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Abreu's 14th-Inning Blast Gives Angels Second Straight Extra-Inning Victory

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Bobby Abreu’s solo homer off Brian Sweeney in the bottom of the 14th inning lifted the Angels over the Mariners, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

Sweeney (1-2), who pitched a scoreless 13th, stayed on the hill for the Mariners to start the 14th. After Alberto Callaspo grounded out, Abreu blasted Sweeney’s offering over the wall in left-center to give Los Angeles the victory.

“I just wanted to make contact and get on base,” Abreu said. “I was looking for a fastball down the middle and I made pretty good contact.”

Jeff Mathis drove in two runs for the Angels, who were coming off a 4-3, 16- inning win over the Indians on Wednesday. Jered Weaver was solid in eight innings, allowing one run on five hits. Rich Thompson (1-0) tossed two scoreless frames of relief to record his first victory in the majors.

Casey Kotchman and Jose Lopez had an RBI apiece for the Mariners, who have lost three of four. David Pauley went 6 2/3 innings in the start, giving up three runs on five hits.

The Angels scored twice in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Hideki Matsui singled and Mike Napoli was hit by a pitch. The runners moved up one base on a sacrifice bunt. Howie Kendrick’s sacrifice fly and Mathis’ RBI single made it 2-0.

Seattle was able to get one run back in the fifth. Kotchman singled before Adam Moore struck out. Michael Saunders followed with a single to right, and Torii Hunter’s throwing error allowed Kotchman to cross the plate.

LA added a run in the sixth to make it a 3-1 contest. Erick Aybar singled, moved to third on Kendrick’s groundout, and crossed the plate on Mathis’ suicide squeeze bunt.

Fernando Rodney came on for the save in the ninth. Franklin Gutierrez hit a one-out single and crossed the plate on Lopez’s double to left-center field. Kotchman tied the contest with an RBI double to left.

Brandon League pitched a perfect home ninth to send the game into extras.

The Angels stranded men on first and second in the 10th and 11th innings.

“A tough loss. I’m proud of the way we battled back in the ninth inning,” Mariners interim manager Daren Brown said. “We showed character but we didn’t get a couple of hits that we needed.”

The Angels lead the season series with the Mariners, 13-4…Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is 16 hits away from extending his own major league record of consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10…Los Angeles is 50-24 versus Seattle since the start of the 2007 season, going 25-11 at home in the series over that time…The Angels have won back- to-back games for the first time since August 10-11…Rodney suffered his fifth blown save of the season.


Tonight's Angels-Mariners Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Ichiro RF
Figgins 2B
Branyan DH
Gutierrez CF
Lopez 3B
Kotchman 1B
Moore C
Saunders LF
Wilson SS
Pauley P

Callaspo 3B
Abreu LF
Hunter RF
Matsui DH
Napoli 1B
Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Mathis C
Bourjos CF
Weaver P


Weaver, Angels Open Series With Mariners

(Sports Network) - It's been over a month since Angels starter Jered Weaver recorded a victory, but a meeting with the Mariners could change that in a hurry.

Weaver guns for his fifth straight winning decision over Seattle, which begins a three-game set this evening with hosting Los Angeles hoping to avoid a 13th loss this year in the season series.

The 27-year-old Weaver is winless in five starts since his last victory on Aug. 6, dropping each of his last four starts. After a tough-luck loss versus the Orioles on Aug. 29 in which he struck out 11 and allowed just one run over eight innings of a 1-0 setback, Weaver yielded three runs over seven innings in 3-1 loss in Oakland six days later.

The one run marked the first time in four starts that the Angels had scored in a game that Weaver had started. The righty is 11-11 with a 3.14 earned run average this year and 5-3 with a 1.60 ERA in 13 starts at home.

"We didn't get anything going on the offensive side to help make that game Jered's," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Run support might not be too much of an issue tonight for Weaver, who hasn't lost to Seattle since April 15 of last year and is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three starts against them this year.

The Angels enjoyed a much-needed day off yesterday following Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Indians in 16 innings. After Fernando Rodney blew a ninth- inning save, leading to the marathon, Jeff Mathis finally made Los Angeles a winner when his sac fly scored Torii Hunter.

The Angels snapped a five-game home losing streak and won for the second time in six games to avoid the three-game sweep. They stand a good chance at posting back-to-back victories for the first time since Aug. 10-11 given that they have won 12 of 16 over the Mariners this year.

Los Angeles is 49-24 versus Seattle since the start of the 2007 season, going 24-11 at home in the series over that time.

The Mariners come in having lost two of three to the Athletics to begin the week. They dropped Wednesday's rubber match, 4-3, as starter Luke French gave up all four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

"I keep talking about a big hit that puts the ballgame away. We didn't get it. Those things come back and bite you in the end," said Seattle interim manager Daren Brown.

Russell Branyan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Matt Tuiasosopo added a solo shot in the second frame for a three-run lead the M's could not hold.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .409 (18-for-44) in that span with eight multi-hit games and is 17 hits away from extending his own major league record of consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10.

David Pauley will try to snap a three-start losing streak this evening, a skid in which he has allowed four runs in each setback. The 27-year-old was tagged for seven hits and three walks over six innings of his most recent defeat on Saturday versus the Indians, falling to 2-7 with a 4.42 ERA this year.

The right-handed Pauley is 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in two career meetings with the Angels. That losing decision came on Aug. 30 after he gave up three homers to Peter Bourjos, Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui -- all in the sixth inning.

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