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Angels blast M’s again

Kendrick’s home run gives L.A. second straight walkoff win

The Angels’ Howie Kendrick connects on his game-winning, three-run home run. (Associated Press)
The Angels’ Howie Kendrick connects on his game-winning, three-run home run. (Associated Press)
Geoff Baker Seattle Times

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The translation of the Biblical name Eliezer means “God is help,” and the Mariners for a while did indeed receive some divine-looking intervention from their new catcher.

Eliezer Alfonzo looked unworldly at the plate in the early going of Sunday afternoon’s series finale, clubbing a three-run homer, managing three hits his first three times up, driving in four and scoring twice.

But the Mariners needed even more help than that in a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, especially in a ninth inning that saw closer David Aardsma fail to corral a double-play grounder before serving up a decisive three-run homer.

Howie Kendrick’s blast over the wall in right-center, a second straight walkoff blast yielded by Seattle’s bullpen, seemed a foregone conclusion in a game the Mariners spent five innings frittering away.

“We’ve got to be able to rely on our bullpen for more than six runs (allowed),” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said in a stunned postgame clubhouse.

Despite rolling up a 7-2 lead by the fifth inning, the Mariners never looked comfortable.

In the ninth Aardsma walked Hideki Matsui leading off – one of nine walks given up by Mariners pitchers – then, with one out, failed to snag a hard shot back to the mound by Mike Napoli. If he’d caught the ball, Aardsma had a shot at a game-ending double play.

Aardsma allowed a second runner, then saw Kendrick destroy his full-count offering.

The game’s ending spoiled the day for Alfonzo, a 31-year-old journeyman who matched his career highs in hits and RBIs.

Angels 9, Mariners 7

Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 3 0 2 1 2 0 .342
Figgins 2b 4 0 2 0 1 0 .205
F.Gutierrez cf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .290
Bradley lf 4 1 0 0 1 1 .220
M.Sweeney dh 5 1 1 0 0 0 .282
Jo.Lopez 3b 3 2 1 0 2 1 .228
Kotchman 1b 4 1 1 1 1 0 .193
Alfonzo c 5 2 3 4 0 1 .600
Jo.Wilson ss 4 0 2 1 0 0 .276
Totals 37 7 13 7 7 5
Los Angels AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
E.Aybar ss 3 2 3 0 2 0 .243
M.Izturis 3b 4 0 0 0 1 1 .241
B.Abreu dh 3 0 1 1 2 2 .277
H.Matsui lf 3 1 1 3 1 0 .235
Frandsen pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 .429
J.Rivera rf 3 0 0 1 2 0 .226
Napoli 1b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .254
H.Kendrick 2b 5 2 2 4 0 0 .256
Bo.Wilson c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .077
Willits cf 3 2 2 0 1 0 .250
Totals 33 9 10 9 9 5
Seattle 010 330 000—7 13 1
Los Angeles 200 012 103—9 10 0

E—Alfonzo (1). LOB—Seattle 10, Los Angeles 9. 2B—I.Suzuki (9), E.Aybar (10). HR—Alfonzo (1), off J.Saunders; H.Matsui (7), off Snell; H.Kendrick (3), off Kelley; H.Kendrick (4), off Aardsma. RBIs—I.Suzuki (10), Kotchman (19), Alfonzo 4 (4), Jo.Wilson (10), B.Abreu (27), H.Matsui 3 (27), J.Rivera (21), H.Kendrick 4 (27). SB—E.Aybar (7). CS—B.Abreu (5). RLISP—Seattle 5 (M.Sweeney, F.Gutierrez, Figgins, Bradley, Alfonzo); Los Angeles 5 (M.Izturis, Napoli 2, J.Rivera 2). RMU—M.Sweeney, M.Izturis. GIDP—Alfonzo. DP—Los Angeles 1 (H.Kendrick, Napoli).

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Snell 4 4 3 3 4 1 82 4.58
Colome 1 0 0 0 2 1 24 5.29
Texeira 2/3 2 2 1 2 0 21 5.30
Kelley H, 2 2 1/3 2 1 1 0 3 37 2.25
Aardsma L, 0-3 BS, 3-14 1/3 2 3 3 1 0 18 4.41
Los Angels IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
J.Saunders 4 1/3 10 7 7 3 1 86 5.09
T.Bell 1 2/3 2 0 0 1 1 19 2.70
Bulger 1 1/3 1 0 0 0 2 23 4.58
Jepsen 2/3 0 0 0 1 1 13 5.60
Rodney W, 4-0 1 0 0 0 2 0 16 3.05

IR-S—Colome 2-1, Kelley 3-1, T.Bell 2-2, Jepsen 1-0. IBB—off T.Bell (I.Suzuki). CI—Alfonzo. T—3:38. A—40,017 (45,285).

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