Mike Trout comes through in 9th as Angels beat Mariners 6-3

Mike Trout comes through in 9th as Angels beat Mariners 6-3

The M's went quietly in the bottom of the inning against Yusmeiro Petit, who earned his second save of the season.

Paxton hurt himself in the seventh inning of his start on Thursday. Perhaps he'd been right in his personal diagnosis, after the Mariners' heartbreaking 6-3 loss, that his injury wasn't too serious and he'd be able to make his next scheduled start.

Paxton is hopeful it's a minor injury, but will have an MRI on Friday that should provide the Mariners more clarity how long they could be without their ace in the middle of the playoff chase.

The Mariners Friday recalled RHP Andrew Moore from AAA Tacoma to take the roster spot of LHP James Paxton, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left pectoral muscle.

MLB.com's Greg Johns reports that Paxton is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks, by which point the makeup of the AL wild card standings could look very different. No doubt. It's been a insane season with all the injuries. It really has been with all the injuries. To put ourselves in the position we are now, a lot of it has to do with James Paxton. There's no doubt. He's been really, really good.

"It's obviously not what we wanted", the pitcher said. I expect to see double-digit runs in this contest.

Paxton couldn't hide his disappointment or frustration. It's something he's never dealt with.

Paxton said he was told a pectoral strain is an uncommon injury for pitchers, but that would only seem to add to his unique injury history. "I feel like I've had enough of those".

For the Mariners, the pitching injuries just continue to pile up. Unfortunately we went through a similar thing in May.

The Angels are 14-4 in their last 18 during game 3 of a series, 6-2 in Ramirezs last 8 road starts and 4-0 in Ramirezs last 4 starts vs. In 1192/3 innings, he's struck out 138 batters.

Paxton was working his way into the conversation for Cy Young Award consideration. He came into start against the Angels sporting a 12-3 record and 2.70 ERA, with 132 strikeouts in just over 113 innings pitched. The Mariners' relief corps has been used heavily in the past week.

Bergman, 29, was 4-4 with a 5.44 ERA earlier this season in nine big-league games while pitching primarily as a starter.

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