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ANAHEIM, Calif. ... ren-pt-63/ . -- Its been obvious for quite some time that the Los Angeles Angels werent going to the playoffs. Now its official. The Angels beat Seattle 6-5 Saturday night for their 21st victory in 28 games, but this surge came way too late. Earlier in the day, they were mathematically eliminated from post-season contention. After starting the year with big expectations, boosted by the winter signing of former MVP Josh Hamilton, the injury-plagued Angels didnt spend one day atop the AL West after winning their season opener at Cincinnati. The Angels have been no fewer than nine games out of first place since the All-Star break. This is their fourth straight year without a post-season berth, after winning five division titles. "I think the one word that still lingers out of all this clubhouse and how we all feel is certainly frustration," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I dont think theres been any way to sugarcoat it. Its obviously not a good feeling when you dont accomplish your goal. "Theres been some nonperformance on our club, some injuries and some depth issues. But I think weve gone a long way in the past month to show the kind of baseball we can play, particularly on the pitching side. Hopefully well temper that frustration and finish strong," he said. Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home for the Angels. Rookie Grant Green hit a three-run double to help Jerome Williams win his fourth straight start. Cowgill walked and scored in the second inning and hit a solo homer in the fourth. He tripled to open the seventh, then broke for the plate as Andrew Romine squared around to try a suicide-squeeze bunt, and scored when left-hander Joe Saunders pitch sailed to the backstop. Williams (9-10) allowed one run, five hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings. He left after No. 9 hitter Henry Blanco snapped an 0-for-32 drought with a bloop single. "I always want to go out there and do my best," he said. "Ive had a couple of rough stretches, and now I just want to finish strong and end this season on a good note." Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 36th save in 40 attempts despite giving up Raul Ibanezs 300th career homer. Ibanez and Ted Williams are the only players to hit 29 home runs during the season in which they were 41 years old. "I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be in this situation," Ibanez said. "Anytime youre in the company of the great Ted Williams -- and its just this one thing that I have in common with him -- its a great blessing. I read his book when I was in high school, and he was the greatest hitter that ever lived." What made this milestone even sweeter for Ibanez was that it came with the Mariners, the team he began his big league career with in 1996. This is his third stint with the club. "Ive always considered myself a Mariner," said the 17-year veteran, who hit a career-high 34 homers in 2009 with Philadelphia. "This is the organization that first game me the opportunity. So to do this in a Mariners uniform, I feel very fortunate." Saunders (11-16) tied the Astros Lucas Harrell and the Cubs Edwin Jackson for the most losses in the majors. Saunders gave up six runs and six hits over seven innings and tied a career best with nine strikeouts. The 32-year-old left-hander threw 125 pitches, one short of his career high. Abraham Almonte scored Seattles second run on a seventh-inning balk by rookie Cory Rasmus. NOTES: Last year, the Angels post-season hopes ended with two games left on the schedule. ... LHP C.J. Wilson, who goes into Sundays start with a 17-6 record and a string of nine straight winning decisions, was presented with the fifth annual Nick Adenhart memorial award as the Angels top pitcher of the season during a pregame ceremony. Jered Weaver won it the first four years. ... Justin Smoak was hitless in three at-bats against Williams, and is 1 for 19 lifetime against him with seven strikeouts. ... The Mariners are 0-68 this season when trailing after eight innings, and 6-221 during Eric Wedges three years as manager. . There is no argument that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the best team after the first eight games of the 2011 season, with a 7-1 record. ... men-by-60/ . The Blazers announced the layoffs on Thursday, about a month after Chris McGowan became the new team president.