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Angels end Mariners' season-high six-game win streak

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels haven't given up on
catching the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

Garret Anderson homered and Howie Kendrick drove in two runs,
helping the Angels beat Seattle 5-3 on Wednesday night and end the
Mariners' season-best six-game winning streak.

The second-place Angels ended a three-game losing streak and
remained 7½ games behind Oakland in the AL West.

"They're all important right now," winning pitcher John Lackey
said. "We know we've got to win because we're a ways back."

Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-4 a night after lining a pitch off
the head of Seattle starter Rafael Soriano.

Soriano, who sustained a mild concussion in the eighth inning of
Tuesday night's game, was released from a Seattle hospital earlier
Wednesday.

The last-place Mariners ended a 7-2 homestand against the New
York Yankees, Boston and the Angels, but are 14 games behind the
Athletics.

The Angels salvaged the finale of a three-game series in Seattle
knowing Oakland had already won Wednesday. They play seven of their
final 28 games against Oakland, including the final four in
Anaheim.

"We have to play well every night," manager Mike Scioscia
said. "We know we have to put the wins up."

The Angels tied it at 3 in the sixth when Anderson hit his 15th
homer of the season off Jake Woods (4-2). After Robb Quinlan
doubled off Woods, Joel Pineiro came in and gave up an RBI double
to Kendrick that gave the Angels a 4-3 lead.

Kendrick was 2-for-5, with two doubles, after going 1-for-25
against the Mariners this season. He's hitting .356 against the
rest of the AL. Kendrick was the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the
Year this season.

"I just wanted to be aggressive tonight," said Kendrick, who
was called up by the Angels on July 14 from Triple-A Salt Lake. "I
usually take a lot of pitches. But tonight I was looking for some
pitches and got 'em."

Los Angeles added an insurance run off Pineiro in the seventh on
Guerrero's double and Juan Rivera's RBI single.

Lackey (11-9), 0-2 with a 9.74 ERA in three previous starts
against the Mariners this season, allowed three runs and nine hits
in 6 1/3 innings.

"I changed some things out of the stretch tonight," Lackey
said.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 37th save in 40
chances.

The Mariners took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Kenji Johjima's
RBI double and Jose Lopez's run-scoring single. Johjima attempted
to score from second on Lopez's hit after right fielder Guerrero's
throw got away from catcher Mike Napoli, but Napoli retrieved the
ball and threw to Lackey to catch the sliding Johjima.

In the top of the fourth, Rivera scored from third on Quinlan's
double-play grounder and Kendrick's RBI double for the Angels.

Yuniesky Betancourt tripled and scored on Chris Snelling's
suicide squeeze in the third inning for Seattle's first run.

Scioscia came out and argued with plate umpire Jerry Crawford.
He contended the ball hit Snelling's foot and should have been
foul. The TV replays appeared to support him.

"I asked him to get help," Scioscia said.

"On the squeeze, I guess it hit the guy in the leg," Lackey
said. "I didn't have the best luck and still wound up winning."

Woods, making his third start for Seattle in place of the traded
Jamie Moyer, allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

"I feel like I could have done better, but I didn't," Woods
said.

Jon Huber made his major league pitching debut for the Mariners
in the ninth, striking out Kendrick with two runners on.

"I've been waiting since I was 10 years old to do this," said
Huber, 25. "I can't explain it. I'm on Cloud Nine. It's awesome,
unbelievable."

Game notes
Quinlan extended his hitting streak to 16 games, five shy
of his career high set in 2004. ... Betancourt, Seattle's
sensational second-year shortstop, turned in the play of the night
in the second inning when he went 10 feet onto the grass in left
field and threw out Quinlan on a close play. ... Former Mariners 3B
Mike Blowers and Ed Vanni, 88, who played for the Seattle Rainiers
of the Pacific Coast League, were honored before the game as the
newest members of the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.