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Santana flirts with second straight CG; Halos double up Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Even lethargic, Ervin Santana was dominant.

Despite feeling listless and drained all night, Santana didn't show it with his pitches. The Los Angeles Angels' right-hander pitched into the eighth inning, barely missing out on a second successive complete game in the Angels' 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

After beating Detroit 3-2 last week with his third career complete game, Santana nearly bested himself against Seattle, the popular pick before the season to challenge the Angels in the AL West. He finally went to the bench with two outs in the eighth after giving up a solo home run to Seattle's Jose Lopez.

"I did not have my best stuff tonight," Santana said. "I just felt like I had no energy. Everything, (I had) no energy."

Try explaining that to the Mariners, who managed only two runs and six hits off Santana, and were held to two runs or less for the 19th time this season.

As for that challenge Seattle was expected to provide in the division? The Mariners are now 13½ games back of the Angels after Monday night's loss.

Santana might have felt tired, but he was good enough to make up for an Angels' offense that continues to struggle scoring runs. The Angels failed to score more than four runs for the 13th consecutive game. But they are now 9-4 during the stretch, thanks to tremendous pitching, having held their opponents to two earned runs or less in 11 of their last 12 victories.

"There were some positive signs (on offense), but our pitching picked us up again tonight," Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said.

The offense the Angels did get came from an unlikely source: the bottom of their batting order. Jeff Mathis hit his fourth home run of the season, part of the six hits produced by the bottom three in the Angels' batting order, all six coming off Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn.

Casey Kotchman ripped three singles, Robb Quinlan had a pair of base hits and an RBI and the trio scored three of the Angels' four runs. Mathis' home run snapped an 0-for-13 slump and three of his four homers this season have come in Seattle.

"I just got lucky a little bit," Mathis said. "It's been pretty rough. You can see it. I'm starting to feel better in (batting practice) and in the cages. Hopefully it'll keep on rolling."

Four runs was more than enough for Santana (8-2), who didn't face a three-ball count on a batter until two outs in the seventh inning. He gave up a single to Richie Sexson leading off the fifth, then didn't allow a hit until Lopez's solo home run into the Angels bullpen with two outs in the eighth.

The homer ended the night for Santana, who struck out three and threw 109 pitches. Jose Arredondo got the final out of the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his league-leading 22nd save in 23 chances.

"I'm feeling good. I was just trying not to let anybody see my body language," Santana said.

Washburn (2-7) lost his third consecutive decision and has only one victory since the second week of the season. He cruised through the first two innings, before Kotchman's single and Mathis' homer over the hand-operated scoreboard in left field in the third.

The Angels added two more in the fourth. Gary Matthews Jr., Kotchman and Quinlan started the inning with three consecutive singles, the last scoring Matthews. Maicer Izturis later beat out a potential inning-ending double play, allowing Kotchman to score from third.

"I feel like I'm throwing pretty good for the most part, but one or two key mistakes in each game comes back to bite me," Washburn said.

Seattle's scored a run in the third, courtesy of Ichiro Suzuki's triple past Torii Hunter in center and Lopez's double that scooted past Quinlan's glove at third and dribbled into the left-field corner.

Hunter did have a defensive gem in the seventh, making a running backhanded catch of Reed's drive near the warning track.

Seattle manager John McLaren returned Sexson to the lineup after he sat the previous five games. McLaren said the time off was to let Sexson work on some issues with his swing, hoping to improve on his .200 average entering the game.

Sexson went 1-for-2 with a walk.

"I like what I saw," McLaren said.

Notes

  • Angels' OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero was held out of the lineup with a sore right knee after a hard slide into third base Sunday during a game against Detroit.
  • Seattle RHP Miguel Batista experienced some tightness in his groin Sunday during a start against Detroit, but said he shouldn't have any problems making his next start.
 
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Jeff Mathis and Casey Kotchman combine for four hits, three runs and two RBI for the victorious Angels.  (AP)
Jeff Mathis and Casey Kotchman combine for four hits, three runs and two RBI for the victorious Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Lopez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

J. Mathis
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Maicer Izturis, SS4021100 .239
Howie Kendrick, 2B5000027 .388
Garret Anderson, LF5010013 .274
Torii Hunter, CF5000022 .275
Juan Rivera, DH4000120 .167
Gary Matthews Jr., RF4110001 .216
Casey Kotchman, 1B4230000 .324
Robb Quinlan, 3B3021101 .273
    Brandon Wood, 3B0000000 .120
Jeff Mathis, C3112113 .202
Totals37410448  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (6, Washburn)
HR - Jeff Mathis (4, Washburn)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (17), Robb Quinlan (5), Jeff Mathis 2 (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,8-2) 7.2622131 3.02
Jose Arredondo (H,2) 0.1000000 1.04
Francisco Rodriguez (S,22) 1000000 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 109-74, Jose Arredondo 10-7, Francisco Rodriguez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-11, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 29, Jose Arredondo 1, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4110001 .288
Jose Lopez, 2B4122000 .300
Jose Vidro, DH4000011 .230
Raul Ibanez, LF4000000 .259
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010010 .244
Jeremy Reed, RF4010000 .250
Richie Sexson, 1B2010101 .204
Kenji Johjima, C3000012 .220
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000001 .291
Totals3226213  
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (16, Santana)
3B - Ichiro Suzuki (3, Santana)
HR - Jose Lopez (3, Santana)
RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jeremy Reed (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,2-7) 5.1944341 6.56
Mark Lowe 2.1100120 3.09
Sean Green 1.1000020 3.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 90-57, Mark Lowe 29-19, Sean Green 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 4-8, Mark Lowe 2-3, Sean Green 1-1
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 28, Mark Lowe 9, Sean Green 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22110
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ed Montague