Angels move into 2nd wild card spot with 5th straight victory – Orange County Register

SEATTLE — The Angels have reached a notable, although meaningless, moment.

They are currently sitting in the second wild card spot, after running their winning streak to five games with a come-from-behind, 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

The Angels have taken the first three games of this series against the team that was leading the race for the second wild card when it began. The Mariners were since passed by the Minnesota Twins, who also lost on Saturday to allow the Angels to pass them both.

At 60-58, the Angels still have 44 games to play, which is why being in playoff position now means little.

“We’re still in long-season mode right now,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. “You can put an abnormal amount of importance on every game if you want, and it becomes a distraction. We need to play free, just like we did in spring training. We need to play loose. Some of the comeback wins are indicative of that.”

For example, in this one the Angels trailed 3-1 after six innings, having struggled with the pedestrian Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez.

Once the Seattle bullpen…

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