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  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, left, and right fielder Jo Adell chase a fly ball from Seattle Mariners’ Austin Nola that fell in for a two-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell tries to catch a deep fly ball from Seattle Mariners’ Evan White during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. White was credited with an RBI ground-rule double. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Mike Mayers reaches for the ball after giving up a run to the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is met at home by Jo Adell (59) and Max Stassi on his three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout connects for a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws against Los Angeles Angels’ Jo Adell in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Ryan Buchter throws to a Seattle Mariners batter duirng the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo throws to first base against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford, left, dives back safely to first base as Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols waits for the ball on a pick-off attempt in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout dives for, but misses, a fly ball from Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford for a single in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A Los Angeles Angels member sits behind the dugout an among cutout photos of Seattle Mariners fans, some now dressed in Angels’ shirts, during a baseball game against the Mariners Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, is congratulated by J.P. Crawford on his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Julio Teheran throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels can’t get to a single by J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at T-Mobile Park on August 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners hits his 200th home run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at T-Mobile Park on August 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels jogs to home plate after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Julio Teheran #49 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on August 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

  • Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels can’t get the tag on J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners, who safely steals second during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on August 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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Julio Teheran was one pitch away from ending the third inning Wednesday in Seattle. He’d waited for COVID-19 to pass through his system, and for his arm to get back up to speed at the Angels’ alternate training site.

Now he’d thrown 17 pitches in a scoreless inning in a scoreless game, only to see Manager Joe Maddon hustling to the mound to make a pitching change.

It was an earlier ending than Teheran might have envisioned. And it might have cost the Angels a win.

Left-hander Ryan Buchter took over for Teheran. Three pitches later, Kyle Seager crushed a three-run home run to give the Mariners the lead for good in an eventual 7-6 win.

The Angels lost despite getting two home runs from Mike Trout, and one each from David Fletcher and Max Stassi. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (2-1) limited the Angels to three hits, all solo home runs, in seven innings.

Trout’s home runs were his third and fourth of the season. The first barely cleared the glove of a leaping Kyle Lewis in center field, and brought the Angels within 4-3 in the sixth inning. It followed a line-drive blast to left field from Fletcher, his second homer in as many games.

In the eighth inning, Trout pounced on a hanging slider from reliever Taylor Williams, pummeling it into the second deck of seats in left field. Since he returned following the birth of his son, Trout has three home runs in seven at-bats.

Trailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, the Angels could not score against Mariners closer Carl Edwards Jr. The right-hander retired Albert Pujols, pinch hitter Brian Goodwin, and Jo Adell in order to end the game, the last two via strikeout.

Seattle took a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning when Dylan Moore doubled and scored on a Kyle Lewis single. That was the only run Matt Andriese allowed in three innings of relief. The right-hander started and threw 1 2/3 innings in a losing effort against the Astros last Friday.

Before the game, Maddon targeted 60 pitches for Teheran (0-1) in his 2020 debut. Teheran needed 52 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings. It was the second-shortest start of his career. Angels starters are averaging little more than 4 innings per start this season.

Teheran was charged with two earned runs when Seager homered against Buchter. He allowed two hits of his own, walked two batters, and struck out two.

The Mariners didn’t put the game out of reach until the seventh inning. Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez got two quick outs, then allowed consecutive singles to Lewis and Seager.

The next batter, Austin Nola, hit a fly ball between Trout and Adell in right-center field. Adell was closer to the ball, but the rookie let Trout attempt a diving catch instead. The ball fell for a double, and Lewis and Seager scored to put the Angels in a 6-3 hole. A ground-rule double by Evan White skipped under Adell’s glove, scoring Nola to make it 7-3.

The Angels (4-8) and Mariners (5-8) swapped places in the American League West standings.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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