Thursday's American League Capsules

Sep 21, 2007 - 5:42 AM By PA SportsTicker

LA ANGELS 9, SEATTLE 5 ----------------------

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- No matter how many pitches went up and in, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would not stop steamrolling their way to the American League West Division title.

Vladimir Guerrero homered and Garret Anderson drove in three runs to lead the Angels to a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Howie Kendrick had three hits and two RBI for Anaheim, which clinched at least a share of the AL West with the win.

The Mariners jumped on top in the third, when former Angel Jose Guillen doubled in a pair of runs off starter Jered Weaver (13-7).

After Seattle starter Ryan Feierabend (1-5) struck out Jeff Mathis leading off the bottom of the third, Reggie Willits doubled to right and Orlando Cabrera walked. Guerrero followed with a single to right, loading the bases for Anderson, who doubled to tie the game at 2-2.

Kendrick singled two batters later to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead, and Juan Rivera completed the five-run inning by driving in Kendrick with a base hit.

Tempers flared in the next inning as Weaver, pitching with a three-run lead, hit Seattle catcher Kenji Johjima in the back with two outs.

Seattle responded in the next inning, as reliever Jorge Campillo threw a pitch near the head of Mathis - the Angels' catcher - prompting plate umpire Dana Demuth to warn both benches. Mathis eventually struck out, and Guerrero came to the plate two batters later with a runner on first.

Campillo went up-and-in on Guerrero, eliciting a stare and some harsh words from many on Anaheim. Guerrero took Campillo's next pitch deep over the center field wall for a two-run blast, extending the Angels' lead to 7-2.

Raul Ibanez brought the Mariners back to within 7-4 in the fifth with a two-run homer and Guillen followed with a single before being picked off first by Weaver.

That frame ended the night for Weaver, who was charged with four runs and nine hits in five innings while striking out one without a walk. The second-year righthander has won five of his last six starts.

After Cabrera tripled in a run in the sixth, Campillo again threw at Guerrero's head, this time drawing an ejection from Demuth and causing both benches to empty.

The frustration likely is getting to the Mariners, who were within one game of the division lead on August 24 but have won just eight of 26 since and are on the verge of elimination.

Anaheim's magic number sits at one with 10 games to play. The victory moved the Angels (91-62) one-half game ahead of idle Cleveland (90-62) for the best record in baseball.

KANSAS CITY 3, CHI WHITE SOX 0 ------------------------------ KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Zack Greinke outdueled Jon Garland as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-0.

The righthander allowed just two hits over eight strong innings as the Royals (66-86) climbed out of last place and ahead of the White Sox (66-87) in the American League Central Division.

Greinke (7-6) allowed only a fourth-inning double and seventh-inning single en route to just his third win as a starter this year. The 23-year-old did not walk a batter, went to a three-ball count on just once and set a career high with 10 strikeouts.

Greinke was in line for the first shutout of his career, but after tossing 101 pitches through he gave way to reliever Joakim Soria, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.

BALTIMORE 6, TEXAS 3 (10 INNINGS) --------------------------------- ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Brian Roberts' three-run homer highlighted a five-run 10th inning, helping the Orioles defeat the Rangers, 6-3.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the 10th, Nick Markakis reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by John Rheinecker (3-3) before the reliever walked Kevin Millar. Aubrey Huff then reached on a fielding error by first baseman Brad Wilkerson, allowing Markakis to score and put the Orioles ahead.

Melvin Mora's RBI single to right field plated Millar, setting the stage for Roberts, who hammered a shot over the wall in right for a 6-1 advantage.

Jamie Walker (2-2), the fifth of six Baltimore pitchers, struck out three in 1 2/3 perfect innings to notch the win.






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