Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
Game 2: Saturday, April 19
Game 3: Sunday, April 20

Mariners 6

(10-8, 4-4 away)

Angels 7

(9-9, 6-2 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 19, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: F. Rodriguez (2-1)

    L: K. Sasaki (1-1)

    Angels beat Sasaki, M's with three in ninth

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Comebacks are nothing new for the Anaheim Angels, who rallied to win 43 times last season en route to their first World Series title.

    On Saturday night, they won for the first time this season when trailing after eight innings. Tim Salmon hit a tying single and an error by third baseman Mark McLemore allowed the winning run to score as the Angels overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6.

    "This is the same team as last year. We play all nine innings and every out,'' said reliever Brendan Donnelly, who pitched two scoreless innings. "We've got to play it like we are going to win. You expect it, and you play like it's going to happen every night. Of course, it's unrealistic to think that it will, but it seems to happen a lot.''

    Anaheim trailed 6-1 in the fourth and had pulled to 6-4 when Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki (1-1) relieved Giovanni Carrara to start the ninth. Sasaki retired only one of five batters and was charged with his third blown save in six attempts.

    Chone Figgins singled, stole second and scored on a single by David Eckstein. Eric Owens then singled and Eckstein scored on Salmon's bloop single over first baseman John Olerud.

    After Garret Anderson flied out, Anaheim moved up the runners with a double steal. Troy Glaus, whose error at third base earlier led to two unearned runs, followed with a grounder that skipped through the legs of McLemore as Owens scored.

    "I just missed it,'' said McLemore, starting at third because Jeff Cirillo is hurt. "We just can't afford to give games like that away, especially against the teams in our division that we're fighting against. But you've got to give those guys over there some credit for not getting down and feeling that they were out of the game. They can hit, they can do everything.''

    Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) earned the victory with two hitless innings.

    McLemore hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who lost for the second time in eight games. Joel Pineiro allowed four runs and six hits in six innings with five strikeouts.

    Anaheim began chipping away at Seattle's 6-1 lead with Bengie Molina's RBI single in the fourth. Pineiro walked two batters in the fifth and both scored -- Eckstein on Anderson's single and Salmon when shortstop Carlos Guillen booted Glaus' grounder.

    Angels starter Kevin Appier made 59 pitches over two innings before leaving with tightness in his elbow. The right-hander allowed three runs, three hits and two walks.

    "I've felt it the whole season so far,'' Appier said. "You hope that it goes away, but I couldn't get over the hump, and it progressively got a little worse every time. And tonight, it really showed in my stuff. I could throw as hard as I could, but it just wasn't responding. But it shouldn't be a huge thing."

    Appier, accused by some Mariners players of scuffing the ball in his 5-1 victory at Seattle on April 9, allowed an RBI double in the second by Ben Davis and McLemore's homer. It was the sixth homer off Appier, and McLemore's first since connecting against Sidney Ponson at Baltimore last July 15.

    "It was a horrible changeup, and McLemore did what he usually does on bad pitches,'' Appier said.

    Scot Shields relieved to start the third and allowed three unearned runs. John Mabry and Davis hit RBI singles in the third following Glaus' two-out error on Mike Cameron's grounder.

    Guillen led off the fourth with a double and scored on an error by Salmon -- the left fielder already has matched his total of three last year.

    Pineiro allowed three first-inning runs to the Angels in a 5-1 loss at Seattle on April 9. He started this one by hitting Eckstein and giving up an RBI single by Salmon.

    Game notes

    RF Ichiro Suzuki was rested for the first time this season, leaving 2B Bret Boone as the only player to start all 18 games. Ichiro replaced Mabry in the eighth. ... Angels CF Darin Erstad left after four innings with an inflamed tendon in his right hamstring. ... Seattle rookie manager Bob Melvin, a former catcher, was Appier's teammate in 1992 with Kansas City. ... Cirillo did not start for the second straight night because of a strained muscle on his right side, but expects to play Sunday.

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