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L.A. Angels (78-54) «00122014010140
Seattle (73-57)500000100691

Vlad helps Halos rally past M's, increase AL West lead to four

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SEATTLE -- Vladimir Guerrero wears a blue T-shirt with Superman's red "S" hidden under his team jersey.

As far the Mariners are concerned, though, he's nothing but a super villain.

Guerrero had more four hits and three more RBI against the team he loves to torment as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from five runs down to beat Seattle 10-6 Tuesday night and increase their AL West lead to four games.

The seven-time All-Star is batting .509 this season against the Mariners and has 62 RBI in 67 career games against them.

This one was the Angels' 10th victory in 14 games this season against its closest rival.

"This is the biggest, knowing where we were down, the series, how good the Mariners are. Yes, it is," Guerrero said through an interpreter.

Seattle (73-57) rebounded from Monday's 6-0 loss to Los Angeles by taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning off Ervin Santana. But the Mariners still lost their fourth straight, and their wild-card lead over the New York Yankees (73-59) was cut to one game. After Wednesday's series finale, the Mariners go on a 10-game trip to Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Detroit.

"We have to get them tomorrow. That's all there is to it," Mariners manager John McLaren said.

Kendry Morales had three hits, including a homer against Jeff Weaver and a double off rookie Brandon Morrow (3-3) that put Los Angeles ahead 7-6 in a four-run eighth. Guerrero added a two-run single off Rick White and Maicer Izturis singled in a run.

Justin Speier (2-3) gave up one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings for the win. But the Angels saved their pitching praises for Dustin Moseley, who was as good in allowing just two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Santana was bad.

Santana threw 20 pitches before he got an out -- after two triples, a double, two walks and four runs. After 23 pitches, his cameo was over.

Former Angel Jose Guillen doubled home two runs and Adrian Beltre doubled home two more before Kenji Johjima made it 5-0 with a single.

The crowd gave Santana a mocking, standing ovation as he left the game -- perhaps the Angels' rotation, too.

He is 5-12 for a team that is a season-high 24 games over .500. He hasn't won since June 9, and he has allowed five earned runs or more in nine of 22 starts this season.

"We're going to evaluate some things," Scioscia said, when asked if Santana would make his next scheduled start.

The Angels began their comeback after Weaver walked Howie Kendrick leading off the third. Kendrick scored when Guillen's throw to third base from right field on a single by Jeff Mathis skipped off third baseman Adrian Beltre's hand and into left field for an error.

In the fourth, Gary Matthews Jr. golfed Weaver's low, inside pitch into the first row of the right-field bleachers for his 17th homer. Two pitches later, Morales hit an offspeed pitch a dozen rows into the same area to make it 5-3.

Orlando Cabrera, who had three hits, had an RBI single in the fifth and Guerrero doubled to chase Weaver, who left muttering to himself. Garret Anderson had a tying sacrifice fly off Eric O'Flaherty.

Guerrero's second double on a flat slider put Los Angeles ahead 6-5 in the seventh, after McLaren surprised the slugger by having Sean Green pitch to him with first base open and two outs.

"If anything, I thought they'd pitch around me and try to get me to chase," said Guerrero, a renowned bad-ball hitter. "But that pitch I saw, I'd be a fool not to jump on it."

So yet again, Guerrero made Seattle pay.

"He was 0-for-4 against Green," McLaren said, ignoring the years of history Guerrero has piled up against any pitcher wearing a Seattle uniform. "We know what kind of hitter he is. We know he is an animal."

Ichiro Suzuki retied it in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single off Speier. That left the near-sellout crowd of 44,395 roaring -- but only until the next half-inning.

Notes

  • Santana's outing tied for the shortest of his career. Last Aug. 10 at Cleveland, he recorded an out before the second batter lined a hit off his left knee and forced him from the game. He has allowed at least five earned runs nine times in 22 starts. Before this meltdown, he had allowed just two earned run in 14 innings while going 2-0 against Seattle.
  • Weaver allowed eight hits and the five runs in 4 1-3 innings. The Angels have scored 11 runs and have four home runs in 8 1/3 innings in Weaver's last two starts against them. He is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA in three starts against his former team this season.
 
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Vlad Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera both have reason to smile; they combine for seven hits in the win.  (AP)
Vlad Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera both have reason to smile; they combine for seven hits in the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF3100102 .296
Orlando Cabrera, SS5231012 .312
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5043001 .326
Garret Anderson, DH2001212 .280
Maicer Izturis, 3B5011013 .277
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4211120 .264
Kendry Morales, 1B5232000 .308
Howie Kendrick, 2B4100112 .306
Jeff Mathis, C3220111 .214
Totals361014967  
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (44, Weaver, Green), Kendry Morales (6, Morrow), Jeff Mathis (10, Weaver)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (17, Weaver), Kendry Morales (3, Weaver)
SF - Garret Anderson (5)
SH - Reggie Willits (11)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (75), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (107), Garret Anderson (55), Maicer Izturis (40), Gary Matthews Jr. (70), Kendry Morales 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 3 (27), Maicer Izturis (15), Gary Matthews Jr. (26), Kendry Morales (2)
SB - Gary Matthews Jr. (15, 2nd base off Morrow/Johjima)
CS - Orlando Cabrera (4, 3rd base by Weaver/Johjima), Kendry Morales (1, 2nd base by Green/Johjima)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 0.1455200 6.38
Dustin Moseley 5.1200120 4.39
Justin Speier (W,2-3) 1.1211020 3.38
Scot Shields 2100120 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 23-10, Dustin Moseley 54-32, Justin Speier 26-16, Scot Shields 36-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 1-0, Dustin Moseley 7-5, Justin Speier 1-0, Scot Shields 2-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 7, Dustin Moseley 17, Justin Speier 5, Scot Shields 8
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5121021 .353
Jose Vidro, DH3100120 .318
Jose Guillen, RF3112100 .293
Raul Ibanez, LF3110101 .285
Adrian Beltre, 3B3112102 .281
Richie Sexson, 1B4000003 .208
Kenji Johjima, C4031001 .288
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3000011 .282
   a- Ben Broussard, PH1000011 .288
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110002 .287
Totals3369646  
a-struck out for Bloomquist in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Guillen (21, Santana), Yuniesky Betancourt (30, Speier)
3B - Ichiro Suzuki (7, Santana), Adrian Beltre (1, Santana)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (55), Jose Guillen 2 (83), Adrian Beltre 2 (79), Kenji Johjima (53)
SB - Jose Guillen (4, 2nd base off Shields/Mathis)
CS - Ichiro Suzuki (3, 2nd base by Speier/Mathis), Kenji Johjima (2, 2nd base by Moseley/Mathis)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1
DP - Johjima-Beltre, Johjima-Bloomquist
E - Jose Guillen (6, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Weaver 4.1854122 5.62
Eric O'Flaherty 1100010 3.43
Sean Green 1.1111220 3.54
Brandon Morrow (L,3-3) 1244210 3.25
Rick White 0.1200100 7.31
George Sherrill 1000010 1.86
IBB - G. Anderson by Sean Green, G. Anderson by Rick White
WP - Rick White (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 77-54, Eric O'Flaherty 18-12, Sean Green 28-13, Brandon Morrow 36-20, Rick White 7-2, George Sherrill 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 3-7, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Sean Green 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 21, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Sean Green 6, Brandon Morrow 7, Rick White 3, George Sherrill 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44395
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Gary Darling