Anaheim at Seattle

L.A. Angels
W: D. Haren (6-4) L: J. Vargas (4-4)
S: J. Walden (15)
HR: ANA - V. Wells (5),V. Wells (6)   SEA - None

Wells homers twice as Angels put away Mariners wire reports

SEATTLE -- In the back corner of the visiting clubhouse, Vernon Wells sat with his video player for much of Monday afternoon watching video of not what he's been doing wrong with the Los Angeles Angels this season, but what he did right last year in Toronto.

It's all felt a little off lately for Wells, mired in the worst start of his career.

"When you're getting pitches middle-in and they are jamming you or getting hanging breaking balls and missing them then something is wrong in there," Wells said. "I just sat in the corner over here and just watched video over and over again and find something that was different."

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Wells made a slight tweak during batting practice, then found the stroke the Angels hope quickly comes around more often.

Wells hit the Angels' first homer in a week with a solo shot in the third inning, then hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh to give Los Angeles a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

The slumping Angels, having dropped seven of eight, started their longest road trip of the season with a comeback victory capped by Wells' power surge and the 22nd multihomer game of his career. Before Wells' solo homer in the third, the Angels had gone 62 innings without a long ball and hit only one the entire month of June.

"He's not going to go out and hit two home runs every game, but coupled with a good game a few night ago and hitting the ball well yesterday, hopefully he's found his rhythm," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had some big hits tonight obviously, and hopefully he can start squaring some balls up."

Wells began the night hitting just .189, a miserable start to his Angels' career only accentuated by a month on the disabled list with a groin strain.

What Wells saw when he watched video was that he stood more upright at the plate a year ago with Toronto when he hit .273 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs. He made an adjustment during batting practice then carried it into the game.

No swing was bigger than his two-run shot in the seventh that gave the Angels' a 5-3 lead. Los Angeles tied it earlier in the inning when Jeff Mathis' slide knocked the ball free from Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo to tie the game at 3.

Wells then drove a 2-1 pitch from Seattle starter Jason Vargas (4-4) out to deep left-center. Asked if a game like Monday's can spark a hot streak, Wells said, "Sometimes."

"Then sometimes you have a game like this and you go 0 for 30," Wells continued. "It's a matter of when you get pitches to hit not missing them, when you're struggling you're getting pitches to hit but you're fouling them off or popping them straight up."

The Angels late rally started when Mathis doubled into the left field corner leading off the seventh, barely beating the throw to second by Carlos Peguero. He moved to third on Maicer Izturis' groundout to first, but looked as if he was going to be cut down at the plate. Mathis broke for home on Torii Hunter's grounder to Chone Figgins at third base, who immediately threw to the plate. The throw easily beat Mathis, but his hard slide into Olivo knocked the ball free and tied the game at 3.

After Bobby Abreu's fly out, Vargas made a mistake with a hanging curve ball for his 10th homer allowed this season, even though he should have been out of the inning.

The late offensive surge made a winner out of Angels' starter Dan Haren, who struggled to make it through six innings.

Haren (6-4) allowed two earned runs in his previous 24 innings against the Mariners, only to give up his third on Monday night in the fifth inning when Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly scored Figgins with the go-ahead run.

Haren allowed seven hits in his six innings, but didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.

"Dan survived. He had to throw a lot of pitches to get to that point in the game," Scioscia said. "Early on he really didn't have his split working and made some mistakes with it. ... As the game wore on he got better, but 112 pitches through six innings is a lot for Dan and they made him earn every out."

Rich Thompson mowed through the Mariners in the seventh. Scott Downs got out of the eighth with a strikeout of Olivo despite Seattle putting two runners on. Jordan Walden then pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI single in the first for the Angels and Abreu added an RBI single in the ninth.


  • Retired Mariners CF Ken Griffey Jr. was part of Monday's television broadcast, his first visit back to Safeco Field since his abrupt retirement last June.
  • The Angels placed RHP Fernando Rodney on the 15-day disabled list Monday (back strain) and recalled RHP Bobby Cassevah from Triple-A Salt Lake.
  • Seattle moved RHP David Aardsma to the 60-day disabled list and activated LHP Mauricio Robles from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Single-A High Desert.
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Vernon Wells circles the bases after hitting  a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh to give the Angels a 6-3 win. (Getty Images)
Vernon Wells circles the bases after hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh to give the Angels a 6-3 win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
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Torii Hunter, RF4201101 .229
Bobby Abreu, DH4021101 .295
Vernon Wells, LF4223013 .196
Howard Kendrick, 2B4021000 .310
Erick Aybar, SS4000013 .290
Mark Trumbo, 1B4000021 .248
Peter Bourjos, CF4000031 .243
Jeff Mathis, C4110000 .198
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HR - Vernon Wells 2 (6, Vargas, Vargas)
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2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (9), Vernon Wells 3 (7), Howard Kendrick (7)
CS - Bobby Abreu (3, 2nd base by Ray/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Aybar-Trumbo
E - Maicer Izturis (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
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Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Rich Thompson 3, Scott Downs 5, Jordan Walden 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4120010 .262
Brendan Ryan, SS3011011 .262
Justin Smoak, 1B4010013 .252
    Jack Wilson, PR-2B0000000 .237
Adam Kennedy, 2B-1B4011002 .281
Miguel Olivo, C4000023 .236
Carlos Peguero, LF4110030 .222
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4011000 .203
Mike Carp, DH4000031 .167
Chone Figgins, 3B3110000 .190
2B - Adam Kennedy (12, Haren), Carlos Peguero (3, Haren), Chone Figgins (10, Haren)
SF - Brendan Ryan (4)
RBI - Brendan Ryan (21), Adam Kennedy (20), Franklin Gutierrez (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (4)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (16, 2nd base off Haren/Mathis, 2nd base off Haren/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
E - Chone Figgins (8, Misplayed grounder), Adam Kennedy (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
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Game Information
Attendance - 20238
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Angel Campos