" Things getting tight: Seattle's wild-card lead over the New York Yankees was cut to one game after the Yankees defeated the Red Sox.
" Hero: Vladimir Guerrero torched the Mariners, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
" Knocked around: Los Angeles' Ervin Santana lasted just one-third of an inning after getting pounded for five runs on 23 pitches.
" Figure this: Guerrero is batting .509 this season against the Mariners and has 62 RBIs in 67 games against them.
" Quotable: "This is the biggest, knowing where we were down, the series,
how good the Mariners are. Yes, it is." -- Guerrero
-- ESPN.com news services
Angels 10, Mariners 6
SEATTLE (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero wears a blue T-shirt with
Superman's red "S" hidden under his team jersey.
As far the Mariners are concerned, though, he's nothing but a
Guerrero had more four hits and three more RBIs against the team
he loves to torment as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from five
runs down to beat Seattle 10-6 Tuesday night and increase their AL
West lead to four games.
The seven-time All-Star is batting .509 this season against the
Mariners and has 62 RBIs in 67 career games against them.
This one was the Angels' 10th victory in 14 games this season
against its closest rival.
"This is the biggest, knowing where we were down, the series,
how good the Mariners are. Yes, it is," Guerrero said through an
Seattle (73-57) rebounded from Monday's 6-0 loss to Los Angeles
by taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning off Ervin Santana. But the
Mariners still lost their fourth straight, and their wild-card lead
over the New York Yankees (73-59) was cut to one game. After
Wednesday's series finale, the Mariners go on a 10-game trip to
Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Detroit.
"We have to get them tomorrow. That's all there is to it,"
Mariners manager John McLaren said.
Kendry Morales had three hits, including a homer against Jeff
Weaver and a double off rookie Brandon Morrow (3-3) that put Los
Angeles ahead 7-6 in a four-run eighth. Guerrero added a two-run
single off Rick White and Maicer Izturis singled in a run.
Justin Speier (2/3) gave up one run and two hits in 1 1/3
innings for the win. But the Angels saved their pitching praises
for Dustin Moseley, who was as good in allowing just two hits in 5
1/3 scoreless innings as Santana was bad.
Santana threw 20 pitches before he got an out -- after two
triples, a double, two walks and four runs. After 23 pitches, his
cameo was over.
The crowd gave Santana a mocking, standing ovation as he left
the game -- perhaps the Angels' rotation, too.
He is 5-12 for a team that is a season-high 24 games over .500.
He hasn't won since June 9, and he has allowed five earned runs or
more in nine of 22 starts this season.
"We're going to evaluate some things," Scioscia said, when
asked if Santana would make his next scheduled start.
The Angels began their comeback after Weaver walked
Howie Kendrick leading off the third. Kendrick scored when Guillen's
throw to third base from right field on a single by Jeff Mathis
skipped off third baseman Adrian Beltre's hand and into left field
for an error.
In the fourth, Gary Matthews Jr. golfed Weaver's low, inside
pitch into the first row of the right-field bleachers for his 17th
homer. Two pitches later, Morales hit an offspeed pitch a dozen
rows into the same area to make it 5-3.
Guerrero's second double on a flat slider put Los Angeles ahead
6-5 in the seventh, after McLaren surprised the slugger by having
Sean Green pitch to him with first base open and two outs.
"If anything, I thought they'd pitch around me and try to get
me to chase," said Guerrero, a renowned bad-ball hitter. "But
that pitch I saw, I'd be a fool not to jump on it."
So yet again, Guerrero made Seattle pay.
"He was 0-for-4 against Green," McLaren said, ignoring the
years of history Guerrero has piled up against any pitcher wearing
a Seattle uniform. "We know what kind of hitter he is. We know he
is an animal."
Ichiro Suzuki retied it in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI
single off Speier. That left the near-sellout crowd of 44,395
roaring -- but only until the next half-inning.
Santana's outing tied for the shortest of his career. Last
Aug. 10 at Cleveland, he recorded an out before the second batter
lined a hit off his left knee and forced him from the game. He has
allowed at least five earned runs nine times in 22 starts. Before
this meltdown, he had allowed just two earned run in 14 innings
while going 2-0 against Seattle. ... Weaver allowed eight hits and
the five runs in 4 1/3 innings. The Angels have scored 11 runs and
have four home runs in 8 1/3 innings in Weaver's last two starts
against them. He is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA in three starts against
his former team this season.