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels shelled out big bucks to C.J. Wilson during the off-season because of his reputation for pitching deep into games and eating up innings. The fact that they dont have to face him anymore was just a bonus. Wilson pitched effectively through eight innings and got home run support from Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo as the Angels bounced back from consecutive shutout losses against Toronto to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 Saturday night with slumping slugger Albert Pujols on the bench. "Our job is to go out there and throw eight or nine innings every time. Thats what were built to do, so anything less is kind of disappointing," said Wilson, who threw 203 innings in 2010 and 223 1-3 last year for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers after five seasons in their bullpen. "I felt like I was shooting myself in the foot lately with mistakes and high pitch counts early in the game, but tonight I had some quick innings early," he added. "And the fact that we scored took a little bit of pressure off, so I was able to attack hitters a little bit more." Wilson (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits, including Adam Linds leadoff homer in the seventh, and struck out nine. The All-Star left-hander had his longest outing in six starts with the Angels, who signed him to a five-year, $77.5 million contract as a free agent in December. "Obviously, theyve got a lot of power," Wilson said. "Its like you think you have them under your thumb, and then all of a sudden, you make one mistake and -- boom -- home run. Sometimes you have to go for the corners and maybe take the risk of throwing a ball, instead of coming right down the middle. Obviously, you want to throw strikes, but you dont want to throw meatballs -- because the meatball I threw tonight was a home run." Torontos other run came on an RBI single by Jose Bautista, who struck out twice against Wilson. "He was spotting his fastball and the cutter," Bautista said. "That was working for him today and he stuck with it all game long and we couldnt make enough adjustments." Kyle Drabek (2-3) was charged with five runs, eight hits and five walks in five-plus innings. When Trout came to bat in the fifth with the score tied 1-all, a blond teenager appeared on the video board, holding up a placard asking the 20-year-old rookie to accompany her to her prom. Two pitches later, Trout hit his first home run in seven games and 25 at-bats since his recall from Triple-A Salt Lake. The video crew again showed the teenager with the sign, while Trout circled the bases on his sixth big league homer. "Somebbody just came over to me and said it was on the big screen. ... ren-aa-60/. I didnt even see it," Trout said. "Thats a first for me. Its awesome that the fans are out there cheering for me." Perhaps someone should ask Pujols to the prom. The three-time NL MVP, batting .194 with five RBIs and no home runs, got the day off after playing in the Angels first 27 games. He is in the longest homer drought of his 12-year career, 33 games and 137 at-bats since late last season with St. Louis, and has only one RBI in his last 18 games -- on a Baltimore-chop groundout to third base. Pujols, in the first year of a 10-year, $240 million contract, averaged 40.5 home runs during his 11 seasons with the Cardinals -- including a career-best 49 in 2006 -- and is the only player in major league history to hit 30 or more homers in each of his first 11 big league campaigns. Hes never gone this late into a season without one. "I think everybody needs a day, no matter who you are or what the situation is," Angels outfielder Vernon Wells said. "I mean, when you play this game at this level, you want to be in the lineup every day from a competitors standpoint. But thats what you have a manager for -- to regulate that kind of thing and be able to realize when guys need a day and allow them to kind of just push reset and start over." Immediately after Trumbo led off the sixth with his fourth homer, the Angels loaded the bases with a walk, a single by Erick Aybar and a bunt hit by Bobby Wilson that chased Drabek. Trout followed with a sacrifice fly against Jason Frasor, who committed a throwing error to second base on a potential inning-ending double-play comebacker by Alberto Callaspo as the Angels increased the margin to 5-1. Frasor struck out Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded after a scratch single by Kendrys Morales, who had three hits. "It was one of those games where they executed and we didnt, so they won. Thats it," Bautista said. "Theres no need to overanalyze it. Its not that big of a deal. Weve got a game tomorrow and were going try to take this series and move on." NOTES: The last time Pujols drove in a run with a hit was April 15, when he singled against Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano at New York. When a group of reporters approached Pujols at his locker before the game to ask about his omission from the lineup, he said: "Go ask the manager, not me, guys. I dont make the lineup." ... After five consecutive games on this homestand that were played in under 2 1/2 hours -- including one that took 2:11 and two that lasted 2:10 -- this one was over in 2 hours, 54 minutes. ' ' '

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