SEATTLE (AP) - Torii Hunter has a pretty good idea of what he'd like to do with Seattle's Carlos Peguero after another lucky break went the way of Seattle's young slugger.
``This dude has a lot of luck. ... I need to take him to the casino. I think we could win,' Hunter said.
Peguero's two-out groundball in the seventh inning ricocheted off second base, over the head of Los Angeles shortstop Erick Aybar and into center field to score two runs and help give the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday night.
Erik Bedard (4-4) threw seven shutout innings and Seattle salvaged the finale of the three-game series with the Angels. The best team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies, head to town for a three-game interleague series this weekend.
And it was the second time this season Seattle, and Peguero specifically, got an awkward, lucky break to beat the Angels. On May 19, Peguero's ninth-inning flyball got lost in the sun by Hunter, allowing Jack Cust to score the winning run in a 2-1 victory.
``You've got to have some luck. That's the kind of luck I'm looking for,' Hunter said.
The grounder looked like it was going to end the inning and get Ervin Santana (3-7) out of a bases-loaded jam. Seattle threatened thanks to a double from Chone Figgins and intentional walks to Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Smoak. On the seventh pitch, Peguero dribbled his grounder back up the middle.
Aybar was in position to make the play, but dropped his arms to his side in frustration as the ball hopped into center field to score Figgins and Suzuki.
``It was a good pitch down and away, what I wanted, and then it happened,' Santana said. ``Whatever happens, happens. I can't do anything about it.'
The runs snapped a streak of 19 straight scoreless innings by the Mariners after they were shut out Tuesday night and made a winner out of Bedard, who gave up just three hits in seven innings.
Bedard allowed second-inning singles to Vernon Wells and Peter Bourjos and a double in the fifth to Bourjos. He struck out five and walked none.
And he got some defensive help. Seattle left fielder Mike Carp kept the game scoreless in the second inning when he jumped at the wall and robbed Mark Trumbo of - at the very least - a double and possibly a home run. Carp's leaping grab came where the left-field wall jumps up about 10 feet and it was difficult to determine if Trumbo's shot would have cleared the fence.
Either way, it was a big play as Wells could have scored if not for Carp's grab. Franklin Gutierrez also made a diving catch on Aybar leading off the fifth inning.
The Angels got one run back in the eighth off reliever David Pauley, who gave up a pair of walks and Aybar's RBI single to right that scored Bourjos. It was just the third earned run against Pauley since April 18, but he got out of the inning with a strikeout of Bobby Abreu. Brandon League then pitched the ninth for his AL-leading 19th save in 22 chances.
``If we're doing some of the things we can do on the offensive end that's something you absorb and move on from,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``Right now the margin between winning or losing is very tight and when you don't get a break you pay a big price for it.'
Santana was nearly Bedard's equal, striking out seven and escaping early trouble as Seattle left five runners on in the first three innings, including runners at third in each of the first two innings. Trumbo also got back at Seattle, smothering Smoak's grounder in the fifth and racing to the bag to end the inning with Suzuki at second.
``It was very good, been pitching great and then the last batter,' Santana said. ``I thought we had it there.'
Notes: After the game Seattle announced it would recalled prized 2B Dustin Ackley on Thursday and he would make his major league debut against the Phillies. Seattle will option IF Luis Rodriguez to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Ackley. ... Suzuki stole the 400th base of his career in the first inning with a steal of third. He's the fourth active player in baseball with 400 steals, joining Juan Pierre, Carl Crawford and Omar Vizquel. ... The Angels released LHP Scott Kazmir on Wednesday after the former two-time All-Star continued to struggle on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake. Kazmir was battered for six runs in 1 2-3 innings Tuesday night in his fifth rehab start. ... Suzuki had two doubles, his fifth straight multihit game.
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