Angels 9, Mariners 7
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—The Seattle Mariners lost their 10th straight game. They also lost one of the franchise’s most reliable players and a veteran leader in their clubhouse.
The post-game clubhouse was more subdued than usual after the players got the news.
“It’s good for him. I wish him the best,” losing pitcher Jarrod Washburn said. “He’s going to a better situation than we’re in here.”
The 43-year-old Moyer went 145-87 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 seasons with the Mariners and is the franchise leader in wins, starts and innings pitched. He has 211 career victories.
Garret Anderson had three hits and two RBIs and Maicer Izturis went 3-for-5 with a homer for the Angels, who handed Seattle its 19th consecutive loss against an AL West team—the longest drought any team has had against its own division.
The Mariners last win against a division rival was on June 11, when they completed a three-game sweep at Anaheim with a 6-2 victory. Seattle’s 10-game skid is its longest since September 1992, when the Mariners dropped a club-record 14 straight.
“I don’t think anyone is coming in here and expecting us to lose again. It’s just something that’s been happening,” Washburn said. “We’re not just showing up here and going through the motions. We’re still playing tough and doing all we can to win. We’re not playing well and we’ve had a terrible road trip, but we showed a lot of fight tonight.”
This is Mike Hargrove’s fourth losing streak of 10 or more games as a big league manager. The other three were with Baltimore, including a career-worst 12-game slide to end the 2002 season.
“It’s not taking any more of a toll on me than it is anybody else associated with it,” Hargrove said. “I’m a big boy and I signed on for the bad times as well as the good times. Obviously, I’m not sleeping real well—but nobody involved in this is, either. We’ll get through this and be better for it.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose three-game suspension ends with Sunday’s contest, has experienced withdrawal symptoms from being sequestered from the action. He’s been watching the games on the TV in his office.
“I caught myself a number of times going through signs. You yell at the TV once in a while, or hug it, depending on what’s happening,” Scioscia said. The first thing I learned is that when you talk to the people on TV, they don’t answer you. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
After blowing a 4-0 lead, the Angels rallied in the sixth with Anderson’s run-scoring single against Washburn (6-12) tying the game and Mike Napoli’s RBI single off Mark Lowe giving Los Angeles a 6-5 lead.
Izturis led off the seventh with his fifth home run, and the Angels tacked on two more on Anderson’s RBI double and Robb Quinlan’s RBI triple.
Francisco Rodriguez entered with one out in the ninth after Kenji Johjima’s RBI single. Ben Broussard greeted the Angels closer with an RBI double, which cut the lead to 9-7. Broussard finished 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.
Washburn allowed six runs—five earned—and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings against his former team.
Lackey was charged with five runs and a season-high 12 hits over 4 2-3 innings and struck out seven. The right-hander, winless in four starts this month after being named AL pitcher of the month for July, took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning.
“I fell behind a couple of batters and didn’t locate quite as well,” Lackey said. “I’m going to have to look at some things. They looked pretty comfortable up there.”
Ichiro Suzuki ignited Seattle’s rally with a single and extended his streak of successful stolen base attempts to 29 in a row, breaking the club record Julio Cruz set in 1981. Adrian Beltre drove in Suzuki with a one-out RBI single. Beltre was 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to a season-best 15 games—two short of his career best in 2001 with the Dodgers.
In exchange for Moyer, the Mariners received Phillies Class-A prospects Andy Baldwin and Andrew Barb, both right-handers. … Sexson, who entered the game 7-for-16 lifetime against Lackey, struck out in the first inning with runners at the corners to end one threat—then fanned again in the third with the bases loaded to kill another Mariners rally.
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