ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bengie Molina has decided to let his bat
do the talking this season.
Molina, whose two-run shot in the ninth tied Thursday night's
game before the Mariners won it in the 13th, lined an 0-1 pitch to
left-center against J.J. Putz (0-3) to score Garret Anderson and
"It seems like Bengie always comes up with big hits, and it was
no different for him tonight," said Quinlan, who got the Angels'
offense jump-started with a three-run homer in the second.
Molina, incensed over a local columnist's printed remarks about
his weight, has boycotted the print media -- leaving others to talk
about his contributions to the team.
"Offensively, Bengie's starting to hit his stride," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's always been a very good clutch
hitter for us, and he'll put the ball in play as much as the best
contact hitters that we have in this league."
"It's one of the few times this year that we haven't held a
lead deep in the game," Scioscia said. "Frankie was a little bit
off. I don't know if the two innings last night took a little bit
out of him. He looked like he had enough gas, but he just got into
too many hitter's counts."
"It's been like that the whole season," Seattle's Jolbert
Cabrera said. "The offense has had a lot of chances to add on to
some leads that we've had, but we've made it difficult for our
pitchers and put too much pressure on them. They have to come in
and make the perfect pitch all the time because we didn't score
Donnelly (2-2) got the win after Troy Percival salvaged the
night for a battered Anaheim bullpen that entered the game with an
AL-leading 3.30 ERA. Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th
save and 301st of his career.
"We have a good bullpen, and sometimes things like that are
going to happen. But more times than not, they're going to save our
butt," Quinlan said.
Ortiz allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, striking
Seattle leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki, whose career-high five
hits in Thursday night's 13-inning, 6-5 win tied a club record, was
0-for-4 with a walk as his 21-game hitting streak ended three shy
of Joey Cora's franchise record.
Seattle's Gil Meche allowed four runs and eight hits over six
innings in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A
Quinlan, one of several bench players who have kept the Angels
in the thick of things during an injury-plagued season, gave the
Angels a 3-1 lead in the second with a homer to center field after
one-out singles by Guillen and Erstad.
The home run was the second in the majors for Quinlan, who hit
his first one last Saturday at Seattle against Ron Villone.
"Before I went up there, I asked (bench coach) Joe Maddon what
Meche throws because I hadn't faced him before," Quinlan said.
"He told me that early in the count with guys on base, I might get
some curveballs. So I laid off two curveballs. Then on 2-0, I knew
he had to come after me and I got the pitch I was looking for."
Guillen made it 4-1 with his 19th homer and 32nd RBI in his last
The Mariners converted doubles by Jacobsen and Winn into their
first two runs. Jacobsen scored on Leone's second-inning single and
Winn came home in the fourth on a groundout by Ibanez.
The Angels terminated OF Raul Mondesi's contract after he
failed to show up for another rehabilitation appointment in nearby
Orange. "Enough was enough," said general manager Bill Stoneman,
adding that Mondesi also was a no-show on Monday. ... Seattle
pitching coach Bryan Price served the one-game suspension he
received Friday following his ejection from last Monday's 14-5 loss
at Oakland. ... The Mariners traded INF and pinch-hitting
specialist Dave Hansen back to the San Diego Padres for minor
league RHP Jon Huber.