Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 4/13)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 13
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Anaheim7
Game 2: Wednesday, April 14
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Game 3: Thursday, April 15
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Mariners 5

(1-6, 1-3 away)

Angels 7

(5-3, 1-0 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 13, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: S. Shields (2-0)

    L: R. Soriano (0-2)

    S: T. Percival (2)

    Escobar, Guillen, Guerrero all contribute

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The rally monkey came on, and so did the Angels.

    The Anaheim Angels spotted Seattle four runs, then rallied to win their home opener 7-5 Tuesday night. Newcomers Jose Guillen, Vladimir Guerrero and Kelvim Escobar each had a hand in the victory.

    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 his head.

    "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.

    Guillen doubled sharply down the left-field line on reliever Julio Mateo's first pitch to give Anaheim a 6-4 lead. Another run scored on Tim Salmon's groundout during the three-run seventh.

    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 the seventh.

    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 hamstring.

    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 year, too."

    Angels owner Arte Moreno threw out the first pitch and was given a standing ovation by the sellout crowd of 43,443.

    Game notes


    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 Series.

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