SEATTLE – Mike Trout had four hits and drove in three runs in Los Angeles’ 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night but it wasn’t enough to keep the Angels in the playoff hunt.
The Angels, with a high payroll and high expectations, were eliminated from the wild-card race by the Oakland Athletics’ 4-3 victory over Texas.
Wilson (13-10) went 6 1/3 innings for the victory. He allowed six hits and two runs, striking out seven and walking five.
Felix Hernandez (13-9), who did not win a game after Aug. 27 – going 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA – pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing a season-high 12 hits and seven runs. He struck out seven and walked three.
The Angels jumped on Hernandez for three runs in the first inning. Trout, a home run shy of the cycle, doubled into the right-center gap. With one out, Albert Pujols doubled high off the wall in center to drive in Trout.
With two outs, Alberto Callaspo walked. Mark Trumbo’s single to left scored Pujols. Howie Kendrick, who also had four hits, singled to score Callaspo.
Casper Wells got one back in the bottom of the inning for Seattle with his ninth home run on a 1-0 pitch from Wilson.
Trout’s RBI single in the fourth scored Maicer Izturis from second.
Trout drove in two more runs in the sixth with a triple and came home on Torii Hunter’s single to left.
Justin Smoak, hitting .404 since Sept. 13, doubled in Wells in the M’s three-run seventh. Hernandez was trying for his third career sub-3.00 ERA season but finished at 3.03. His 223 strikeouts are third-highest in the A.L.
E—H.Kendrick 2 (14), T.Robinson (2), Triunfel (1). LOB—Los Angeles 9, Seattle 11. 2B—Trout (26), Pujols (50), H.Kendrick (32), C.Wells (12), Smoak (13), Olivo (14). 3B—Trout (8). HR—C.Wells (9), off C.Wilson. RBIs—Trout 3 (83), Tor.Hunter (92), Pujols (105), Trumbo (95), H.Kendrick 2 (66), C.Wells (31), Smoak (51), T.Robinson (12). RLSP—Los Angeles 6, Seattle 6. RISP—Los Angeles 6 for 16; Seattle 3 for 12. RMU—K.Morales, Ryan. GIDP—M.Izturis, Seager. DP—Los Angeles 1, Seattle 1.
IR-S—Richards 2-2, Maronde 2-0, Jepsen 1-0, Kinney 1-0. Balk—Noesi.
T—3:19. A—13,963 (47,860).