Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/21)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Anaheim 8Final
Seattle 1
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Anaheim 4Final
Seattle 6
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
Anaheim 2Final
Seattle 3

Angels 4

(96-59, 44-33 away)

Mariners 6

(89-66, 45-32 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 21, 2002

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: F. Garcia (16-10)

    L: J. Lackey (8-4)

    S: K. Sasaki (36)

    M's take full advantage of Glaus' error

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Troy Glaus' throwing error postponed Anaheim's clinching party by at least one day.

    Glaus' miscue led to four unearned runs in the fifth inning as the Angels were prevented from wrapping up their first playoff berth in 16 years with a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. "It's a play I know we can make,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I'm not going to say we handed it to them, but we shot ourselves in the foot a little today.''

    The Angels' magic number to clinch at least the AL wild card is one, with seven games remaining. Anaheim ace Jarrod Washburn (18-5) will pitch Sunday against the Mariners as the Angels try to make the playoffs for the fourth time in their 42-year history. In their locker room, plastic covers remained in place for the planned celebration that didn't happen Saturday. Anaheim also fell two games behind Oakland in the AL West.

    "I'm looking forward to being in the situation of the clinching game,'' Washburn said. "But I would have much rather got it done today. Now, we're another game back of Oakland and that's (the division title) what everybody in this room wants.''

    The defending division champion Mariners staved off playoff elimination with the win.

    Catcher Dan Wilson said the Mariners, who tied the major league record with 116 victories last season, did not want to see the Angels get into the playoffs in Seattle.

    "You never like to see anybody celebrate on your field,'' he said.

    Seattle manager Lou Piniella, whose team plays Oakland here next week, agreed.

    "You would like to see these people (Anaheim or Oakland) win the division somewhere else,'' he said.

    Freddy Garcia (16-10) gave up homers to Bengie Molina and Darin Erstad in the seventh, but got the victory with the help of Seattle's bullpen.

    Arthur Rhodes, Jeff Nelson and Kazuhiro Sasaki finished up for the Mariners, with Sasaki working a scoreless ninth for his 36th save in 43 opportunities. Sasaki retired Garret Anderson with the bases loaded to end it.

    Trailing 1-0, the Mariners scored six runs off rookie John Lackey (8-4) in the fifth.

    With two outs, the bases loaded and Seattle ahead 2-1 in the fifth, John Olerud hit a grounder to Glaus on a routine play. Glaus threw to second, but his throw sailed wide of Adam Kennedy into right field, allowing Dan Wilson, Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez to score. Olerud went to third on the play.

    "I don't know what should have happened,'' Kennedy said when asked if the throw should have gone to first. "I probably got there a little late. The throw was up the line a little bit. It's not the first error we've made all year that cost us a run.

    "You could say 'What if?' all day long, you know,'' he said. "Troy made the choice to throw to second and it didn't work out for us.''

    Bret Boone followed with an RBI single.

    Glaus was unavailable for comment.

    Jeff Cirillo's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded scored Mike Cameron with Seattle's first run and Suzuki singled in Carlos Guillen with the second.

    Garcia allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

    Lackey, who had 12 consecutive scoreless innings against the Mariners before the fifth, went 4 2-3 innings and allowed six runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

    The Angels scored in the first on an RBI single by Anderson. Molina hit a solo homer and Erstad had a two-run shot in the seventh to cut Seattle's lead to 6-4.

    In the eighth, the Angels blew a scoring chance when they had runners at first and second with two outs. Scott Spiezio broke from second in an attempted steal, Nelson threw to third and Spiezio was out in a 1-5-4-1 rundown.

    "Spiezio put his head down,'' Scioscia said. "You can't do that. You've got to keep your eye on the pitcher.''

    Game notes

    Glaus committed his team-leading 19th error of the season. He also made 19 errors last season. ... Mariners hitting coach Gerald Perry was ejected for the first time this season by plate umpire Chris Guccione in the second for arguing from the dugout after Cameron struck out. Guccione said Cameron swung at the third strike and Perry argued he didn't.

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