Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

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

Game 1: Monday, September 20
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Anaheim5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 21
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Anaheim3
Game 3: Wednesday, September 22
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Anaheim6

Mariners 7

(57-94, 20-52 away)

Angels 3

(85-66, 43-34 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 21, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: J. Moyer (7-12)

    L: A. Sele (9-4)

    Angels can't take advantage of A's loss

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With his fourth five-hit game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki pulled within 14 hits of George Sisler's season record.

    Suzuki went 5-for-5 Tuesday night in the Seattle Mariners' 7-3 win over Anaheim, his second five-hit game against the Angels this season.

    "I think they all know me, and I know them," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "They know what I can do and I know what they can do. So when you play against them for a few years, it becomes a battle of what you want to try to do next. I think I have an opportunity to get hits every time I get to the plate. I go up there."

    Anaheim remained 2½ games behind Oakland in the AL West and dropped 5½ games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

    Suzuki became the first player with four five-hit games in a season since San Diego's Tony Gwynn in 1993, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    He has 11 games left to break the record of 257 set by Sisler with the 1920 St. Louis Browns. Suzuki singled every time up and raised his batting average to .372, taking over the major league lead from San Francisco's Barry Bonds (.369).

    "I think it's hard for a player to think about records and understand how much it means while you're playing," Suzuki said. "After your career is over, then you can really enjoy the records and achievements."

    Suzuki also had five-hit games July 29 at Anaheim, Aug 3 at Baltimore and Sept. 5 at the Chicago White Sox.

    "Ichiro's got maybe the best eye-hand coordination that I've seen from a guy with a bat in his hand," winning pitcher Jamie Moyer said. "He's been here almost four years now, and he hits balls everywhere they're pitched. You throw a pitch two inches off the ground, up in the zone, off the plate, inside, and he can put the bat on the ball. He's in the driver's seat."

    Scott Spiezio celebrated his 32nd birthday with four RBI against the team he helped win a World Series title two years ago. He's been impressed watching Suzuki up close.

    "I always thought he was amazing, but I never knew about his preparation and his mind-set before the game, and how consistent he was with it," Spiezio said. "It's almost like a martial arts-type thing, where he gets into a zone and he finds a way to get on base."

    Moyer (7-12), who had been 0-10 since winning at Pittsburgh on June 18, allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings to help the Mariners avoid going 39 games under .500 for the first time this season. Seattle, which had 18 hits, must win six of its last 11 games to avoid its first 100-loss season since 1983.

    "Wins, to me, are a team effort," Moyer said. "It's more important for me to keep us in the game and pitch effectively. The wins take care of themselves. My biggest issue has been keeping the lead after we get it."

    Aaron Sele (9-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings -- the third time in four starts that he failed to reach the fifth. The right-hander is 2-4 in his last eight starts with a 6.75 ERA, after becoming the first pitcher in club history to start a season 7-0.

    "I gave up 10 singles. That's part of baseball," Sele said. "You try to make quality pitches, but at the same time, you need to get outs."

    All-Star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero was back in the Angels lineup, one night after getting beaned on the left side of the head by a pitch from Seattle's Ryan Franklin. Guerrero, who was 1-for-4, hit his second triple of the season and scored on a groundout by Garret Anderson, trimming Seattle's lead to 5-3 in the third.

    The Angels learned before the game that they will play the rest of the season without second baseman Adam Kennedy, who tore ligaments in his right knee Monday night while trying to make a difficult play on Suzuki's ground single up the middle.

    Chone Figgins, who has started at six positions this season because of numerous injuries to Angels regulars, made his seventh start at second base. The first pitch of the game was a single up the middle off Figgins' glove, leading to a three-run inning.

    Suzuki scored on a bases-loaded grounder by Bret Boone, and Spiezio delivered the other two runs. He added an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, raising his RBI total to 39.

    Andres Galarraga, who has battled back twice from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, made his first start for the Angels at first base in place of slumping Darin Erstad and was 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

    Game notes


    The Angels, who have been able to use their projected starting lineup only once all season, have had 43 different lineups in 151 games. ... Suzuki is 12-for-19 (.623) against Sele, his highest average against any pitcher. ... The Mariners, who last season became the first team since the 1966 Dodgers to use only five starting pitchers, have used 11 this season. Moyer is the only one with more than six wins. ... Boone's 23rd homer, in the ninth inning, gave the Mariners a leadoff hit in eight innings.

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