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.