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Mariners wait out Ohtani, score 4 in 8th to beat Angels 5-1 and win series

Sep 26, 2021, 4:55 PM | Updated: 6:34 pm
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners high-fives teammates the dugout after hitting a double in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager (15) is congratulated by Mitch Haniger (17) and teammates after beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-1, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Jarred Kelenic (10) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            
              Seattle Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to home plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            
              Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits into a fielder's choice during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            
              Los Angeles Angels third baseman Jack Mayfield throws to first base on an infield hit by Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            
              Seattle Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to home plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
            ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a home run in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Los Angeles Angels runs the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners swings at a pitch in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after swinging at a pitch in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners, uniform detail, during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels signals to Jared Walsh #20 of the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Abraham Toro #13 of the Seattle Mariners runs to first as Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Los Angeles Angels runs after the ball during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners looks up as he runs to first base in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners hits a single in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Phil Gosselin #13 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a pop fly during the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jake Bauers #5 of the Seattle Mariners catches a foul ball for the out in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners throws in from center field during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits for a single in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners high-fives Jarred Kelenic #10 who hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners hits for a two-run double in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Brandon Marsh #16 of the Los Angeles Angels misses a fly ball hits a by Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners to center field in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jack Mayfield #9 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to first in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts at second base after hitting a double in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani wasn’t enough to keep the Los Angeles Angeles from their sixth straight losing season.

Mariners 5, Angels 1: Box score

Ohtani allowed Jarred Kelenic’s tying home run in the seventh inning, and Mitch Haniger hit a go-ahead single in a four-run eighth against the bullpen that lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Angels 5-1 Sunday.

Ohtani gave up one run and five hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. He remained 9-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.18 with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 130 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles is 75-82 and has not had a winning season since going 85-77 in 2015.

“It’s very frustrating, it’s very disappointing,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I always look forward to being in the playoff race in the end and trying to talk about the playoffs with my teammates. I always think about that, so this year, it’s disappointing.”

Ohtani reached double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season and second start in a row. If he makes another start, it would also be against the Mariners.

“It’s hard to tell you at this point,” Ohtani said. “I haven’t talked to anybody on the team about it so I think I will take it day by day.”

He was 1 for 3 at the plate and is hitting .258 with 98 RBIs and 45 homers, one behind co-leaders Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez. He has just one home run since Sept. 10.

Seattle has won seven of eight and will enter the final week two games back for the AL’s second wild card with six games remaining. Toronto is also a game in front of the Mariners. Seattle remained alive by going 8-2 on their final road trip of the season.

Marco Gonzales (10-5) gave up one run on three hits over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last nine starts. Kurt Suzuki homered in the second, his 14th this season.

“I have one more regular-season start left and to come home and be in front of our fans again, I hope they’re ready to see something special,” Gonzales said. ”Just the way this team has played and for all the people who doubted us along the way, this is for them.”

Kelenic homered on a slider from Ohtani, who had escaped two-on trouble in the fifth and sixth innings.

Crawford doubled in the eighth and Kyle Seager singled against Jose Quijada (0-2). Haniger’s RBI single came against Austin Warren, and Jake Fraley added a three-run double.

“Coming into games like today, when you have to win, you find out a lot about your players,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Certainly the young guys who have gone through this stretch with us here, all these the meaningful games, you learn a lot. Jarred learned a lot and I’m sure it was a confidence boost for him moving forward.”

HEADING HOME

Seattle finished with three games at home against wild-card contending Oakland and then three against the Angels.

TRAINERS ROOM

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right-shoulder impingement. He ended his season with a 2-4 record and a 4.61 ERA in 11 starts and two relief appearances. The club recalled RHP Sam Selman from Triple-A Salt Lake.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (13-6, 3.56 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday.

Angels: LHP Packy Naughton (0-3, 5.23 ERA) tries for his first major league victory as he makes his fifth start Monday at Texas.

Drayer: With Kikuchi’s next start uncertain, could M’s turn to Matt Brash?

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