SEATTLE (AP)—With home runs by Dave Hansen and Bucky Jacobsen, and some help from record-tying wildness by Kevin Gregg, the Seattle Mariners beat the Anaheim Angels 6-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
“To do this against a team we’ve struggled against so much this year is very good,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said.
Playing its last game before a four-city, 14-game trip, Seattle got an impressive start from Joel Pineiro (6-11), who allowed one run and five hits in eight innings.
The most notable performance was by Gregg, who threw four wild pitches in the eighth inning, tying the post-1900 major league regular-season record, set by Walter Johnson in 1914 and matched by Phil Niekro in 1979.
Bert Cunningham threw five wild pitches in one inning in 1890, and Rick Ankiel threw five in an NL playoff game in 2000.
“It just happens. It’s part of the game,” Gregg said. “That’s probably the worst I’ve ever had it with the split.”
“He’s got that splitter. When you have a little trouble with it, it’s going to bounce,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia. said “It’s tough to block, and he definitely bounced his share today.”
Pineiro struck out seven and walked none. In his previous outing, he gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings Tuesday against Boston.
“He is tough,” Scioscia said. “He’s thrown the ball a lot better than what his record is indicating.”
“Right now I’m still following Jamie (Moyer), but it will be great to be known as the No. 1 guy. Whenever they’re ready to say I’m No. 1, then I’ll step up,” Pineiro said,
Eddie Guardado completed the six-hitter.
Hansen hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Jacobson hit an opposite-field drive leading off the seventh.
“It was a fluke swing because I didn’t think it was going out,” Jacobsen said. “I got it on the barrel, but the wind must have been blowing out that way or something.”
Hansen’s primary role with Seattle this year has been as a left-handed bat off the bench. He took advantage of his opportunity to start.
“Dave Hansen has come up big for us in whatever position we’ve put him and in whatever situation,” Melvin said. “He keeps himself ready for games. To be on top of things and to react the way he does is a testament to all his hard work.”
Jose Guillen and Bengie Molina homered for Anaheim, which had won three in a row overall and had been 7-1 against Seattle this season. Guillen homered in the fourth, and Molina connected in the ninth.
Ramon Ortiz (3-6) started in place of Jarrod Washburn, who was missed his turn became of an inflamed ligament on the left side of his chest. Ortiz gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings in his eighth start of the season, his first since June 22.
After missing two games, OF Garret Anderson returned as the Angels’ DH. He went 0-for1 and was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. Bengie Molina replaced Anderson in the lineup. … Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 17 games. … Jacobsen’s homer stopped an 0-for-9 slide that followed his game-ending homer against Oakland on Wednesday.