SEATTLE(AP) The differences between the AL West-ruling
Los Angeles Angels
and these fledgling
Eleven games in the standings. Ten runs on Monday. And one ''incredible'' slugger.
belted his favorite victims with two more home runs, the second a monster shot into the upper deck.
added a three-run homer,
dominated in seven scoreless innings and the
Los Angeles Angels
reminded Seattle who rules the division with a 10-0 runaway victory on Monday night.
It was the Angels' biggest rout of Seattle since May 21, 1997, when they won 18-3 at home.
The Mariners were blanked for the second consecutive day. Kansas City's
threw a one-hitter against them on Sunday.
''Easy gas,'' is what Angels manager
called Saunders' fastball. It held the AL's lowest-scoring team to just three hits in Saunders' second start following a three-week
hiatus for shoulder inflammation.
Scioscia could have been talking about Los Angeles' latest romp through the AL West. The defending two-time division champions
moved six games ahead of Texas and 11 ahead of Seattle in a division race that has turned into a rout entering the final month.
Guerrero's second home run was vintage, jaw-dropping stuff. Seattle's
, a native of Southern California, threw a curveball that dived toward the dirt. Guerrero swung low and wildly hard, like
a golfer hacking out of deep rough.
The ball soared over a stationary left fielder, over Los Angeles' bullpen, over a stairwell then concourse, above a sign honoring
and finally into the second row of a rarely reached upper deck.
The third multi-home run game this season for Guerrero was his 20th with the Angels, whom he joined in 2004. That ties
's team record.
''I'll tell you what, breaking ball low, they're aren't many guys in baseball who can do that,'' Angels manager
said. ''That was incredible.''
The awed Mariners used the same term.
''A curveball off the ground. I was going to catch that ball in the dirt - and he hit it into the upper deck,'' Seattle catcher
said, marveling. ''He's incredible.''
Guerrero has 39 multihomer games in his career. It only feels like 38 have them have come against the Mariners.
He has 28 home runs in 93 career games against them. That's the most home runs against an AL opponent for the eight-time All-Star.
Seattle played its first game since May against the division kingpins without All-Star
, Gold Glove third baseman
, active home run leader Ken Griffey Jr. and season home-run leader
Suzuki and Beltre are expected to return Tuesday.
In the meantime, the results were predictable against Saunders (11-7). He improved to 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three starts
against Seattle this season.
As Scioscia said before the game, this is the first time Los Angeles has felt it had five dominant starters pitching at the
same time this season.
, acquired last week from Tampa Bay, starts the series finale in his Angels debut Wednesday.
It presents a looming issue for the Angels by the end of September: Which three start in the opening, best-of-five playoff
''I've got to follow in their footsteps,'' Saunders said of hot ace
. ''I'll let Scioscia make that decision.''
Guerrero followed a sacrifice fly in the third by
with a two-run homer off
(4-4). His 12th home run of the season made it 3-0.
The Angels had 10 hits and a 7-0 lead three batters into the fifth, following Rivera's three-run homer. He has 21 homers,
two shy of his career high set in 2006.
French allowed a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was his sixth and worst start since he joined Seattle
trade a month ago.
Seattle's lineup was so lacking in star power - or power of any kind - it could have used No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley
stepping over a short fence from the first row of box seats to join it. The sweet-swinging left-handed bat pinged line drives
all over in batting practice before the game, on his way to Arizona for instructional and fall league play.
NOTES: Guerrero, a Montreal Expo from 1996-2003, has 31 home runs in 91 games against Philadelphia. ... Seattle manager
said Branyan, tied for third in the AL with 31 home runs entering Monday, had an epidural injection into his back from his
herniated disk. The team hopes Branyan can return by Sept. 15, if at all this season.