The Mariners found out earlier in the day their star pitcher would miss a few weeks, and they blew a four-run lead, and they coughed up the winning run on a costly error from their shortstop, Jean Segura, who made an incredible stop the inning before.
The loss dropped the Mariners a half-game out of the second Wild Card spot. So it was unsurprising to see Cruz, the Mariners' leader in home runs and RBI, painfully foul a ball off his foot, then tenderly test that foot with manager Scott Servais and a trainer at his side.
Seattle Mariners' Mike Zunino, right, is congratulated by Jarrod Dyson on his two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Seattle. The game is never really over for us. "After that, I saw the slide pop up and hit a double". Just like that a 5-1 lead disappeared.
"Sometimes you go through a little funk and you don't want to throw in the towel", Pujols said.
The latest injury to Paxton only adds to a season of setbacks among Seattle's starting rotation. Hisashi Iwakuma has been out since early May with shoulder troubles, Felix Hernandez is in his second stint on the disabled list and Paxton could be joining him.
The Angels recalled Jefry Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake and he was immediately inserted into the lineup at third base. That's the inning they blew their 5-1 lead. Just like that, the Mariners' 5-1 lead disappeared.
Angels: Ricky Nolasco (5-12) makes his 24th start, looking for just his fourth win since May.
Gonzales struggled in his Seattle debut on Sunday, when he allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings of a no-decision against Kansas City.