ANAHEIM, Calif. — Not only did the Seattle Mariners see their season-high six-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night, they also dropped one game further back in the American League wild-card standings after an ugly 14-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels, already out of playoff contention, jumped all over starter Tyler Anderson, who allowed nine hits and nine runs on 54 pitches and was lifted for Yohan Ramirez with no outs in the third. Ramirez struck out two of the first three batters he faced, but he hit Brandon Marsh in the foot with the bases loaded, Shohei Ohtani followed with a walk to force home another run and Phil Gosselin singled to plate two more that grew Seattle’s deficit to 10 runs.
“Location is everything, and it comes down to execution,” said Anderson, who suffered his second loss with Seattle and whose nine runs allowed matched his career high. “It seemed like every time I did make a pitch, they hit it.”
The Mariners hit into three double plays in the first four innings, and it would have been four if not for J.P. Crawford beating a throw to first base by one step, allowing Jake Fraley to score from third for the Mariners’ only run. In all, Seattle managed a total of six hits against starter Jamie Barria (who was removed with arm fatigue after two innings) and Jonathan Diaz, who allowed three hits in relief and struck out Jarred Kelenic looking to end the game.
“We’ve been playing so well but certainly tonight was not our night,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It wasn’t happening. Tyler didn’t have the same zip on his fastball that he had last time out. He left a couple pitches up tonight, and they came out aggressive. His been so consistent but eight runs in one inning was too big a hole. We were on some kind of streak and coming into this series we knew we had our work cut out for us. We didn’t control the strike zone tonight.”
Anderson, acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, was coming off his best outing as a Mariner when he scattered four hits over seven innings Monday to beat Oakland. On Saturday, he was not sharp, and the Angels touched him for two runs in the first inning and another in the second.
Shohei Ohtani ripped RBI triples into the right field corner in his first two at-bats as the Angels (74-81) pounded out 14 hits and forced Seattle to go deep into its bullpen. Justus Sheffield allowed three runs in the fifth inning, and by the time the 27th out was recorded Seattle had sent five relievers to the hill.
“Obviously it’s very frustrating,” Anderson said. “They didn’t swing at pitches. My changeup location was the one thing I thought was a little off. Other than that, they hit the ball. It was over pretty quick.”
It was only the Mariners’ sixth setback in their past 24 road games, but it left them three behind New York and Boston for the second and last wild-card spot with seven games left in the regular season.
Ty France started the night as Seattle’s hottest hitter, having batted .414 on this road trip while hitting safely in 32 of his past 41 games, but he went 0-for-3 at the plate Saturday.
Oakland (84-71) edged Houston 2-1 earlier Saturday on a walk-off double by Starling Marte to creep within a game-and-a-half of the Mariners (85-69) in the AL West. The two teams open a crucial three-game series Monday at T-Mobile Park.
Mitch Haniger almost gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Brandon Marsh made a leaping catch at the wall in center field. Marsh singled to lead off the bottom of the frame and scored on Ohtani’s triple. Ohtani scored on Gosselin’s ground out to second base to make it 2-0, and Luis Rengifo homered to center to increase the Angels’ lead to 3-0 with two outs in the second inning.
Marsh led off the third with a single and scored on Ohtani’s triple. Gosselin singled to score Ohtani, Mayfield blooped a single to right, Stassi walked to load the bases, and Jared Walsh singled to score two more runs and end Anderson’s night.
Seattle fell to 7-2 on its current road trip and allowed 14 or more runs for the third time this season. Crawford has hit safely in three straight games and in six of his past seven games.
“All the games are important. … The game got away from us tonight,” Servais said. “The best thing our guys can do after a game like this is take a hot shower, get a good night’s rest and go out and win the series tomorrow.”