Navigating a bullpen minefield without his closer is something manager Eric Wedge had spent the past week dabbling in.

And it almost blew up in his face Tuesday night when he dabbled with recently removed closer Tom Wilhelmsen in the eighth inning and saw him yield a tying home run to Albert Pujols two pitches in.

But Wilhelmsen got through the rest of that inning and part of a nervy ninth before a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels was secured on a Kendrys Morales single in the 10th.

Yoervis Medina shut the Angels down in the 10th for his first career save, capping one of those rare wins by the Mariners in the kind of game they typically lose.

“There were a couple of guys we wanted to try to stay away from and Tommy (Wilhelmsen) is the guy to go to right there,’’ Wedge said. “It’s a fresh inning. We had to send him out there for the next inning, too, because of what ended up happening.’’

Wedge planned to use right-hander Medina to close the game and did not want to deploy him earlier. He’d already used left-hander Oliver Perez in the seventh to take care of a switch-hitting back end of the Angels order, as well as slugger Josh Hamilton.

The Mariners were limited to using southpaw Charlie Furbush against just one batter if needed, with his arm having been taxed heavily by recent outings. That batter turned out to be Hamilton in the ninth, with two on and two out after Wilhelmsen left.

Furbush threw him nothing but breaking balls and Hamilton went down swinging. Hamilton is now just 2 for 12 lifetime against Furbush with six strikeouts.

“I was definitely giving him a heavy dose of breaking balls,’’ said Furbush (1-3), who got the win. “It’s just something that in the past has worked for me against him. I decided to go with my best pitch there and see how it turned out.’’

Hamilton grounded into three double plays and struck out twice with runners on base. The crowd of 33,040 at Angel Stadium let him have it with boos growing progressively louder with each botched chance by the pricey free-agent acquisition, batting just .213.