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M’s have record day against Angels

 (The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits and Ichiro Suzuki had four more singles to pace the Seattle Mariners’ 24-hit outburst in a 16-6 rout of the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday night.

The Angels remained 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the A.L. West, but dropped to third in the wild-card race — 6 1/2 games behind Boston and a half-game back of Texas. The Rangers beat the Athletics 5-3 Wednesday.

Ibanez went 6-for-6 with a career-high five RBIs a night after Suzuki went 5-for-5 in Seattle’s 7-3 victory over the Angels, who lost their second straight three-game series.

Ibanez’s six hits tied the A.L. record for a nine-inning game, held by many, last by accomplished by Cleveland’s Omar Vizquel against the New York Yankees on Aug. 31.

Suzuki set a Seattle record with nine hits in two games. He now has 247 hits and is 10 from tying George Sisler’s 84-year-old major league record with 10 games remaining.

The Mariners set a club record with 21 singles — six of them by Ibanez. Their 24 hits were the most given up by the Angels this season as were their 16 runs.

Gil Meche (6-6) gave up six runs on seven hits in 52/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three for just his second victory this month.

Ibanez had a pair of two-run singles, his second one coming with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning that extended Seattle’s lead to 13-3.

The Mariners scored four runs in the sixth, including a sacrifice fly by Dan Wilson and Suzuki’s RBI single.

Seattle scored six runs in the fourth to chase Bartolo Colon (16-12). Ibanez had a two-run single, Wilson and Jolbert Cabrera had RBI singles, Randy Winn hit a sacrifice fly and Bret Boone had a two-out RBI double for a 7-1 lead.

Colon gave up seven runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out none in 32/3 innings, equaling his shortest start of the season. He had won his previous three starts.