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Angels staying in hunt

Jered Weaver pitches five effective innings for the Angels, who are a half-game out of a playoff spot.

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Jered Weaver pitches five effective innings for the Angels, who are a half-game out of a playoff spot.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Johnny Giavotella turned an ordinary single into a double through pure hustle. Moments later, Kole Calhoun drove in the tiebreaking run with a drive that clipped a glove on the way to the outfield.

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Although the Angels are still outside the playoff picture with a week left in the regular season, they plan to keep charging until they run out of games.

Calhoun put Los Angeles ahead in the eighth inning, Mike Morin earned his first big-league save and the Angels completed a sweep of the Mariners with their fifth straight victory overall, 3-2 Sunday.

David Freese homered in the fifth for the Angels, who remained a half-game behind the Astros for the second AL wild card. With eight wins in 10 games overall, Los Angeles also moved three games behind the AL West-leading Rangers, with four games in Texas to end the season.

"Every game is crucial," Calhoun said. "Somebody has got to step up in every single game, and that's what I had to do down the stretch."

Calhoun's single drove in pinch-runner Taylor Featherston after Giavotella led off the eighth by scrambling to second base when centerfielder Brad Miller was slow to throw the ball back.

"We never know where Johnny is going to end up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Carson Smith replaced Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma and gave up Calhoun's drive, which barely eluded first baseman Jesus Montero.

"We were trying to get a ground ball or a strikeout," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "(Smith) has had success against him. We got the ground ball, but we just didn't put a glove on it."

Pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo hit a tying homer off Fernando Salas in the eighth for the Mariners, who lost their final five road games to guarantee their fifth losing season in six years.

Angels 3

Mariners 2

Angels staying in hunt 09/27/15 [Last modified: Sunday, September 27, 2015 8:40pm]
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