The strikeouts were great for Angels right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, 13 of them in five innings, including four in the fourth and one with the bases loaded to end the fifth against the Seattle Mariners.

One problem: It took 110 pitches, five short of his 115-pitch cap, to rack up those strikeouts, and Greinke had to turn the game over in the sixth inning to a less-than-trustworthy bullpen that leads the American League with 22 blown saves.

There was a near meltdown by left-hander Scott Downs, who gave up three runs in the seventh, but relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri held on to preserve a 5-4 victory that kept the Angels two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot with eight games left.