Angels 8, Mariners 4
Robb Quinlan also homered and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Angels’ third straight win. Erstad drove in three runs and now has 12 RBIs in the last 11 games. He was hitless in five at-bats against Myers before his homer.
“I had never got a hit off him before, so it was pure luck,” Erstad said.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Chone Figgins led off with a walk. Two outs later Quinlan doubled off Julio Mateo (1-1), scoring Figgins. Mike Myers relieved and gave up Erstad’s 415-foot homer to make it 5-3.
“Quinlan had some big hits, and Erstad’s hit was huge for them on a guy he has had a tough time with in the past,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said.
Bengie Molina then singled before Paul drove another pitch by Myers into the stands in left-center. Myers faced four batters, and did not get an out.
“I got ahead of (Erstad) with a couple of fastballs and I was trying to finish him off with a breaking ball, trying to bury it,” Myers said. “I didn’t bury it. He buried us with it. It just didn’t break the way it was supposed to. It was bad location and it cost us the game.”
Quinlan homered off Mariners starter Ron Villone in the sixth.
Aaron Sele (6-0) struggled early but picked up the win. He allowed five hits and three runs—two earned—over six innings.
“Sele has done that his whole career,” Erstad said. “He keeps us in the game and then we eventually got a few hits to help him out.”
Villone was sharp for Seattle, allowing six hits and two runs—one earned— over 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five. He left with a 3-2 lead. In Villone’s three starts this season, he has a 1.69 ERA with three no decisions.
“He pitched very well. He had some energy and was aggressive. He likes to start,” Melvin said. “We just got beat up when we started to go to the bullpen.”
Winn drove in another run with an RBI single in the seventh that cut the Anaheim lead to 7-4, but they couldn’t get any closer.
Anaheim tacked on another run in the eighth on Quinlan’s RBI single, which also came with two outs. In the last five games, he’s 11-for-18 (.611).
Overall, the Angels scored seven runs with two outs.
“We had some good at-bats with runners in scoring position today,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It just took a while for them to fall.”
“We do score a lot of runs with two outs. I guess you get three for a reason,” Erstad said, “but it doesn’t matter when you score them.”
The Mariners scored a run off Sele in the first when Suzuki scored on a groundout by Bret Boone. They upped the lead to 2-0 in the third without a hit. After Sele walked Winn and Raul Ibanez. Their double-steal with two outs turned into a run as catcher Bengie Molina’s throw sailed high into center field for an error allowing Winn to score.
Anaheim came right back in the fourth with a run, also without getting a hit. With one out, Villone walked Quinlan. Villone’s wild throw on his attempted pickoff moved Quinlan to third. Quinlan then scored on Erstad’s sacrafice fly.
: Paul’s homer in the seventh was his first since Sept. 8, 2001. … LHP Jarrod Washburn was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday because of inflammation on a ligament in his chest. He’s day to day. Ramon Ortiz will start in his place against Seattle. … Sele’s last win against Seattle was Sept. 24, 1998. … Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single. It matches his longest streak of the season (April 30-May 18). … In 34 relief appearances this year, Villone has a 3.42 ERA.