Betancourt's ninth-inning single does it for Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels are feeling the pressure
of a tight pennant race.

The last-place Seattle Mariners swept the AL West-leading Angels
for the second time this season, winning 10-9 Wednesday on Yuniesky Betancourt's ninth-inning single.

"We had a chance after Chicago to have a pretty good road trip
against some pretty good teams," Los Angeles second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "At a big time of the year, we pretty much blew that

The Angels arrived in Seattle with a four-game winning streak
following a three-game sweep over the AL Central-leading White Sox.
Los Angeles remained one game ahead of Oakland, which lost 6-4 at

"It's frustrating to not be able to put a roll together,"
Kennedy said, "really frustrating."

Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, and
Richie Sexson also connected.

The Angels fought back from deficits of 6-0, 7-4 and 9-7 to tie
the score in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by pinch-hitter
Bengie Molina off closer Eddie Guardado (2-2).

"We can't look at the standings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "If we play the way we are capable of playing, we will reach
our goal."

Guardado was not surprised to see the Angels fight back all day.

"Against a good team like the Angels, you've got to bury
them," he said.

Jose Lopez doubled against closer Francisco Rodriguez (2-5) with
one out in the bottom of the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Ramon Santiago. Rodriguez walked Greg Dobbs intentionally before
Betancourt singled to left for his third hit and Garret Anderson's
throw sailed over catcher Jose Molina's head.

"I was just trying to make contact," said Betancourt, a
23-year-old rookie from Cuba who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma
on July 28. "I was not trying to think about it too much."

Betancourt has been sensational on defense since arriving in
Seattle, with one error in 35 starts at shortstop. He's hitting
.238 with four triples and nine RBI. The big question about him is
his ability to hit major-league pitching.

"I definitely feel more confident about my offense now," he
said through a translator.

Seattle got an RBI double from Ichiro Suzuki and a run-scoring
single from Jeremy Reed off Kelvim Escobar in the sixth to break a
7-all tie.

Anderson's RBI single cut it to 9-8 in the eighth, but J.J. Putz
got Vladimir Guerrero to ground into an inning-ending double play
with runners at the corners.

Ibanez went 4-for-5 with his 19th homer and finished 9-for-14
with two homers and six RBI in the three-game series. Sexson hit
his 36th home run.

The Angels scored only two runs in losing the first two games of
the series.

The Mariners finished 9-9 against Los Angeles this season. They
swept a four-game series in Anaheim before the All-Star break.

Seattle jumped on Joe Saunders for two homers and a 3-0 lead in
the first. Ibanez hit a two-run shot and Sexson followed with an
opposite-field drive.

Reed doubled home a run and Ibanez added a two-run single in the
second to make it 6-0, but Jamie Moyer couldn't hold the lead.

Moyer, who is 9-0 at Safeco Field this season, left after five
innings with the score tied at 7. His home ERA climbed from 2.76 to

The Angels got back in the game with a four-run third. Anderson
hit an RBI single, Guerrero had a sacrifice fly for his 98th RBI,
and Robb Quinlan and Casey Kotchman each added a run-scoring

After Betancourt's sacrifice fly in the third made it 7-4, the
Angels tied the score in the fifth on Kotchman's RBI single and
Adam Kennedy's two-run single.

The 42-year-old Moyer gave up 13 hits, with no walks and no

"I felt like I made some poor pitches up," Moyer said. "But
the Angels constantly put pressure on you. That's why they are
where they're at."

Making his second major-league start, Saunders lasted two
innings, allowing six runs and five hits.

"We were not very good on the mound," said Scioscia, who used
five pitchers. "That was the story."

Game notes
Guardado has four blown saves in 35 opportunities. ...
Scioscia said LHP Jarrod Washburn could miss more than Wednesday's
scheduled start. "He's feeling better, but we're going to be
sure," Scioscia said. Washburn has been bothered by tendinitis in
his pitching elbow for much of 2005. He was on the DL from July 25
to Aug. 12 with inflammation in his left elbow. ... Sexson's 36
homers are the most by a Mariners hitter since 2001, when Bret Boone hit 37. ... Ibanez hit .419 (31-for-74) with three homers and
17 RBI against the Angels this season. ... The Angels were swept
for the fourth time this year.