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Hunter Keeps Angels Alive In Playoff Hunt, Drives In Winning Run To Beat Mariners

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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single to tie the game in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single to tie the game in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Torii Hunter’s RBI singles tied it in the seventh inning and ended it in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to keep pace in the AL wild-card race with their fifth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Erick Aybar had an early two-run double before Hunter ended it for the Angels (86-69), who remained two games behind Oakland (88-67) after the other three teams in the AL wild-card race all won earlier in the day.

Pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis opened the ninth with a single off Stephen Pryor (3-1) and advanced to third on a wild pitch and Peter Bourjos’ bunt. Seattle walked rookie Mike Trout to face Hunter, who coolly stroked a single to center.

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