Torii Hunter drove in a season-high five runs with a pair of homers, Mark Trumbo also went deep and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Saturday night at Anaheim, Calif., to tie the Texas Rangers for first place in the A.L. West.
Joel Pineiro (5-3) allowed three runs and 10 hits over seven innings, helping lead the Angels to their 13th victory in 16 games after he was staked to a 4-0 lead against his former team. The right-hander is 3-0 in his last five starts, after going 0-3 in his previous four.
Rookie Michael Pineda (8-6) gave up a season-worst seven runs and six hits in five innings, equaling his shortest outing in 18 starts. He finished with seven strikeouts after fanning his first five batters on 19 pitches.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge was ejected during the Angels’ four-run third inning. Mark Trumbo led off with a single and took off for second as Hank Conger checked his swing on ball four. Trumbo originally was called out at second by umpire Greg Gibson after the throw down by Miguel Olivo, but that was wiped out by the walk to Conger — denying the Mariners a critical strikeout-double play and giving the Angels runners at first and second instead.
Wedge came out to argue with third base ump Sam Holbrook, who ruled that Conger held up in time on the swing. No. 9 hitter Mike Trout, playing in his second major league game, followed with a bunt single for his first major league hit. The throw to first by Pineda got past first baseman Adam Kennedy, allowing Trumbo to score the game’s first run. One out later, Hunter homered to left-center on the first pitch to make it 4-0.
The Mariners, who have lost 15 of their last 17 at Angel Stadium, closed to 4-3 with a run-scoring double by Miguel Olivo in the fourth inning and two-out RBI singles in the fifth by Dustin Ackley and Olivo. But the Angels responded in their half of the fifth with an RBI double by Maicer Izturis and Hunter’s 11th homer of the season, an opposite-field two-run shot that just cleared the short fence in the right-field corner and extended the margin to 7-3.
Trumbo, who hit his first career walkoff homer Friday night, completed the scoring in the eighth against Chris Ray with his 16th of the season — tying Washington’s Danny Espinosa for the most among rookies.