SEATTLE (AP) – Darin Erstad drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and move back into sole possession of first place in the AL West.

Vladimir Guerrero added to his impressive series with a three-run homer in the fifth, when the Angels scored five times and chased Mariners starter Gil Meche.

Guerrero was 8-for-14 in the series with three home runs and seven RBIs. For the season, he has 17 hits in 48 at-bats (.354) with seven home runs and 13 RBIs against the Mariners.

Brendan Donnelly (8-3) got the win after making an error that allowed Seattle to tie the game. Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 27th save in 31 chances.

George Sherrill (1-1) hit Adam Kennedy with a pitch to open the eighth. After Chone Figgins’ sacrifice bunt and an out, Erstad worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a hard grounder just to the left of shortstop Yaniesky Betancourt. Kennedy scored without a throw to the plate.

Casey Kotchman hit his fourth homer for the Angels, who have won eight straight games over the Mariners in Seattle, dating to last Sept. 16. After Oakland’s loss to Minnesota, the Angels lead the Athletics by one game.

Angels starter John Lackey, who allowed no runs and five hits Tuesday in his last start, gave up four hits and three runs to the first five batters. Ichiro Suzuki doubled, took third on Willie Bloomquist’s single and scored on a single by Raul Ibanez.

Adrian Beltre’s two-run double made it 3-0.

Kotchman homered in the fourth before the Angels scored five times in the fifth. Kennedy singled, Figgins walked and Orlando Cabrera singled to load the bases. Erstad hit a sacrifice fly to right and Meche – who had already thrown 92 pitches in 4 1-3 innings – was replaced by Julio Mateo.

Mateo allowed Guererro’s 26th homer – the 299th of his career – and Bengie Molina followed with a solo shot for a 6-3 lead.

Suzuki singled and scored on Bloomquist’s single in the fifth, and singled in a run in the seventh to pull Seattle within 6-5. The Mariners tied it when Suzuki stole second, took third on a wild pitch by Donnelly and scored when Donnelly botched a throw to first on Ibanez’s one-hopper back to the mound.

The Mariners had the potential tying run thrown out at the plate in the eighth when third baseman Figgins’ throw beat Richie Sexson on Betancourt’s grounder.

Notes: The Angels have had seven series sweeps this season. The Mariners also have been swept seven times, twice by the Angels. … Suzuki had three hits, his 44th multihit game of the season and 324th of his career. … The Angels outscored the Mariners 25-11 and outhit them 42-21 in the three games.

AP-ES-08-14-05 1952EDT


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