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ANAHEIM — Justin Upton played a rehab game 48 miles from here on Friday. Andrelton Simmons still isn’t allowed to move laterally on a baseball field. The Angels’ injured list had a few more excuses at the ready, but not enough to explain a 6-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners practically had a monopoly on excuses. Only two teams began the day with a larger deficit in their division than Seattle, which hadn’t won a road game since May 8. All-Star right fielder Mitch Haniger went on the injured list earlier in the day with a ruptured testicle.

Yet by the ninth inning, the Mariners had the Angels pressed so firmly against the ropes that emergency pitcher Jared Walsh was warming up.

For the second consecutive day, the Angels couldn’t coax enough innings out of their starting pitcher. Andrew Heaney got through five innings with a 2-1 deficit, then waned in the sixth. Daniel Vogelbach led off with a single. Heaney hit Tim Beckham with a two-strike curveball. Kyle Seager struck out, Mac Williamson hit a pop-up for the second out, and Heaney got ahead of light-hitting catcher Tom Murphy 0-and-2.

Then Heaney laid a sinker over the middle of the plate. The pitch hardly sank, and Murphy crushed it 391 feet for a three-run home run.

That gave Seattle a comfortable 5-1 lead that it did not relinquish. Domingo Santana hit a pair of solo home runs – one against Heaney, another against reliever Luis Garcia.

In his third start of the season, Heaney allowed five runs in 5⅔ innings. The left-hander walked two batters and struck out 10. He didn’t allow a hit until the third inning, but by the time of his 21st and final pitch in the sixth he had thrown one pitch too many. Heaney threw a season-high 107 pitches in all.

Kole Calhoun hit a home run against Marco Gonzales (6-6) in the second inning, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. Gonzales didn’t allow another hit until the sixth inning. That hit, a single by Albert Pujols, ended Gonzales’ day after 109 pitches.

Gonzales allowed only the two hits and walked three batters in 5⅔ innings. He struck out five.

Mariners right-hander Cory Gearrin relieved Gonzales and faced pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella. The lefty-on-righty matchup worked in the Angels’ favor, as La Stella drove in Mike Trout with a single. That run aroused the final cheer from the announced crowd of 41,495 at Angel Stadium.

Trout, Calhoun, Pujols and La Stella accounted for the Angels’ four hits. Angels right-hander Cody Allen pitched two scoreless innings of relief, his fifth consecutive outing without allowing a run.

The Angels’ second straight loss left them 30-34, 13½ games behind the first-place Astros in the American League West.

More to come on this story.

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