Angels keep pace in race with Freese's homer in ninth

Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:07am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - As the clock approaches midnight on the season, the Los Angeles Angels refuse to turn into pumpkins.

David Freese homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in front of 37,866 at Angel Stadium.

The Angels used their fourth consecutive victory to remain half a game behind the Houston Astros, who hold the American League's second wild-card spot, and move within four games of the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West with eight to play.

But Los Angeles might have lost closer Huston Street, who leads the league with 40 saves. Street left the game in the top of the ninth after running to cover third base on a ground ball.

As Street was running, he pulled up and was unable to put any weight on his left leg.

"It looks like it's right around the groin," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know how severe this one is. We'll see."

Street, who faced only two batters and allowed one hit in one-third of an inning, is the second reliever to suffer an injury within the week. The Angels lost right-hander Joe Smith, their eighth-inning specialist, when he sprained his left ankle while walking down a hotel stairway Sept. 19.

"It's a huge loss for us," Angels center fielder Mike Trout said of Street's injury. "It's devastating. I hope Joe gets back in the next few days."

Freese, the first batter in the bottom of the ninth, powered an 89 mph fastball from right-hander Danny Farquhar (1-5) over the outstretched glove of center fielder Shawn O'Malley and the outfield fence for his 12th homer of the season.   Continued...

September 26, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese (6) celebrates after he hits a solo home run to win the game 3-2 in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports