Pujols double helps Angels defeat Mariners

James Paxton has a 2.70 ERA and has established himself a dark horse for the Cy Young

The Mariners are now tied for the second American League wild card playoff spot with the Tampa Bay Rays. Jean Segura went 3 for 5 while Yonder Alonso and Jarrod Dyson each put up a pair of base hits in the losing effort.

Erasmo Ramirez has served up five homers over 8 1/3 innings in two starts since being re-acquired from Tampa Bay.

The Mariners led 5-1 Friday.

Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trouble in the eighth.

With one down in the ninth, Mike Trout walked and Albert Pujols followed with a line drive single to center. He fielded the ball and scooped it to Ramirez running to cover first. The flip was high and caromed off Ramirez's glove, allowing Cowart to reach on the error and the Angels to pull within 2-1.

Pujols had three hits, as did Cruz for Seattle. Nolasco struck out five and walked three on the afternoon.

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Before Saturday's game, the Mariners will honor former star Edgar Martinez, who now serves as hitting coach, by retiring his No. 11.

James Paxton went on the 10-day disabled list Friday for the second time this season.

Albers had the 3rd best ERA (2.61) in the International League where he was pitching for the Braves AAA affiliate. To make room on the roster for Bailey, OF Cesar Puello was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Paxton has been the lone bright spot in the Mariners' rotation this season and entered Thursday's contest with a chance to become the first pitcher in team history to win eight consecutive games. JC Ramirez is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA in six career relief appearances against Seattle, and the victory occurred prior to him being moved into the rotation this season. Miranda is coming off of a rough outing in which he gave up six earned in just five innings and has allowed four or more earned runs in four of his last six starts and six of his last ten.

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