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Angels earn split with M's

Sep 2, 2011 - 6:05 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter's three-run homer and Howie Kendrick's solo shot were enough for the Angels to get by the Mariners, 4-3, and earn a split in the four-game series.

Ervin Santana (11-9) walked seven in 6 2/3 laborious innings, but nonetheless earned the win after holding the Mariners to three runs on four hits.

"For [Santana] to get as deep as he did with really being so far out of sync and not having his best stuff, that's just a testimony of how far he's come and how much pitch-ability he has now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Angels, who had lost three of four coming in, still trail the AL West- leading Rangers by 3 1/2 games.

Charlie Furbush (3-7) was touched for four runs on four hits and three walks in six frames for Seattle, which completed a 2-5 homestand.

The Mariners scored all of their runs in the third inning, as a pair of walks set the stage for Ichiro Suzuki's RBI and Dustin Ackley's two-run dribbler up the middle.

The only other time the hosts put a runner in scoring position was the fifth, and Mike Carp grounded into a double play to end the threat.

"We had our opportunities. Santana, he always has great stuff, but he was erratic today. When he's erratic like that early on in the game you got to take advantage of that, you got to finish innings off, you got to take advantage of those opportunities and we just didn't do that," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Jordan Walden followed up Bobby Cassevah and Scott Downs' hitless relief efforts with a perfect ninth to pick up his 27th save of the season.

Furbush made a mistake with a 1-2 pitch to Hunter in the first inning, resulting in the veteran's 19th home run of the season.

Kendrick hit a first-pitch curveball over the wall in center field in the third frame, proving to be the deciding run.

Game Notes

Santana has not lost on the road since June 21, a span of six starts. His career-high in walks is eight, done so against the Royals on June 20, 2006...Vernon Wells went 2-for-4 for the Angels...Suzuki recorded half of Seattle's four hits...Jamey Wright tossed three scoreless innings of relief for the Mariners.