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Seattle held silent in 7-1 loss to Angels

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm •  Published: August 25, 2013

Josh Hamilton started the rally with a double, followed by Mike Trumbo just missing a home run and doubling off the right field wall to pull the Angels even at 1-1. Conger was intentionally walked and Nelson made Harang pay for the decision, slicing a fly ball that landed on the right-field foul line and bounced into the corner. Trumbo and Conger scored easily while Nelson raced around to third with his second triple. Grant Green then capped the inning beating out an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop that allowed Nelson to score.

The Angels finally knocked out Harang in the sixth, again sending eight batters to the plate and doing it all with two outs. Green's two-out bloop single was followed by Bourjos' RBI triple off the left-center wall. Calhoun then ended Harang's day with his fourth homer of the season and first since Aug. 6.

Harang struck out seven, but allowed seven earned runs for the third time in August and fourth time in his last eight starts.

"I feel like they started to be aggressive and swing at first pitches. I was throwing first-pitch strikes early in the game and getting them behind and getting them to chase pitches. I think once the lineup switched over for the second time, they came out swinging early and trying to make something happen. Obviously, it worked.

Seattle's lone highlight was Ackley's homer, his first at Safeco Field in more than a year. After slumping early in the season and going down to the minors, Ackley is hitting .330 in his last 26 games.

"I was telling somebody when I came in, I was like, 'That felt pretty weird, jogging around the bases. I haven't done that in a while,'" Ackley said. "It was definitely good to get a good swing on the ball, get a ball in the air, glad it got out of there."

Notes: Weaver improved to 13-8 all-time against Seattle in 27 career starts. The 13 wins are tied for most against any one team (Texas). ... The Angels now have swept four series of at least three games on the road this season. ... Seattle OF Michael Saunders missed his second straight game due to neck stiffness.