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Denard Span spares the Mariners from embarrassment with heroic home run robbery against the Angels

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On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners raced into an early lead against the Los Angeles Angels. 

The M's scored an impressive seven runs in the first inning at Angel Stadium, before tagging on another to give themselves an 8-0 cushion after the third. 

Despite looking comfortable, Seattle nearly crumbled - as the Angels looked to embark on an epic comeback. 

THE RESPONSE

The home team actually scored five runs without reply to make it an 8-5 game at the bottom of the seventh. 

David Fletcher, Mike Trout and Justin Upton all scored to set up a nail-biting finish.

With no more runs scored, the Mariners, who are currently second in the AL West, managed to hold on. 

But if it wasn't for Denard Span, then things could have been very different. 

HOME RUN ROBBERY

With the game finely poised at 8-4, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a fly ball deep towards the fence. 

San Francisco Giants  v Seattle Mariners

It looked to be traveling into home run territory - but Span did what he's become known for and made an incredible catch to rob the Angels of a homer. 

Check out his heroics below.

Not only was the catch itself special - but it came at a crucial point in the game. 

Had Span watched the ball float over the wall, Los Angeles would have added three runs to their total with two bases already loaded - which would have made it an 8-7 game.

Thanks to their center fielder though, the Mariners were spared the potential embarrassment of throwing away an 8-0 lead - and were able to hold on, just.   

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