Mitch Haniger walks Mariners off vs. Angels

SEATTLE — The Mariners brought their boomstick and their broomsticks on Wednesday, topping the Angels, 8-6, on a walk-off two-run homer by Mitch Haniger in the ninth inning for a series sweep as the magic continued at Safeco Field.

Haniger’s two-run blast was his third in the past two games and came after a one-out single by Jean Segura off Angels reliever Oliver Drake. Haniger, who now has 16 homers and 52 RBIs, also doubled off pinch-runner Jabari Blash at first base on a fly out to right field to end the Angels’ threat in the top of the ninth.


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SEATTLE — The Mariners brought their boomstick and their broomsticks on Wednesday, topping the Angels, 8-6, on a walk-off two-run homer by Mitch Haniger in the ninth inning for a series sweep as the magic continued at Safeco Field.

Haniger’s two-run blast was his third in the past two games and came after a one-out single by Jean Segura off Angels reliever Oliver Drake. Haniger, who now has 16 homers and 52 RBIs, also doubled off pinch-runner Jabari Blash at first base on a fly out to right field to end the Angels’ threat in the top of the ninth.


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Video: LAA@SEA: Haniger makes grab, doubles off Blash in 9th

Nelson Cruz launched his fifth home run in the past five games for Seattle and Ryon Healy kept pace, with his fourth homer in the past three days, which provided the tying run in the eighth.

Video: LAA@SEA: Cruz belts 436-foot homer at 111.1 mph

Both homers were prodigious blasts, with Cruz ripping a two-run, 436-foot shot above the out-of-town scoreboard in the third and Healy launching a 441-footer into the third deck in left field for the second-longest homer of the season by a member of the Mariners, per Statcast™.

Video: LAA@SEA: Healy crushes a game-tying homer in the 8th

The win was the fourth in a row for Seattle, which has gone 20-5 since May 18, their best 25-game stretch since 2003. The Mariners maintained their lead in the American League West, at 44-24, with their sixth walk-off win of the season.

The Mariners trailed, 6-4, after a pair of solo homers by the Angels in the seventh, but came back on an RBI double by Segura in the bottom of the seventh and Healy’s blast in the eighth.

Video: LAA@SEA: Segura plates Gordon with a double in 7th

Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales (7-3, 3.42 ERA) wasn’t as sharp as he’s been in recent outings, allowing seven hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. He’d given up just three earned runs over his previous 33 1/3 innings. But after departing with a 4-3 lead, he wound up with a no-decision and is still 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA over his past six starts.

Video: LAA@SEA: Gonzales K’s Maldonado to end threat in 5th

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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