SEATTLE (AP) – Mark Trumbo hit a two-run single in the eighth inning that helped hand Felix Hernandez his first loss in nearly three-months, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 Saturday.
Hernandez (13-6) lost for the first time since June 12. He entered this outing 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his previous 14 starts, including a perfect game.
Mike Trout and Torii Hunter singled to open the eighth. Albert Pujols then hit a one-hopper to third baseman Kyle Seager, who couldn’t corral it down for an error. That allowed Trout to score, tying the game at 2, while Hunter and Pujols each moved into scoring position.
Kendrys Morales bounced out, and Trumbo then sent a hit through the left side as both runners scored easily.
The three-run rally continued against reliever Stephen Pryor as Howie Kendrick delivered a RBI single.
The Angels have won five in a row.
King Felix gave up five runs — four earned — in 7 1-3 innings. He yielded nine hits, walked two and struck out seven.
In three starts against the Angels, Hernandez is 0-2. He has allowed 15 runs and 24 hits for a 5.75 ERA. His ERA against the rest of baseball: 2.16.
Ervin Santana (8-11) went seven innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Ernesto Frieri worked the ninth to pick up his 17th save in 19 opportunities.
The Angels scored first, on Pujols’ RBI double in the first inning.
Trayvon Robinson tied it with his second home run, in the third. Franklin Gutierrez gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring double in the third.
NOTES: The Angels added four players to the roster. Left-handers Nick Maronde and Andrew Taylor had their contracts purchased from the minors while C John Hester and INF Andrew Romine were recalled. “That depth is something that can help you,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. … Seattle also added a pair, OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Erasmo Ramirez. The club intends to bring up more players but will wait until after the minor league season ends Monday. OF Michael Saunders sat out after tweaking his right hamstring Friday. It came after he missed six games with the same injury. “I don’t think it’s any setback whatsoever,” Saunders said. He expected to be back in the lineup in a couple days. Manager Eric Wedge added, “Sometimes you just don’t know till you get out there at game speed.” this was the first of three straight home day games for the Mariners, the first time that has happened since Sept. 4-6, 1999, against Boston.