Mariners vs. Angels – Game Summary – September 19, 2022

ANAHEIM, Calif. – – Carlos Santana not only delivered a huge birthday present to his mom on Monday, he helped get the Seattle Mariners back on track as they try to make the postseason for the first time since 2001.

Santana hit two home runs, including his first grand slam in three years, and Ty France drove in four runs as the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

“My wife told me, ‘I think if you don’t hit a home run, you don’t love your mom.’ I said, ‘Okay, I love my mom,’” Santana said after his 15th multi-homer game and fourth this season. “That’s a lot of love right there.”

The 13-year veteran, who helped Cleveland to four postseason appearances, including the 2016 World Series, has hit 15 of his 19 home runs this season since Seattle acquired him from Kansas City in late June.

He has also gone deep seven times in his last nine games for Seattle (81-65), which opened up a five-game lead over Baltimore (76-70) for the final AL wild-card spot.

“After the second one I told him, ‘You must really love your mom,’ and he’s like, ‘She’s the best,’” manager Scott Servais said. “Carlos has been amazing. He’s a veteran presence in the clubhouse and he helps the guys, even through this little skid. Those guys are valuable, especially when they hit Grand Slams.”

Logan Gilbert struck out a career-high 11, allowing one run on four hits in six innings and helping prevent the Mariners from being swept in a four-game series at Angel Stadium for the first time in 10 years.

Gilbert had Shohei Ohtani chase down a slider to end a 12-pitch at-bat in the first inning and then struck out to the side in the second.

“I felt pretty good. I think it just means that your shots are working and you’re getting good counts, which is the priority all the time. It’s not just about the strikeouts, but it’s good to see,” Gilbert said.

Ohtani had two hits and scored in the sixth inning. The reigning AL MVP has hit safely in his last five games and is 6-for-17 during that span. Mike Trout was not in the lineup due to a planned rest day.

Seattle took a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning on Santana’s fifth career grand slam. He drove a 91.5-mile fastball from José Suárez 420 feet past the bullpens and into the stands at left center. He then added a solo shot to center in the ninth off Mike Mayers that went 423 feet.

France’s double down the left-field line drove in JP Crawford to put the Mariners up 1-0 in the first. France hit a three-run homer off Zack Weiss to make it 8-1 in the seventh.

Suárez allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.

“He was good for the first four innings,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “Crawford took some good hits from him, but he threw the ball well until that (fifth) inning. You fall behind 3-0 and you meet a guy like Santana, he’s going to do some damage.”

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Gilbert has a 2.01 ERA (nine earned runs in 40 1/3 innings) with nine walks and 45 strikeouts in his last seven starts since Aug. 14.

THAT’S A WRAP

Los Angeles held a 10-9 lead over the Mariners in 2022 and has won the season series in three of the past four years.

COACHES ROOM

Mariners: CF Julio Rodriguez (back) took at least 30 swings off a batting tee before the game and could return to the lineup Tuesday. … C Cal Raleigh stayed out of it as he deals with soreness in his left thumb.

Nevin said his plan is for Trout to play all but one of the remaining 15 games in center field, with the other appearance likely as a designated hitter.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Mariners: They continue their 10-game journey with three in Oakland. RHP Luis Castillo (7-5, 2.68) is 3-1 in nine starts since he was acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline.

Angels: They’ll hit the road for six games beginning Tuesday against Texas. LHP Patrick Sandoval (5-9, 2.99 ERA) is 0-2 in five games against the Rangers.

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