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Sheffield, Mariners bullpen combine on shutout in 2-0 win over Angels

May 2, 2021, 4:54 PM | Updated: 6:15 pm
The Mariners beat the Angels 2-0 Sunday to clinch a series win. (AP) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners pitches first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: The Seattle Mariners take the field during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Mike Trout #27 and Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels look on from the dugout during the game against the Seattle Mariners  at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners dives back to first base against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) The Mariners beat the Angels 2-0 Sunday to clinch a series win. (AP) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels sits in the dugout during the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Sam Haggerty #0 of the Seattle Mariners steals second base ahead of the throw to David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his double against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners steals second base past David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels is checked on after he was hit by a pitch during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels is checked on after he was hit by a pitch during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Kyle Seager #15 and J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners high five after a run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels is hit by a pitch in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels steals third base against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels singles against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: Sam Haggerty #0, Taylor Trammell #20, J.P. Crawford #3 and Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 02: J.P. Crawford #3 and Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 at T-Mobile Park on May 02, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Justus Sheffield shook off early control problems to allow just two hits over six innings, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Mariners 2, Angels 0: Box score

Sheffield and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Mariners won two of three in the series. Sheffield was shaky early, letting two baserunners reach in each of the first three innings. But the Angels never got the hit they needed to capitalize on any of the traffic on the bases.

“It’s funny how the game works. Walk out of here with six innings, no runs and didn’t have the best command,” Sheffield said. “But at the end of the day, I’ll take it. Anything for the team to win.”

Seattle didn’t manage much offense, scoring three runs or fewer for the fifth time in eight games. Dylan Moore’s two-out RBI single in the fourth gave the Mariners the lead, and Mitch Haniger added a sacrifice fly an inning later.

Sheffield (2-2) walked three and plunked two batters, but struck out four and rebounded from his previous start against Houston when he was knocked around for 12 hits.

“That is a really tough lineup to get through,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “They have all kinds of power up and down that lineup. … That’s what it takes. It takes guys stepping up, battling, and keeping your team in the game.”

The left-hander got a key double play off the bat of Jared Walsh to end the third with Shohei Ohtani on third base. Sheffield retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, the only baserunners coming on a walk to David Fletcher and Walsh’s one-out single in the sixth.

Sheffield’s performance was critical for a Seattle relief corps that was taxed after heavy work in the previous two games and an expected bullpen day for Monday’s matchup with Baltimore.

Will Vest, Anthony Misiewicz and Kendall Graveman combined to work the seventh and eighth, and Rafael Montero closed out the ninth for his fourth save in eight opportunities.

Los Angeles starter Dylan Bundy retired 11 of his first 12 batters, but ran into trouble in the fourth. He gave up three singles, the last by Moore to score Kyle Seager. Luis Torrens led off the fifth with a ground-rule double and scored on Haniger’s sacrifice fly.

Bundy (0-3) threw six innings, allowing five hits, and struck out six.

“Dylan was very good again. When you go six — and he could have gone seven there probably — and only give up two runs, with our offense you’d like to think we’d have a better chance to win the game. It just didn’t play out today,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

HARDLY KNEW YA

The Mariners sent catcher Jacob Nottingham back to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, trading him for cash.

Seattle had claimed Nottingham off waivers from Milwaukee last week but then designated him for assignment Saturday before he appeared in a game for the Mariners.

Nottingham returned to the Brewers with a bang Sunday, hitting two home runs.

The Brewers have placed their top two catchers — Omar Narváez and Manny Piña — on the injured list over the last week. Narváez has a strained left hamstring. Piña has a fractured left big toe.

“We just needed to bring another catcher into the organization, and somebody with familiarity works out great,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

CHECKING ON SHOHEI

Ohtani was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Sheffield in the first inning. Maddon said the elbow was sore and the Angels would need to check on Ohtani on Monday morning as to whether he’d still be able to pitch Monday night against Tampa Bay. Ohtani was wearing a pad on the elbow.

“He had good at-bats the rest of the way. It did not look like it was inhibited,” Maddon said. “I thought he looked pretty normal after that event. He was sore but he kept telling me it was feeling better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Los Angeles placed LHP Tony Watson on the 10-day injured list due to a left calf strain and recalled RHP James Hoyt. Watson had appeared in nine games and allowed one earned run for the Angels. He threw 1 2/3 innings Wednesday against Texas but had not appeared since.

Hoyt appeared in 24 games last season for Miami and had a 1.23 ERA.

Mariners: Seattle placed reliever Casey Sadler on the 10-day injured list due to shoulder inflammation and recalled RHP Erik Swanson from the alternate training site. Sadler threw one inning Friday night against the Angels, retiring the side on just seven pitches. He’s 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 appearances. Swanson was with the club for four days in April and pitched two scoreless innings April 13 against Baltimore in his only appearance of the season.

UP NEXT

Angels: Return home to open a four-game series Monday night against Tampa Bay with Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA) on the mound for his fourth start of the season.

Mariners: Seattle opens a three-game series with Baltimore on Monday and expects it to be a bullpen day due to injuries in the starting rotation. Mariners manager Scott Servais was unsure who would start.

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