KEY MOMENT: With the Angels leading 6-2, Kevin Jepsen replaced starter Matt Shoemaker with runners on second and third and one out in the sixth. Jepsen got Michael Saunders, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, to fly to the wall in left, a run scoring, and cleanup batter Justin Smoak to hit a flare toward the left-field line. Grant Green made a running/diving catch to save a run. AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar crushed a full-count pitch from Mariners starter Brandon Maurer over the 380-foot sign in right-center for a three-run homer in the fourth, turning a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 cushion. The shortstop has 29 runs batted in. Kole Calhoun, making his first start in the leadoff spot since his return from a right ankle sprain, had two hits, two walks and scored three runs in six plate appearances. Mike Trout had three hits and two RBIs; C.J. Cron had three hits and two runs. ON THE MOUND: Shoemaker, called up from triple A after reliever Sean Burnett went on the disabled list, retired the first nine batters en route to a solid 51/3-inning, three-run, four-hit, six-strikeout, no-walk effort that pushed his record to 3-1. During the Angels' current 14-6 run, starters have fashioned a 2.94 earned-run average. Mike Morin and Joe Smith pitched scoreless innings. Fernando Salas gave up a two-run homer to Kyle Seager in the ninth, but Ernesto Frieri retired Stefan Romero and Dustin Ackley for his eighth save.
Erick Aybar hits a three-run homer in Angels' 7-5 win over Mariners
Los Angeles Times | May 30