SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle Mariners rallied to a 5-3 victory Monday, preventing the Los Angeles Angels from closing ground in the American League West.
Mike Carp launched a go-ahead two-run home run to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning to give the Mariners (57-76) a win against an Angels team trying to climb into the playoffs.
"The last month is going to hinge on getting enough offense to absorb one pitch that's not in the zone," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't do that tonight."
Los Angeles (72-62), which lost two of three during a recent series against first-place Texas, fell 3.5 games behind the Rangers with their latest loss.
Seattle, meanwhile, ended a three-game losing streak on the strength of Carp's 432-foot blow.
"This is definitely the longest (homer) I've hit here. It definitely felt better than all the ones so far," Carp told reporters.
"I wanted to move the runner over, obviously, that was my job. And I did more than that, which is good."
The Angels climbed out of a 2-0 deficit against Seattle with three runs in the fourth inning.
Mark Trumbo tied the game with a two-run homer and Erick Aybar had a run-scoring double to give the visitors a 3-2 edge.
Los Angeles starter Joel Pineiro tossed six innings and allowed three runs but it was losing reliever Hisanori Takahashi who the Mariners rallied against in the eighth.
Dustin Ackley opened the eighth with a double to set up Carp's big blast and finished 3-for-3 at the plate. He also added an RBI triple in the fifth to tie the game 3-3.
Japan's Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for the Mariners.
Seattle's Blake Beavan kept his team in the game by pitching seven quality innings.
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the eighth to earn the win while Brandon League closed out the ninth to earn his 32nd save of the season.
(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in LA; Editing by Alastair Himmer)