ANAHEIM, Calif. – Chris Iannetta drove in Kole Calhoun with a two-out hit in the 11th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Friday night for their eighth victory in 10 games.
Matt Shoemaker pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut for the Angels, who came back from a late two-run deficit and several missed opportunities to win the opener of their final home-stand in their disappointing season.
After Calhoun’s one-out hit off rookie Bobby LaFromboise (0-1), Iannetta put a long single into deepest left-center. Calhoun slid home to give Iannetta his fifth career game-ending hit.
Nick Franklin had three hits for the Mariners, who have lost 10 of 12 to fall 20 games below .500.
Cory Rasmus (1-1) pitched the 11th to earn his first major league victory.
Los Angeles has won 20 of 27 to move within three games of .500, even avoiding mathematical elimination from the playoff race for one more day.
Michael Saunders opened the scoring with a two-run single in the seventh for Seattle, but Andrew Romine answered with a two-run single for Los Angeles later in the inning.
Shoemaker, who turns 27 next week, made an impressive debut at Angel Stadium after a six-year minor league career. The right-hander, who went 11-13 for Triple-A Salt Lake this season, got his big-league break on Thursday when Jered Weaver was scratched from his scheduled start with tightness in his right forearm.
Shoemaker then joined Weaver as the only Angels pitchers to strike out at least five batters without allowing a run in their major league debuts.
Erasmo Ramirez matched each of Shoemaker’s zeros, twice stranding runners on third base while pitching six-hit ball into the seventh.