SEATTLE -- Jean Segura has proven to be a huge addition at the top of the Mariners' lineup, and the hot-hitting shortstop was at it again Wednesday with four RBIs -- including a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth -- as Seattle battled back for an 8-7 win over the Angels at Safeco Field.
Segura, who also had a two-run homer in the fifth, capped the Mariners' game-winning rally off Angels reliever Blake Parker after Jarrod Dyson tied the game with a two-out, two-run bases-loaded double.
"We fought back," said Segura, who is hitting .314 since being acquired from the D-backs this offseason to fill Seattle's leadoff role. "It's tough to come back and win these games. But we put some good at-bats together. Dyson had a huge two-strike knock for us, and I was just trying to put a ball in play and make something happen. We're going to get better. We have to get better if we're going to win at this level."
The Angels have had 11 come-from-behind wins of their own this season, and they'd stormed back from a four-run deficit with a six-run sixth, bolstered by Mike Trout's eighth homer and Yunel Escobar's two-run double.
The Halos threatened to do it again in the ninth, as they cut the final margin to one with a homer by Kole Calhoun off Edwin Diaz and had the tying run on first before the 23-year-old closer struck out Albert Pujols for his fifth save.
"All losses are tough, but we battled back and put ourselves in a position to get the game on our terms, and we just couldn't get that one pitch to get out of that eighth inning," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Give those guys credit. They came back and got it."
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma sailed through five scoreless innings, but he gave up three straight hits -- including Trout's two-run blast -- leading off the sixth before the Angels took the lead against relievers Emilio Pagan and Nick Vincent.
The Mariners also got a home run from Robinson Cano and a three-hit game from Nelson Cruz as they improved to 12-16 with their first win in five games against the Angels, who fell to 15-14 after losing for only the third time in 11 games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Getting out in a hurry: The Mariners knocked out Ricky Nolasco with a three-run rally in the fifth, with Segura delivering the key blow with his homer. Segura has provided considerable pop from his leadoff spot, and his third round-tripper of the year was a rocket that left the bat at 106 mph and was projected by Statcast™ to travel 379 feet. Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel had doubles in the inning, and Cruz drove in a run with a broken-bat single to make it 4-0.
"I put myself in some bad counts and they started putting some hits together," Nolasco said. "Not much I can do when I put myself in a bad situation behind in the count like that. … They did a good job waiting me out and laying off some pitches and doing damage."
Nolasco also experienced some cramping and tightness in his right calf during the outing, though he said it should be all right.
It all starts with Trout: The Angels were trailing by that 4-0 margin until their two-time American League MVP unloaded a 412-foot blast to center field off Iwakuma to kick-start the six-run sixth. Trout's homer extended his MLB-leading hitting streak to 16 games, the longest of his career, and broke a long stretch of frustration against Iwakuma. Trout was 9-for-52 (.173) with 14 strikeouts against the veteran right-hander before launching a 2-0 cutter over the fence.
"I'm proud of our guys for hanging in there tonight. Things have not been going our way. We haven't played very well. But I thought we played a clean game tonight, which we didn't do last night, so that's a step in the right direction. It was a nice comeback and hopefully some momentum going into tomorrow." -- Mariners manager Scott Servais
CATCH OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
Pagan had a rough MLB debut, as he gave up three hits and three runs while getting just one out in relief of Iwakuma in the sixth. And the one out came on an incredible catch by left fielder Guillermo Heredia, who stuck his glove up as he slammed into the wall to rob Andrelton Simmons of a three-run homer. Instead, Simmons wound up with a sacrifice fly that cut the lead to 4-3 and Heredia wound up with a highlight catch that could hold up as one of the best of the season.
"Awesome," said Servais. "What a play. To go back on that ball and jump and time it like he did over the wall, that was a huge play in the game. … The at-bats, the energy, the defense, how he goes about it, I'm really happy for him and happy we got him. He's a big plus for us."
WHAT'S THE BEEF?
Both benches cleared and the bullpens emptied briefly in the top of the sixth after Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia fielded a bunt and tagged Angels catcher Martin Maldonado in the chest. The play appeared to be clean, but Valencia and Maldonado exchanged some words as he headed back to the dugout. That brought the troops out from both sides, but things dispersed quickly without further dispute.
"It's a misunderstanding," Maldonado said. "That's all."
WHAT'S NEXT Angels: The Angels will call up right-hander Alex Meyer to start against the Mariners in Thursday night's series finale at 7:10 PT at Safeco Field. Meyer lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his season debut against the Blue Jays on April 21, allowing two runs while walking four and striking out three.
Mariners: Left-hander Ariel Miranda closes out the series with the Angels Thursday, as he looks to follow up a win in Cleveland in which he allowed just two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old faced the Halos three times in the final two months last season, going 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA.