the Halos tied the game up with a pair of runs in the fifth, setting up Theiss’ decisive hit.

The Angels were outhit 10-6, but the their pitching was effective in the middle and late innings. Four relief pitchers worked 5.2 innings in total, yielding just three hits and no runs. They struck out eight Mariners and walked none.

Ty Buttrey (5-4) got the win and Hansel Robles the save, his 13th.

On Monday the Angels will step up in competitive, starting a series with the Astros. Griffin Canning (3-5) will make the start for the Orange County team in the 7:07 p.m. game.




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