Final in 12

Series: Game 1 of 3

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Friday, September 27
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in 12
Anaheim 6
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Seattle 4Final
Anaheim 8
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Seattle 6Final
Anaheim 7

Mariners 7

(93-67, 45-34 away)

Angels 6

(97-63, 52-27 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 27, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: J. Halama (6-5)

    L: L. Pote (0-2)

    Martinez drives in three runs as M's edge Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With the regular season winding down and the Angels' first playoff appearance in 16 years coming soon, Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia sent out a vastly different lineup against the Seattle Mariners.

    Edgar Martinez

    Seattle beat the new crew 7-6 Friday night on Edgar Martinez's home run leading off the 12th inning.

    "We were trying to win, but with different guys,'' Scioscia said.

    Although it was Jarrod Washburn's turn to pitch, the Angels' ace got the night off, along with many of his teammates.

    Washburn is expected to pitch Tuesday when the AL wild card winners begin the playoffs at New York against the Yankees.

    "We talked after we clinched it and Jarrod felt better about throwing in the bullpen tonight rather than being in the game,'' Scioscia said.

    The Angels also rested Tim Salmon, David Eckstein, Darin Erstad, Bengie Molina and Scott Spiezio. Left fielder Garret Anderson was in the starting lineup as the DH.

    "I was interested in getting guys off their feet and getting some other guys playing time,'' Scioscia said. "We'll definitely have everybody back in there Sunday so they don't lose their edge.''

    Seattle manager Lou Piniella also missed the game, but for a different reason. He served a one-game suspension for a base-throwing tantrum in a Sept. 18 loss to Texas.

    Bench coach John McLaren filled in against the Angels and said, "The guys went out and played hard and played to win. It's just another example of a Lou Piniella team. We keep playing until the end.

    "He told me to have fun, and I did. We played aggressive, like his style of ball, and it was a fun game. I've been with Lou 11 years, and that's just a trademark of his ballclub -- play hard until the last out. I've never seen a game where we haven't played hard,'' McLaren said.

    The defending AL West champion Mariners were eliminated from the postseason when the Angels beat Texas on Thursday.

    Martinez's 18th homer came on Lou Pote's first pitch of the inning. Pote (0-2) shut out the Mariners for two innings before Martinez's shot into the seats in right-center.

    John Halama (6-5) blanked the Angels on two hits over the final four innings.

    Orlando Palmeiro tied it at 6 with an RBI single off Aaron Taylor during a three-run Anaheim rally in the eighth. Brad Fullmer led off the inning with his 18th homer, and Benji Gil singled in another run to cut the deficit to one.

    Playing before a loud and lively sellout crowd of 43,452 mostly clad in Angels' red, Anaheim's Scot Shields started in place of Washburn and gave up two runs on four hits in three innings.

    Seattle starter Freddy Garcia allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

    Martinez had three hits and three RBI for the Mariners, and Ichiro Suzuki and Willie Bloomquist also had three hits apiece.

    Seattle built a 6-3 lead in the seventh on John Olerud's RBI single and Scott Podsednik's run-scoring groundout.

    Fullmer also doubled in a run for Anaheim, and Jose Molina was 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

    Game notes

    The Angels' scheduled workout Monday at Yankee Stadium is tentative, depending on whether the Yankees have to play a makeup game Monday to determine the AL's best record. Scioscia wouldn't mind, saying, "These guys could probably benefit as much from not having a workout.'' ... Suzuki will be among major league All-Stars who will participate in a seven-game, four-city tour in Japan Nov. 9-17. He played against the major league All-Stars in 1996 and 1998 during his nine-year career with the Orix Blue Wave. ... LF Podsednik got a shower in the sixth inning when, going after a foul in the seats, he crashed into a fan holding a cup. ... In a pregame ceremony, Scioscia presented Anderson with the Gene Autry Trophy as the Angels' 2002 MVP.

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