Safeco Field - For the first time this season the Seattle Mariners have won a series. Behind six terrific innings from starter Hisashi Iwakuma and a pair of homeruns from Jason Bay and Michael Morse, the M's beat the Angels on Sunday, 2-1, to improve to 11-16 on the season.
Trailing 1-0 as they headed into the seventh inning, Bay led off the inning on a first pitch fastball from Angels starter Jason Vargas and he deposited it over the left field wall.
In the very next inning, with one out already recorded, Morse, who has been struggling for some time after dealing with a fractured pinkie, crushed a similar fastball from Vargas over the exact the same wall.
Tom Wilhelmsen came on in the ninth inning to collect his eighth save of the season.
With no score in the sixth inning, Andrew Romine led off with a double to right field. Peter Bourjos sacraficed him over to second. Mike Trout reached on a Robert Andino error. However, Iwakuma, who gave up only three hits, struck out eight and no earned runs, tightened the screws and got out of the inning with no further damage.
Player of the Game
Probably should be Iwakuma, but when you hit a game-winning home run, it should go to that person. So, Morse gets the call after collecting two hits, the go-ahead homer and snapping out of a mini-funk
Seattle starts up a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Joe Saunders (1-3, 6.33) gets the call vs. Zach Britton (1st 2013 appearance).