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L.A. Angels (79-54) «2001100228171
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Halos blast M's en route to sweep to widen AL West lead

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- If this wasn't how the West was won, it certainly seemed like it.

Jered Weaver won for the fourth time in five decisions, Garret Anderson had four hits and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and open a five-game lead in the AL West.

Vladimir Guerrero homered and went 8-for-14 in the series as the Angels moved a season-high 25 games over .500. Los Angeles outscored Seattle 24-8, outhit the Mariners 43-23 and had 17 extra-base hits to Seattle's five.

No wonder the Angels opened their biggest lead since before play on June 30.

"I think this series probably put in their head that they have to worry about the wild card, not the division," the Angels' Orlando Cabrera said after he went 2-for-5 and scored twice. "(We're) just leaving no doubt we're a better team at this moment."

Los Angeles, seeking its third division title in four years, improved to 11-4 against Seattle this season. The teams have one more series, Sept. 20-23 at Anaheim.

The Mariners, whose wild-card lead was cut to one percentage point over the New York Yankees, weren't conceding the division race.

"It's too early for wild-card stuff," Adrian Beltre said.

The Mariners have lost five in a row after winning 13 of 17 to close to within a game of the Angels last week.

"It's serious," said Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn, who won the World Series with the Angels in 2002 and will start Friday at Toronto. "There's no room for error."

Jeff Mathis hit his third career home run, a fourth-inning drive off Felix Hernandez (10-7), who lost from the first time in seven starts since July 22. Hernandez allowed six runs and a season-high 13 hits in seven innings, dropping to 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA against the Angels this season.

Eight of the Angels' first 16 batters got hits off him.

"I don't know what happened. Everything I threw, they hit hard," the 21-year-old ace said.

The Mariners head on a 10-game trip to Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Detroit. The Angels play their next 10 games at home, where they are 44-20.

"With them on the road and us at home, we're looking pretty good right now," said Weaver (10-6), who allowed seven hits, all singles, in eight innings while walking none and striking out five.

Gary Matthews Jr., returning from the No. 6 hole to the leadoff spot, singled ahead of Cabrera's single that led off the game. Anderson then singled in Matthews with one out, Anderson's 27th RBI in 28 games this month. Kendry Morales singled home Cabrera for a 2-0 lead.

Ben Broussard had an RBI groundout in the second, but Mathis hit his third career home run off the top of the left-field fence in the fourth as Hernandez looked back at catcher Kenji Johjima in disbelief. Seattle closed to 3-2 in the bottom half on Beltre's sacrifice fly.

Guerrero homered in the fourth, giving him 22 homers and 108 RBI. Hernandez angrily punched the air when Guerrero made contact.

Seattle played with the desperation. Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt dived to his right and threw while seated to threw out Howie Kendrick at third base in the second. Immediately after that, Beltre scrambled through foul ground from third base to make a reaching, over-the-shoulder catch of Cabrera's popup with two on.

But that desperation cut both ways. Slow-footed Johjima tried to bunt for a hit leading off the fifth, and Weaver threw him out by a step. Broussard, also far from fleet, tried to advance to third with one out in the seventh on Johjima's single to left field. Anderson threw him out.

"To be able to play at our normal ability in times of pressure, sometimes you get too emotional. You can see that in this team at times," said Ichiro Suzuki, who went 3-for-13 (.231) in the series. "It's not a problem to be emotional -- but it is a problem when you lose your cool."

Anderson isn't thinking the West is won. He was on the 1995 Angels, who blew an 11-game lead in August before the Mariners won the division in a one-game playoff against them.

"I've seen too many crazy things happen," Anderson said. "It's not over yet."

Notes

  • Ryan Rowland-Smith walk a pair of batters with the bases loaded in the ninth.
  • Mathis has eight RBIs in his last nine games. He had eight in 31 games before that.
  • Angels 1B Casey Kotchman went 0-for-4 in his first start in seven games following a sprained finger.
 
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Vladdy has received more than his fair share of high-fives this season against Seattle.  (AP)
Vladdy has received more than his fair share of high-fives this season against Seattle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5110014 .263
Orlando Cabrera, SS5220012 .313
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5221014 .327
Garret Anderson, LF5141000 .288
Maicer Izturis, 3B5111025 .275
Kendry Morales, DH5031003 .329
Casey Kotchman, 1B4002103 .296
Howie Kendrick, 2B4021100 .309
Jeff Mathis, C5121005 .222
Totals43817825  
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (26, Hernandez), Kendry Morales (7, Hernandez)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (22, Hernandez), Jeff Mathis (2, Hernandez)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (108), Garret Anderson (56), Maicer Izturis (41), Kendry Morales (11), Casey Kotchman 2 (57), Howie Kendrick (20), Jeff Mathis (16)
2-OUT RBI - Kendry Morales (3), Casey Kotchman (15), Howie Kendrick (6)
PK - Kendry Morales (1, White)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1
E - Jeff Mathis (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,10-6) 8721050 3.79
Chris Bootcheck 1000020 4.09
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 100-70, Chris Bootcheck 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 9-8
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 29, Chris Bootcheck 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000011 .350
Jose Vidro, DH4010010 .317
Jose Guillen, RF4100011 .291
Raul Ibanez, LF4010020 .285
Adrian Beltre, 3B3111000 .281
Ben Broussard, 1B3011001 .288
Kenji Johjima, C3010000 .288
Jose Lopez, 2B3010011 .263
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010010 .288
Totals3127207  
Batting
SF - Adrian Beltre (4)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (80), Ben Broussard (26)
SB - Adrian Beltre (13, 3rd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
PK - Jose Lopez (1, Jer. Weaver)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (L,10-7) 71366032 4.08
George Sherrill0000000 1.86
Rick White 1.2422020 7.49
Ryan Rowland-Smith 0.1000200 3.04
WP - Felix Hernandez 2 (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 97-66, George Sherrill 1-1, Rick White 24-19, Ryan Rowland-Smith 13-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 5-12, George Sherrill 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 33, George Sherrill 1, Rick White 8, Ryan Rowland-Smith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46047
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino