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Healy's 11th-inning RBI caps Mariners' wild win

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SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Scott Servais knows his team is going to see a lot of the rival Angels in the American League West this year. And if Saturday night's wild 9-8 victory in 11 innings is any indication, it should be quite a ride.

Ryon Healy's walk-off single lifted the Mariners to a win in their first extra-inning contest of the season, a four-hour, 29-minute marathon that seesawed back and forth with 16 runs scored from the sixth inning on.

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SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Scott Servais knows his team is going to see a lot of the rival Angels in the American League West this year. And if Saturday night's wild 9-8 victory in 11 innings is any indication, it should be quite a ride.

Ryon Healy's walk-off single lifted the Mariners to a win in their first extra-inning contest of the season, a four-hour, 29-minute marathon that seesawed back and forth with 16 runs scored from the sixth inning on.

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"It's just competing," Servais said after his team scored twice in the 11th to pull out the win. "It says a lot about our ballclub and clubhouse. This is going to be a fun season. There's going to be quite a few games like that. And hopefully we're on the right side of them."

Video: LAA@SEA: Servais on extra-inning win

With the win, the Mariners evened the series at a game apiece and moved a half-game back of the Angels and Astros atop a tight AL West at 19-13.

With Seattle trailing, 8-7, into the bottom of the 11th, Robinson Cano walked and scored on Kyle Seager's one-out double off Jim Johnson. Healy then delivered his third career walk-off hit with a drive down the third-base line off Eduardo Paredes-- the Angels' seventh reliever of the night -- to snap the Halos' four-game win streak.

Video: LAA@SEA: Seager slugs game-tying double in the 11th

Healy, just getting up to speed after dealing with two different injuries since his offseason acquisition from the A's, went 3-for-6 and notched the third walk-off hit of his career.

What did he learn about his new club in this back-and-forth battle?

"Resilience," said Healy. "The Angels didn't give up either. They went out there and kept scoring and kept putting runners on base and executing. You look at their roster top to bottom and look at ours, it's pretty similar on paper. A lot of talent, a lot of veteran leadership on both sides. You're going to see some really good battles between us."

Video: LAA@SEA: Healy discusses Mariners' 11-inning win

The Angels had regained the lead in the top of the 11th when Mike Trout scampered home on an infield single by Andrelton Simmons on a slow roller to third with two outs off reliever Erik Goeddel.

Seattle had chances earlier, but the Angels tied the game in the ninth on a two-run homer by Justin Upton off closer Edwin Diaz, then gained the lead on Chris Young's RBI single off Juan Nicasio in the 10th. The Mariners, who rallied from a four-run deficit earlier, knotted the game back up when Ben Gamel scampered home on a throwing error by first baseman Jefry Marte.

Video: LAA@SEA: Gamel scores game-tying run on error in 10th

Mike Zunino's two-run homer capped a four-run burst in the eighth as Seattle took a 6-4 lead, but Diaz couldn't hold that advantage as he suffered his first blown save in 14 chances this year. Upton's tying blast to dead center came with the Angels down to their last strike, following a two-out double by Trout.

"I think Edwin is the happiest person in the building right now," said Servais. "It's tough. That's your job and he's been awesome for us. He just left a pitch in the middle of the plate to Upton. It's tough when you're the closer and feel you let everybody down, but we picked Eddie up tonight."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Healy cut the margin to one with an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Justin Anderson before Zunino lofted his moonshot to left for the initial go-ahead runs on his fourth homer of the season. The 375-foot home run had a launch angle of 41 degrees, the highest of any of Zunino's 52 home runs since Statcast™ began recording in 2015.

Video: LAA@SEA: Zunino cranks go-ahead 2-run home run in 8th

"Stretch, stretch, stretch," Zunino said he was thinking as he watched the towering fly ball. "I knew I hit it well. I barreled it, I was just hoping it went far enough. I just got lucky that it did. I'm just happy for all the guys today. Everyone contributed and did an outstanding job and I was just happy I was able to do that for the team."

SOUND SMART
Cano's two-run double in the sixth raised his career RBI total to 1,201, fourth most among active players behind Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera. He's now the third second baseman in MLB history (along with Rogers Hornsby and Jeff Kent) to accumulate at least 1,100 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 homers and 1,200 RBIs.

Video: LAA@SEA: Cano drills a 2-run double into the gap

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Utility man Andrew Romine made his first outfield start of the season and the veteran pulled off a nice defensive play as he went up near the top of the wall in left to haul in a deep drive by Simmons in the eighth inning. Romine said he probably didn't need to jump on that play, but he was hopping even more after notching his first hit to snap an 0-for-17 start with the Mariners as his double in the eighth pushed Guillermo Heredia to third and set up a crucial fourth run that inning when Heredia scored on a wild pitch.

Video: LAA@SEA: Romine leaps for tough catch at the wall

"I was glad to finally contribute something offensively," Romine said. "This team, this offense, it always feels like we're going to do something and no lead is out of reach."

HE SAID IT
"I feel like I threw yesterday. It was quite a ride watching our team battle back." -- Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, who gave up four runs in six innings

Video: LAA@SEA: Gonzales fans Rivera to retire side in 4th

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Mariners scored what turned out to be a huge final run in their four-run eighth when Heredia slid home around the tag of reliever Blake Parker after sprinting home on a wild pitch. Catcher Rene Rivera chased down the pitch and fired to Parker at the plate, but Heredia tucked his foot around Parker's glove and the safe call was confirmed after a replay review.

Video: LAA@SEA: Heredia scores on wild pitch after a review

UP NEXT
Sunday's series finale features an interesting pitching matchup between longtime Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (4-2, 4.89 ERA) and new Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani (2-1, 4.43). Hernandez has pitched better of late, relying more on his curve and offspeed pitches while going 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA over his last four starts.

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

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