K-Rod ties record as Halos survive rally
Closer finishes off Mariners after Angels led by seven runs late
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Francisco Rodriguez matched Bobby Thigpen's single-season save record on Thursday night in front of 38,205, nailing down his 57th save in a 7-4 victory over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.
Rodriguez induced a double-play grounder from Ichiro Suzuki, but Jeremy Reed singled home a run and Adrian Beltre also singled before K-Rod retired Raul Ibanez for the historic 57th save.
With Jered Weaver, cuts on two fingers of his right hand healed, pitching six scoreless innings in his first outing since Aug. 30, the offense hummed along in front of 38,205 at Angel Stadium. Garret Anderson, playing his 2,000th game for the Angels, drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Jeff Mathis delivered a two-run single to halt an 0-for-25 slide, and Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez each had a double and single, Wood driving in a run. Kendry Morales also had two hits, scoring a run.
Weaver didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning, and he allowed only two runners to reach scoring position, walking three and hitting a batter while striking out three. He cut his right middle and ring fingers in a dugout accident in Detroit on Sept. 2. The victory, moving his record to 11-10, was his first since Aug. 8, when he beat the Yankees. After Jason Bulger's scoreless seventh, Ichiro Suzuki homered, his sixth, leading off the eighth against Justin Speier.
Anderson's RBI single in the third inning and Wood's RBI single in the fourth were all the Angels could manage against Mariners starter Brandon Morrow (2-3) through five innings. The Halos erupted for five runs against the Mariners' bullpen in the sixth, Vladimir Guerrero picking up his 84th RBI with a single. Anderson has 78 RBIs.
With an 89-57 record, the Angels need to go 11-5 the rest of the way for the franchise's first 100-win season. The club record is 99 by the 2002 World Series champions.