Mariners 6, Angels 5, 13 innings
Suzuki had a career-high five hits and scored the game-winning run on Boone’s single in the 13th inning to give Seattle a 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels.
Seattle won outside of Safeco Field for the first time since beating Pittsburgh 5-4 on June 20 to complete a three-game sweep.
The Mariners’ skid was four shy of the longest road losing streak in AL history, set in 1916 by the Philadelphia Athletics. The major league mark for road futility is 22 straight games by the 1962 New York Mets.
“I wouldn’t think that a team with the players we have would do that,” said Boone, who leads the team in RBIs. “I’ve been on bad teams and teams that had real rough years, you could look around those clubhouses and say, `OK, we don’t have any experience around here.’
“But when you looked around this room in the first half and saw the talent and the track records of the players in here, that’s what’s amazing to me. Talent-wise, we had five main guys all scuffling at the same time. And when that happens, then something like this happens.”
Suzuki, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games, doubled with one out in 13th against rookie Kevin Gregg (3-1). After Randy Winn struck out, Boone grounded a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Suzuki.
“I give a lot of credit to Bobby Madritsch. I found out a lot about his makeup tonight,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He was excited about being in the game and he was excited that we left him back out there after we took the lead. He was scared of nothing. He was coming right after their big boys in the middle of the lineup.”
The Mariners blew a 5-0 lead for the second time in four nights. They were three outs away from ending the longest road losing streak since Oakland’s 15-game slide in 1986, but closer Eddie Guardado couldn’t hold the 5-3 lead.
Robb Quinlan led off with a sharp single to second off the glove of Boone, and Bengie Molina followed with his eighth home run, driving a 2-2 pitch over the left field. The blown save was the sixth in 24 attempts for Guardado.
“If anything can demoralize a team that’s been struggling like we have— especially on the road—that’s it,” Melvin said. “But the way everybody kept battling and kept playing hard, it was a testament to not giving up. That’s a heck of a win.”
Suzuki had two infield hits—one on a high chopper to third base, the other on a grounder to the right of second base—to give him 30 this season.
“He’s one of those guys who’s impervious to slumps,” Mariners first baseman Scott Spiezio said. “He can go out and hit four rockets and get four hits, then hit four ground balls and beat every one of them out.”
The Angels stranded a runner at third in the 12th after some bad baserunning by Vladimir Guerrero, who was tagged out in a rundown between first and second as Garret Anderson advanced two bases in Guerrero’s single. Madritsch escaped the jam by striking out pinch-hitter John Paul.
“Vlad just got a little too aggressive,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “The thing that hurts in that situation was that his run was meaningless. Even if he gets to second base, they’re going to walk Jose Guillen anyway. So he just gave them an out.
“For as hard as we clawed and came back to get back in that game and tie it up, we didn’t complete the job. And that’s disappointing.”
The Angels, coming off consecutive shutout wins against the Texas Rangers, slipped 3 1-2 games off the pace in the AL West.
The Mariners gave starter Ron Villone the 5-0 cushion in the third when Leone hit his fifth homer to left-center after a two-out walk to Jolbert Cabrera. The Mariners got three in the first on Boone’s RBI single and Cabrera’s two-run double.
Molina had an RBI double in the fourth and Guerrero hit his 22nd homer in the fifth to make it 5-3.
DH Tim Salmon, the Angels’ career leader in home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases, walks and runs scored, batted ninth in the order for the first time in 1,584 major league games—more than any player in Angels history has appeared in except for Brian Downing. …. Suzuki was 2-for-3 against Angels starter Aaron Sele and is now 10-for-17 lifetime against him.