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MLB: Seattle 2, Los Angeles Angels 1

Sept. 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Hisashi Iwakuma fired 7 1/3 shutout innings Sunday and the Seattle Mariners eked out a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Iwakuma (6-3) scattered five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven for his fourth win in five starts.

Josh Kinney worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh, sending the Mariners into the ninth with a 2-0 lead.

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen issued a one-out walk to Kendrys Morales, who was replaced by pinch-runner Vernon Wells. He went to second base on fielder's indifference as Mark Trumbo struck out.

Howie Kendrick, however, delivered a run-scoring single to make it 2-1, and with Erick Aybar at the plate, stole second base to get into scoring position.

But Wilhelmsen got Aybar on a game-ending flyout to notch his 22nd save.

Jesus Montero and Carlos Peguero each socked a solo homer for Seattle, which avoided a three-game sweep.

Angels starter Jared Weaver (16-4) allowed eight hits and walked four over 5 1/3 innings, surrendering a pair of runs.

Los Angeles fell 3 1/2 games off the pace for an American League wild card spot.

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