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Santana strikes down Mariners


SEATTLE — Jeff Mathis homered and right-hander Ervin Santana pitched 72⁄ innings, allowing just six hits, to lead the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to their third consecutiv­e victory, 4-2 over the Seattle Mariners last night.

Santana (8-2), who scattered just three hits in a complete-game 3-2 win over Detroit in his last outing, allowed two runs, walked one and struck out three as he recorded his fifth consecutiv­e winning decision against the Mariners and improved his lifetime record against them to 5-2.

Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth inning to record his major league-leading 22nd save.

After allowing a run-scoring double in the third, Santana gave up just one more hit — a single by Richie Sexson in the fifth — until Jose Lopez homered with two outs in the eighth to make the score 4-2 and end the young right-hander’s night.

Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn (2-7), was tagged for four runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 innings and lost for the third time in his last five starts.

Washburn departed with one out in the sixth after loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk. But his replacemen­t, Mark Lowe, struck out Howie Kendrick and got Garret Anderson to flyout and keep the Angels from scoring.

Anaheim got on the scoreboard first when Mathis, just 4-for-51 over his previous 16 games, belted Washburn’s first offering into the left field seats for a two-run homer in the third inning.

The Angels added two more in the fourth for a 4-1 lead on Robb Quinlan’s run-scoring single and a bases-loaded fielder’s choice grounder by Maicer Izturis. Ichiro Suzuki’s triple and a double by Lopez in the third had cut the Angels’ lead to 2-1.

A’s 3 Tigers 2

OAKLAND — Bobby Crosby hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Kurt Suzuki led off the frame with a single off Francisco Cruceta (0-3) and was sacrificed to second by Jack Hannahan, setting up Crosby, who then laced a single into right-centre field to plate Suzuki with the winning run.

Mark Ellis had a sacrifice fly, and Daric Barton hit a game-tying home run in the seventh for Oakland, which snapped a four-game skid.

Runs were at a premium as Victoria’s Rich Harden dueled with Kenny Rogers until both teams broke through late. Harden retired 11 straight before walking Miguel Cabrera to open the fifth inning.

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