Seattle at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Putz (5-5) L: S. Shields (8-10)
HR: SEA - None   ANA - None

Mariners upend Angels with four-run rally in ninth

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With no chance at the playoffs, the Seattle Mariners can only relish playing spoiler.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning with his third hit and Raul Ibanez had three RBI as Seattle beat Los Angeles 6-3 Saturday night, snapping the Angels' three-game winning streak.

"We pitched well and kept their offense down and got some big hits late in the game," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Everybody came through there in the ninth."

That's when the Mariners scored four times. Suzuki singled off Scot Shields (8-10), snapping a 2-all tie. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had a run-scoring double and Ibanez added a two-run single to give Seattle a 6-2 lead.

"I'm not sure you can ever get enough runs against the Angels," Hargrove said.

Dobbs entered the game in the eighth and flied out to center field, but connected in the ninth.

"I like being in those situations," he said. "He (Jason Christiansen) got me two strikes and threw a nasty two-seamer that got into my batter's box. I was just trying to drive it and I'm lucky it fell in."

J.J. Putz (5-5) gave up one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Eddie Guardado allowed Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double in the ninth before finishing it.

"Better late than never for us," said Seattle starter Ryan Franklin, who allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. "We came through in the end and hopefully we can finish the season strong."

The Angels remained tied for first place in the AL West with Oakland, which lost 7-0 to the New York Yankees.

Los Angeles lefty Jarrod Washburn gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking two. The Angels were clinging to a 2-1 lead when he left after 95 pitches.

Washburn was on the disabled list in August because of an inflamed left elbow.

"There's no reason to push it and have it flare up again to the point where I can't go out there and throw," he said. "There's a full month left in the season, and hopefully there's more beyond that. So I don't see a reason to be pushing it right now."

The Mariners tied the score 2-all in the eighth on an RBI single by Ibanez off reliever Brendan Donnelly, who gave up singles to three of the four batters he faced.

Washburn didn't blame Donnelly or Shields for costing him a win.

"They get the job done almost every time, and it was just one of those nights when they didn't," he said.

The Angels' bullpen has been responsible for six of the team's last 12 losses.

"It's tough when it's late in the game and every pitch is going to be magnified," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "The leadoff walk hurt Shields in the ninth and it went downhill from there. But Shields is fine. He's been there all year for us. But the walks are something we hope he'll clean up a little bit."

The Angels took a 2-1 lead on a fielder's choice grounder by Guerrero in the third inning. They tied the game at 1 in the first on Darin Erstad's single over the head of leaping first baseman Richie Sexson.

Seattle led 1-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jamal Strong that scored Suzuki, who led off the game with a triple.


  • Suzuki's 11th triple tied him with Harold Reynolds for the single-season club record set in 1988.
  • LHP Christiansen made his AL debut in the ninth.
  • .The Angels have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of the last 17 games.
  • Washburn retired 10 consecutive batters before leaving and didn't allow a hit after the third inning.
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Ichiro Suzuki watches his single to left that scores Mike Morse in the ninth.  (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki watches his single to left that scores Mike Morse in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

R. Ibanez
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5231000 .299
Jamal Strong, CF1001110 .250
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-LF2111002 .206
Raul Ibanez, DH-LF5033010 .287
Richie Sexson, 1B5000025 .258
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010101 .261
Jose Lopez, 2B3000104 .240
Mike Morse, LF-SS3100101 .282
Miguel Ojeda, C3000002 .140
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2000000 .214
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH-CF1210100 .254
a-flied out for Strong in the 8th
b-doubled for Betancourt in the 8th
2B - Greg Dobbs (7, Christiansen), Jeremy Reed (27, Donnelly)
3B - Ichiro Suzuki (11, Washburn)
SF - Jamal Strong (1)
SH - Miguel Ojeda (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (63), Jamal Strong (2), Greg Dobbs (11), Raul Ibanez 3 (75)
CS - Jose Lopez (2, 2nd base by Washburn/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
E - Richie Sexson (7, Misplayed grounder), Ichiro Suzuki (2, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Franklin 6.1722220 5.24
George Sherrill 0.1000000 3.55
J.J. Putz (W,5-5) 1.1100010 3.44
Eddie Guardado 1111200 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Franklin 99-62, George Sherrill 5-3, J.J. Putz 16-10, Eddie Guardado 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Franklin 8-10, George Sherrill 1-0, J.J. Putz 3-0, Eddie Guardado 2-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Franklin 29, George Sherrill 1, J.J. Putz 5, Eddie Guardado 6
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4220100 .288
Orlando Cabrera, SS3110101 .256
Garret Anderson, DH5010004 .290
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4012102 .314
Darin Erstad, 1B5021003 .281
Bengie Molina, C3000012 .301
Robb Quinlan, 3B3000111 .242
Juan Rivera, LF4020001 .263
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000013 .303
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (24, Guardado)
SH - Orlando Cabrera (3), Bengie Molina (3)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (92), Darin Erstad (56)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (20), Darin Erstad (20)
Team LOB - 11
E - Robb Quinlan (3, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn 7311230 3.18
Brendan Donnelly (BS,5) 0.1311000 3.95
Scot Shields (L,8-10) 1133310 2.86
Jason Christiansen0211000 5.57
Esteban Yan 0.2000000 3.88
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 95-57, Brendan Donnelly 12-6, Scot Shields 28-12, Jason Christiansen 5-3, Esteban Yan 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 10-8, Scot Shields 2-0, Esteban Yan 1-1
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 26, Brendan Donnelly 4, Scot Shields 7, Jason Christiansen 2, Esteban Yan 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43819
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg