ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With no chance at the playoffs, the Seattle Mariners can only relish playing spoiler.
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Ichiro Suzuki drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning with his third hit and Raul Ibanez had three RBI as Seattle beat Los Angeles 6-3 on Saturday night, snapping the Angels' three-game winning streak."We pitched well and kept their offense down and got some big hits late in the game," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Everybody came through there in the ninth."That's when the Mariners scored four times. Suzuki singled off Scot Shields (8-10), snapping a 2-all tie. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs
had a run-scoring double and Ibanez added a two-run single to give Seattle a 6-2 lead."I'm not sure you can ever get enough runs against the Angels," Hargrove said.Dobbs entered the game in the eighth and flied out to center field but connected in the ninth."I like being in those situations," he said. "He [Jason Christiansen] got me two strikes and threw a nasty two-seamer that got into my batter's box. I was just trying to drive it and I'm lucky it fell in."J.J. Putz (5-5) gave up one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Eddie Guardado allowed Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double in the ninth before finishing it."Better late than never for us," said Seattle starter Ryan Franklin, who allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. "We came through in the end and hopefully we can finish the season strong."The Angels remained tied for first place in the AL West with Oakland, which lost 7-0 to the Yankees.Los Angeles lefty Jarrod Washburn gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking two. The Angels were clinging to a 2-1 lead when he left after 95 pitches.Washburn was on the disabled list in August because of an inflamed left elbow."There's no reason to push it and have it flare up again to the point where I can't go out there and throw," he said. "There's a full month left in the season, and hopefully there's more beyond that. So I don't see a reason to be pushing it right now."The Mariners tied the score at 2 in the eighth on an RBI single by Ibanez off reliever Brendan Donnelly, who gave up singles to three of the four batters he faced.Washburn didn't blame Donnelly or Shields for costing him a win."They get the job done almost every time, and it was just one of those nights when they didn't," he said.The Angels' bullpen has been responsible for six of the team's last 12 losses."It's tough when it's late in the game and every pitch is going to be magnified," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "The leadoff walk hurt Shields in the ninth and it went downhill from there. But Shields is fine. He's been there all year for us. But the walks are something we hope he'll clean up a little bit."The Angels took a 2-1 lead on a fielder's choice grounder by Guerrero in the third inning. They tied the game at 1 in the first on Darin Erstad's single over the head of leaping first baseman Richie Sexson.Seattle led 1-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jamal Strong
that scored Suzuki, who led off the game with a triple.
Suzuki's 11th triple tied him with Harold Reynolds for the single-season club record set in 1988. ... Left-hander Christiansen made his AL debut in the ninth. ... The Angels have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of the last 17 games. ... Washburn retired 10 consecutive batters before leaving and didn't allow a hit after the third inning.