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Ichiro has big day against Anaheim

AMERICAN BASEBALL Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners had five hits and scored the winning run on an RBI. He has hits in 21 consecutive games

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Starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins pitches against the Phillies during the first inning oat Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, Thursday. The Marlins won 10-1.

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Ichiro Suzuki had a career-high five hits and scored the game-winning run on Bret Boone's single in the 13th inning Thursday to give Seattle a 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels and snap the Mariners' club-record 15-game road losing streak.

Suzuki, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games, doubled with one out against rookie Kevin Gregg (3-1) in the 13th. After Randy Winn struck out, Boone grounded a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Suzuki.

Suzuki was 2-for-3 against Aaron Sele and is now 10-for-17 lifetime against him.

The Mariners won outside of Safeco Field for the first time since beating Pittsburgh 5-4 on June 20 to complete a three-game sweep.

The Mariners nearly let another one get away on the road, blowing a 5-0 lead.

Bengie Molina tied it in the ninth for the Angels with a two-run homer off closer Eddie Guardado, but Bobby Madritsch (2-0) allowed four hits over four scoreless innings in his third big-league appearance and Boone delivered the clutch hit.

The Mariners' losing skid was four short of the longest road losing streak in American League history, set in 1916 by the Philadelphia Athletics. The major league mark for road futility is 22 straight games by the 1962 New York Mets.

The Angels stranded a runner at third in the 12th after some bad baserunning by Vladimir Guerrero, who was tagged out in a rundown between first and second as Garret Anderson advanced two bases in Guerrero's single. Madritsch escaped the jam by striking out pinch-hitter John Paul.

The Angels, coming off consecutive shutout wins against the Texas Rangers, slipped 3 1-2 games off the pace in the AL West.

The Mariners were three outs away from ending the longest road losing streak since Oakland's 15-game slide in 1986, but Guardado couldn't hold the 5-3 lead.

Robb Quinlan led off with a sharp single to second off the glove of Boone, and Molina followed with his eighth home run, driving a 2-2 pitch to left field.

The blown save was the sixth in 24 attempts for Guardado.

Justin Leone hit a two-run homer for the Mariners and Suzuki was 5-for-7 with four singles.

The Mariners gave starter Ron Villone a 5-0 cushion in the third when Leone hit his fifth homer to left-center after a two-out walk to Jolbert Cabrera. The Mariners got three in the first on Boone's RBI single and Jolbert Cabrera's two-run double.

Molina had an RBI double in the fourth and Guerrero hit his 22nd homer in the fifth to make it 5-3.

Orioles 9, Yankees 1

Sidney Ponson pitched a four-hitter for his third straight win and Javy Lopez homered again, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the New York Yankees 9-1 Thursday night.

Melvin Mora drove in four runs, Lopez had three RBIs and Miguel Tejada hit a pair of RBI singles for Baltimore. The Orioles won for just the second time in 10 games against the American League East leaders this season.

"You might get knocked out in the first inning, who knows?" Ponson said. "That's why you play the games."

Ponson struck out five and walked none in his third complete game.

"He was dominating tonight. He was spectacular," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "I told him before that he was not a 3-12 pitcher. Since the break, he's really turned it around."

Jose Contreras (8-5) pitched on three days' rest without success. The Orioles roughed him up for seven runs in 6 2-3 innings.

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