SEATTLE (AP) -- With home runs by Dave Hansen and Bucky Jacobsen,
and some help from record-tying wildness by Kevin Gregg, the
Seattle Mariners beat the Anaheim Angels 6-2 Sunday to avoid a
"To do this against a team we've struggled against so much this
year is very good," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said.
Playing its last game before a four-city, 14-game trip, Seattle
got an impressive start from Joel Pineiro (6-11), who allowed one
run and five hits in eight innings.
The most notable performance was by Gregg, who threw four wild
pitches in the eighth inning, tying the post-1900 major league
regular-season record, set by Walter Johnson in 1914 and matched by
Phil Niekro in 1979.
Bert Cunningham threw five wild pitches in one inning in 1890,
and Rick Ankiel threw five in an NL playoff game in 2000.
"It just happens. It's part of the game," Gregg said. "That's
probably the worst I've ever had it with the split."
"He's got that splitter. When you have a little trouble with
it, it's going to bounce," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. said
"It's tough to block, and he definitely bounced his share today."
Pineiro struck out seven and walked none. In his previous
outing, he gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings Tuesday against
"He is tough," Scioscia said. "He's thrown the ball a lot
better than what his record is indicating."
"Right now I'm still following Jamie (Moyer), but it will be
great to be known as the No. 1 guy. Whenever they're ready to say
I'm No. 1, then I'll step up," Pineiro said,
Eddie Guardado completed the six-hitter.
Hansen hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Jacobson
hit an opposite-field drive leading off the seventh.
"It was a fluke swing because I didn't think it was going
out," Jacobsen said. "I got it on the barrel, but the wind must
have been blowing out that way or something."
Hansen's primary role with Seattle this year has been as a
left-handed bat off the bench. He took advantage of his opportunity
"Dave Hansen has come up big for us in whatever position we've
put him and in whatever situation," Melvin said. "He keeps
himself ready for games. To be on top of things and to react the
way he does is a testament to all his hard work."
Jose Guillen and Bengie Molina homered for Anaheim, which had
won three in a row overall and had been 7-1 against Seattle this
season. Guillen homered in the fourth, and Molina connected in the
Ramon Ortiz (3-6) started in place of Jarrod Washburn, who was
missed his turn became of an inflamed ligament on the left side of
his chest. Ortiz gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings
in his eighth start of the season, his first since June 22.
^Notes:@ After missing two games, OF Garret Anderson returned as the
Angels' DH. He went 0-for1 and was removed from the game for
precautionary reasons. Bengie Molina replaced Anderson in the
lineup. ... Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 17 games. ...
Jacobsen's homer stopped an 0-for-9 slide that followed his
game-ending homer against Oakland on Wednesday.