Justin Upton delivers big blow in Angels victory over Mariners – Orange County Register

SEATTLE — Justin Upton enjoyed his finest moment with the Angels, a couple hours after one that he’d likely rather forget.

Upton’s two-run double snapped a tie in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

The victory allowed the Angels to pull back within one game of the Minnesota Twins in the wild card race.

The Mariners had scored their first two runs after what appeared to be a miscommunication between Upton and Mike Trout on lazy fly ball in the second inning.

In his first nine games with the Angels, Upton had also made an error and lost a ball in the sun. Offensively, he’d cooled off after a quick start with his new team, with just one hit in the 14 at-bats prior to his turn in the eighth inning.

The Angels had just tied the game, 2-2, an inning earlier on a Luis Valbuena, getting back the second of the two runs the Mariners scored after the outfield mixup.

Pinch-hitter Ben Revere led off the eighth with a single. Brandon Phillips bunted him to second and then the Mariners intentionally walked Trout. Upton then lined a double into left-center and Revere and Trout scored.

Upton went to third on Albert Pujols’ fly…

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