The Mariners led 5-1 before a rough outing by Moore and an error by Segura allowed the Angels to rally to a 6-5 victory.
Some losses hurt worse than others. Friday night was one of those losses.
The Mariners found out earlier in the day their star pitcher would miss a few weeks, and they blew a four-run lead, and they coughed up the winning run on a costly error from their shortstop, Jean Segura, who made an amazing stop the inning before. They also lost, 6-5, in front of 38,206 fans at Safeco Field, their second straight loss after returning home, once again, with momentum and excitement.
The Mariners (59-58) had a chance to claim the second wild card spot all to themselves had they won on Friday. Instead they’re trailing the Twins by half a game and are tied with the surging Angels.
L.A. Angels @ M’s, 6:10 p.m., ROOT
“We were in control of the game tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It just got away from us.”
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Reliever James Pazos allowed the winning run to score in the ninth inning after walking Mike Trout and giving up a single to Albert Pujols with one out. That’s when Segura made his error.
Angels first baseman C.J. Cron chopped a ball to Segura, who charged but nearly caught the ball on an in-between hop. It bounced off his glove and skidded into the outfield, allowing Trout to score to give the Angels a 6-5 lead.
Just the inning before, Segura had made the defensive play of the game (and probably one of the defensive plays of the day) when he fully extended to his left to make a diving stop, then fired to first to throw out the runner.
But the real problem inning for the Mariners was the seventh inning. That’s the inning they blew their 5-1 lead.
There were decisions that will likely be discussed and second-guessed after this one. The first: The decision by Servais to have a quick hook with starter Marco Gonzales…