Suzuki had a career-high five hits and scored the game-winning
run on Boone's single in the 13th inning to give Seattle a 6-5
victory over the Anaheim Angels.
Seattle won outside of Safeco Field for the first time since
beating Pittsburgh 5-4 on June 20 to complete a three-game sweep.
The Mariners' skid was four shy of the longest road losing
streak in AL history, set in 1916 by the Philadelphia Athletics.
The major league mark for road futility is 22 straight games by the
1962 New York Mets.
"I wouldn't think that a team with the players we have would do
that," said Boone, who leads the team in RBI. "I've been on bad
teams and teams that had real rough years, you could look around
those clubhouses and say, `OK, we don't have any experience around
"But when you looked around this room in the first half and saw
the talent and the track records of the players in here, that's
what's amazing to me. Talent-wise, we had five main guys all
scuffling at the same time. And when that happens, then something
like this happens."
Suzuki, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games, doubled
with one out in 13th against rookie Kevin Gregg (3-1). After Randy
Winn struck out, Boone grounded a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score
Justin Leone hit a two-run homer for the Mariners and Suzuki was
5-for-7 with four singles. Bobby Madritsch (2-0) allowed four hits
over four scoreless innings in his third big-league appearance.
"I give a lot of credit to Bobby Madritsch. I found out a lot
about his makeup tonight," manager Bob Melvin said. "He was
excited about being in the game and he was excited that we left him
back out there after we took the lead. He was scared of nothing. He
was coming right after their big boys in the middle of the
The Mariners blew a 5-0 lead for the second time in four nights.
They were three outs away from ending the longest road losing
streak since Oakland's 15-game slide in 1986, but closer Eddie
Guardado couldn't hold the 5-3 lead.
Robb Quinlan led off with a sharp single to second off the glove
of Boone, and Bengie Molina followed with his eighth home run,
driving a 2-2 pitch over the left field. The blown save was the
sixth in 24 attempts for Guardado.
"If anything can demoralize a team that's been struggling like
we have -- especially on the road -- that's it," Melvin said. "But
the way everybody kept battling and kept playing hard, it was a
testament to not giving up. That's a heck of a win."
Suzuki had two infield hits -- one on a high chopper to third
base, the other on a grounder to the right of second base -- to give
him 30 this season.
"He's one of those guys who's impervious to slumps," Mariners
first baseman Scott Spiezio said. "He can go out and hit four
rockets and get four hits, then hit four ground balls and beat
every one of them out."
The Angels stranded a runner at third in the 12th after some bad
baserunning by Vladimir Guerrero, who was tagged out in a rundown
between first and second as Garret Anderson advanced two bases in
Guerrero's single. Madritsch escaped the jam by striking out
pinch-hitter John Paul.
"Vlad just got a little too aggressive," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "The thing that hurts in that situation was that
his run was meaningless. Even if he gets to second base, they're
going to walk Jose Guillen anyway. So he just gave them an out.
"For as hard as we clawed and came back to get back in that
game and tie it up, we didn't complete the job. And that's
The Angels, coming off consecutive shutout wins against the
Texas Rangers, slipped 3 1-2 games off the pace in the AL West.
The Mariners gave starter Ron Villone the 5-0 cushion in the
third when Leone hit his fifth homer to left-center after a two-out
walk to Jolbert Cabrera. The Mariners got three in the first on
Boone's RBI single and Cabrera's two-run double.
Molina had an RBI double in the fourth and Guerrero hit his 22nd
homer in the fifth to make it 5-3.<
^Notes:@ DH Tim Salmon, the Angels' career leader in home runs,
RBI, extra-base hits, total bases, walks and runs scored, batted
ninth in the order for the first time in 1,584 major league games --
more than any player in Angels history has appeared in except for
Brian Downing. .... Suzuki was 2-for-3 against Angels starter Aaron
Sele and is now 10-for-17 lifetime against him.