Seattle at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: D. Moseley (4-0) L: F. Hernandez (3-3)
S: F. Rodriguez (18)
HR: SEA - None   ANA - G. Matthews (7), C. Kotchman (5), V. Guerrero (11)

Vlad hits go-ahead, three-run blast; Angels hold off M's

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It isn't often the Los Angeles Angels get home runs from their 3-4-5 hitters in the same game. They came at the right time, because Jered Weaver didn't have his best stuff.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a go-ahead, three-run shot off Felix Hernandez, Gary Matthews Jr. and Casey Kotchman hit consecutive home runs in the first, and the Angels bullpen preserved an 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

"It's good, because there are going to be sometimes when we're not going to do well offensively and our pitchers pick us up and keep us in close ballgames," Guerrero said through a translator. "We have a good pitching staff, and hopefully all of us can contribute to them."

Guerrero's homer was his first since May 17 at Seattle. It hasn't been easy getting good pitches to hit, because everyone is pitching around the 2004 AL MVP. Guerrero's greatest strength is he is one of the game's best bad-ball hitters.

"I can't get frustrated because it's part of the game. I've been saying that for a long time," Guerrero said. "I don't get frustrated because I trust the people that hit behind me. The home runs just happen when they happen. I don't worry about when they come or when they don't come. But I'm very happy that this one came tonight."

Dustin Moseley (4-0) got the win in relief of Weaver, who was pulled after 4 2/3 innings with the Angels down 5-4.

After Guerrero's homer put Los Angeles ahead 7-5, Moseley pitched two innings and gave up an RBI double to Raul Ibanez that cut the Angels' edge to 7-6 in the sixth. But Scot Shields pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.

Hernandez (3-3) allowed seven runs and nine hits in seven innings. He surrendered his first three homers of the season, as the Angels took the rubber game of the series and extended their lead in the AL West to 5½ games over the second-place Mariners.

"We were a little disappointed because we felt we had a chance to win the game with our ace on the mound," Adrian Beltre said. "It didn't happen, but we're going to get a chance to face these guys again, and hopefully we can do better next time. We've got four months left, so one series is not going to make a difference right now."

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 23 games -- tying his career best in 2001. The two-time AL batting champion is within one game of the franchise record set by Joey Cora in 1997.

Weaver had won his previous three starts, and the Angels gave him a 4-1 lead in the first inning. But the Mariners made it 4-all on Beltre's RBI double in the fifth and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with an RBI single that finished the right-hander.

"My command just really wasn't there," Weaver said. "The off-speed stuff felt great, but I was struggling with my fastball command. I just couldn't make my pitches and they put some good swings on the ball."

Pinch-hitter Robb Quinlan drove in an insurance run in the Angels seventh with a sacrifice fly that Betancourt caught. The shortstop made an over-the-shoulder catch in short left-center field and couldn't get the ball home fast enough after Reggie Willits tagged up.

Guerrero had a chance to break open the game in the eighth, but struck out with the bases loaded against Brandon Morrow. The rookie reliever extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 consecutive innings.

The Mariners wrapped up a 6-4 road trip that began with a makeup game in Cleveland and continued through Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Anaheim. When they return to Seattle, the journey will have covered 6,273 miles.

"It's going to be good to get back home," Beltre said. "We finished the road trip over .500 and we could have done better, but it was a good trip."


  • Angels infielder Erick Aybar started at third base for the first time in his professional career. Normally a second baseman, he made a neat play on the first batter of the game, making a diving stop on Suzuki's grounder in the hole and throwing him out from one knee.
  • Angels RHP Bartolo Colon's next scheduled start on Sunday was pushed back to June 8, when the club opens a nine-game road trip at St. Louis. The 2005 AL Cy Young winner, experiencing tightness in his triceps since early this month, has allowed 15 runs in 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
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Vladimir Guerrero watches his 11th home run of the season take flight in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero watches his 11th home run of the season take flight in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5011013 .330
Jose Vidro, DH4100104 .300
Raul Ibanez, LF4111123 .283
Jose Guillen, RF5011012 .260
Ben Broussard, 1B4210122 .302
Kenji Johjima, C4120011 .309
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121012 .275
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3011112 .287
Jose Lopez, 2B3011103 .273
2B - Raul Ibanez (11, Moseley), Ben Broussard (2, Jer. Weaver), Adrian Beltre (14, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (22), Raul Ibanez (29), Jose Guillen (29), Adrian Beltre (26), Yuniesky Betancourt (21), Jose Lopez (25)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (11), Jose Guillen (6), Adrian Beltre (13), Yuniesky Betancourt (9)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (3, 2nd base by Moseley/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (L,3-3) 6977153 4.10
Sean Green 0.1111200 3.09
George Sherrill 0.1000000 1.72
Brandon Morrow 1.1100210 1.83
IBB - Matthews by Sean Green
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 96-62, Sean Green 19-7, George Sherrill 2-2, Brandon Morrow 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 8-4, Sean Green 1-0, Brandon Morrow 1-2
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 27, Sean Green 4, George Sherrill 1, Brandon Morrow 7
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF3210210 .339
Orlando Cabrera, SS4230103 .322
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5233013 .350
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3113121 .291
Casey Kotchman, 1B3121000 .309
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH-1B0001000 .271
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000014 .256
Mike Napoli, C3000110 .243
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4010000 .239
Erick Aybar, 3B4000001 .252
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kotchman in the 7th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (17, Hernandez)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (11, Hernandez), Gary Matthews Jr. (7, Hernandez), Casey Kotchman (5, Hernandez)
SF - Robb Quinlan (1)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 3 (44), Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (31), Casey Kotchman (26), Robb Quinlan (11)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver 4.2955330 4.25
Dustin Moseley (W,4-0) 2.1111110 1.55
Scot Shields (H,12) 1000020 2.83
Francisco Rodriguez (S,18) 1000130 2.19
WP - Jered Weaver (3), Francisco Rodriguez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 90-55, Dustin Moseley 30-17, Scot Shields 15-10, Francisco Rodriguez 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 4-7, Dustin Moseley 3-2, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 26, Dustin Moseley 8, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39288
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne