ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The rally monkey came on, and so did the
Before a sellout crowd of 43,443 mostly clad in red and banging
ThunderStix, Guerrero hit a two-run homer in the fifth, Bengie
Molina added a two-run shot in the sixth, then Guillen drove home
the go-ahead runs with a two-run double in the seventh.
Guillen liked the atmosphere, with the video rally monkey
jumping up and down on the big screen, and all the racket.
"That's the first time I got a chance to see all that. It was
great. It was electric out there," he said, grinning and shaking
"Then to come up with a big hit in my first game before the
home crowd, it couldn't get much better than that."
Guillen, Guerrero, Escobar and Bartolo Colon all signed free
agent contracts with Anaheim during the Angels' busy winter.
Although Escobar allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings,
he kept the game close enough for the Angels to have a chance.
"If you keep this team in the game, sooner or later we're going
to score some runs," he said.
Scot Shields (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory,
and Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the
season. Seattle's Rafael Soriano (0-2) was charged with two runs in
Molina hit his first homer of the season in what also was his
first game of the year. He had been sidelined by a sore left
Guerrero pulled Anaheim within 4-2 with his third homer.
Guerrero, who averaged 37 homers year in the past six seasons with
the Montreal Expos, drove a low, breaking pitch from Joel Pineiro
high over the wall in left center.
Seattle's Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer, his first, in the
opening inning. The Mariners made it 3-0 on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice
fly in the third, and added another run in the fourth on Randy
Winn's RBI double. Seattle's other run scored on Adam Kennedy's
throwing error in the eighth.
The scene at newly renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the home
opener was reminiscent -- in sight and sound -- of the way the park
was when the Angels won the 2002 World Series, with the fans
wearing red, banging ThunderStix and roaring when the monkey made
his seasonal debut.
The Angels had swept a season-opening three-game series in
Seattle, and the Mariners are off to a 1-6 start.
"It's pretty frustrating, the games we've played the first
week," said the Mariners' Bret Boone, who had a double and single
in five at-bats. "The last four times we've had the lead in the
second half of the game and blown it.
"It's not anybody's fault. It's baseball and it happens. It's
just tough when you lose four real tough games in the first seven,
but we're going to be on the other side of those games a lot this
Angels owner Arte Moreno threw out the first pitch and was given
a standing ovation by the sellout crowd of 43,443.
Anaheim 3B Troy Glaus missed his second game because of
tight left hamstring. ... Angels RHP Brendan Donnelly, out with a
nose injury since March 9, got a doctor's OK to begin light
workouts. ... Anaheim CF Garret Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $48
million, four-year contract extension through 2008. The deal
includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout. ...
Moreno's ceremonial pitch was low and inside without much on it,
but good enough to earn a big cheer from the crowd and a big hug
from wife Carole, who accompanied him to the mound. ... Injured
Seattle 3B Scott Spiezio got one of the loudest receptions during
pregame introductions. He is remembered in Anaheim for hitting a
clutch three-run home for the Angels in Game 6 of the 2002 World