ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former Tates Creek and University of Kentucky star Trevor Gott pitched a perfect top of the 10th inning and earned his first major league victory on Sunday.
Kole Calhoun scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Tom Wilhelmsen in the 10th inning after Albert Pujols grounded into a bases-loaded double play against a five-man infield, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2.
Johnny Giavotella led off the 10th with a line-drive single off the glove of Wilhelmsen (1-2). Calhoun followed with a hit-and-run single that put runners at the corners, and Mike Trout was intentionally walked for the second straight time.
Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon then motioned left fielder Dustin Ackley in for a five-man infield, and Pujols grounded into a 62⁄3 double play started by shortstop Brad Miller. But Wilhelmsen uncorked his first wild pitch of the season on a full count with runners at second and third and rookie Kyle Kubitza at the plate.
Gott (1-0), whose fastball has been clocked as high as 98 mph, hasn't given up a run in seven relief appearances since being called up to the majors earlier this month.
"I think what's real exciting about Trevor is he brought his game to the major leagues," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Daily News. "What he was doing in the minor leagues was terrific. But sometimes guys come up here and it takes a while to get their feet on the ground. ...
"But Trevor brought exactly the game that he had in the minor leagues to the major leagues and it's a huge part of our bullpen. ... His potential is to be a back-end guy and he just has a terrific arm. It's important to us right now."
The Angels, held to one hit by Felix Hernandez over the first six innings, tied the score in the seventh with an RBI single by pinch-hitter Erick Aybar against Mark Lowe. Charlie Furbush hit David Freese with a pitch to open the inning.
Calhoun put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 in the eighth with an RBI single off Joe Beimel, but closer Huston Street gave up Kyle Seager's 12th homer in the ninth after striking out Robinson Cano and retiring Nelson Cruz. The blown save was the third in 24 opportunities this season for Street, who remains four saves shy of 300.
Angels lefty Hector Santiago retired his first 10 batters before giving up a one-out single in the fourth to Franklin Gutierrez, a walk to Cano and an RBI double by Cruz.