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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run double and the short-handed Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 5-2 Thursday night to hand the Mariners their eighth straight loss.
The Angels played without second baseman Adam Kennedy and reliever Kevin Gregg as each began a four-game suspension for their roles in Wednesday night's bench-clearing brawl at Texas. Manager Mike Scioscia started serving a three-game suspension. Brendan Donnelly appealed his four-game suspension but didn't pitch in the game.
Escobar (9-10) won for the fourth time in five decisions after going 0-7 over his previous eight starts. The right-hander allowed a run and seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.
The Mariners' eight-game skid is their worst since they lost nine in a row in July 2004. Jamie Moyer (6-12) was charged with three runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in his third start of the season against Los Angeles. The 43-year-old left-hander fell to 18-16 against the Angels in his career.
Seattle's Kenji Johjima hit an RBI double off Scot Shields in the ninth before Francisco Rodriguez got two outs for his 32nd save in 35 chances. Rodriguez threw a wild pitch that put runners on second and third but rebounded to strike out pinch-hitter Chris Snelling and retire Ichiro Suzuki on a groundout to end the game.
The Angels built a 2-0 lead with sacrifice flies by Orlando Cabrera in the third inning and Howie Kendrick in the fourth. Kendrick's came after a triple by Garret Anderson.
The Mariners finally broke through against Escobar in the seventh when Johjima led off with a double, took third on Yuniesky Betancourt's single to right and scored on a double-play grounder by Willie Bloomquist.
Chone Figgins chased Moyer in the bottom half with his third hit of the game, a two-out double. Rookie Mark Lowe hit Maicer Izturis with a pitch and walked Cabrera, loading the bases for Guerrero, who lined an 0-1 pitch to right-center to clear the bases and give the Angels a 5-1 lead.
Lowe, who didn't retire any of the four batters he faced, had not allowed a run in 17 2-3 innings over his previous 13 appearances since his promotion from Double-A San Antonio on July 7 -- a franchise record for shutout innings from the start of a career.
Seattle 1B Richie Sexson rejoined the team after missing three games for the arrival of his newborn twins, which were born more than five weeks prematurely. ... Seattle optioned INF Mike Morse to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Sexson, who came off the bereavement list. They also activated OF Snelling from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Sean Green to Tacoma. ... Angels OF/DH Juan Rivera, 2-for-18 lifetime against Moyer, got the night off. ... Seattle's Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single his first time up. Beltre has reached base safely in 28 straight, the longest current streak in the majors. ... Seattle is the only team in the majors that has used only five starting pitchers this season. That distinction will end Sunday when LHP Jake Woods makes his first major league start. The former Angels prospect was inserted into the rotation following RHP Joel Pineiro's demotion to the bullpen.
|No, Vladimir Guerrero isn't warming up for a trip to a '70s disco, he's just extending the Angels' lead. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.324|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.277|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.268|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.232|
|Ben Broussard, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.299|
|Kenji Johjima, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.300|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Willie Bloomquist, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|a- Chris Snelling, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-struck out for Bloomquist in the 9th|
|2B - Richie Sexson (22, Shields), Kenji Johjima 2 (20, Escobar, Shields)|
|RBI - Kenji Johjima (54)|
|SB - Jose Lopez (4, 2nd base off Escobar/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Sexson-Betancourt|
|Jamie Moyer (L,6-12)||6.2||7||3||3||3||3||0||4.39|
|IBB - Guerrero by Jamie Moyer|
|HBP - Izturis (by Mark Lowe)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 102-65, Mark Lowe 18-8, George Sherrill 2-2, Rafael Soriano 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-11|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 28, Mark Lowe 4, George Sherrill 1, Rafael Soriano 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||2||1||0||1||1||0||0||.280|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||2||0||1||3||2||0||0||.318|
|Robb Quinlan, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.326|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.272|
|Tim Salmon, DH||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.257|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.321|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.251|
|2B - Chone Figgins (17, Moyer), Vladimir Guerrero (20, Lowe)|
|3B - Garret Anderson (2, Moyer)|
|SF - Orlando Cabrera (8), Howie Kendrick (1)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (60), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (95), Howie Kendrick (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 3 (34)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (44, 2nd base off Moyer/Johjima)|
|CS - Chone Figgins (12, 3rd base by Moyer/Johjima)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cabrera-Kendrick-Quinlan|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Kelvim Escobar (W,9-10)||7||7||1||1||1||7||0||3.77|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,32)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.17|
|WP - Francisco Rodriguez (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 97-70, Scot Shields 23-14, Francisco Rodriguez 8-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 4-9, Scot Shields 2-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 28, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3|
|Attendance - 43813|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Chris Guccione|