ANAHEIM, Calif. — Raul Ibañez eclipsed a milestone and tied a major league record when he hit his 300th career home run in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night.
It was his 29th of the season – tying Ted Williams for the most home runs hit in a single season by a 41-year-old player. Williams hit 29 in 1960, the final year of his career.
But that wasn’t enough for the Seattle Mariners.
Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home as the Los Angeles Angels held off a late charge to beat the Mariners, 6-5.
Seattle trailed 6-4 in the top of the ninth when Ibañez hit his milestone homer – one of 19 active players to have hit at least 300.
It also pushed Ibañez’ slugging percentage to .503. If he keeps it that high, he would be the first since Barry Bonds in 2007 to post a .500 or better slugging percentage past the age 40.
Angels closer Ernesto Frieri got the next two batters out to record his 36th save in 40 attempts.
The Angels won their 21st in 28 games. But it was mute following news earlier in the day that they had been officially eliminated from postseason contention.
After starting the year with big expectations, boosted by the winter signing of 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton, the Angels didn’t spend one day atop the AL West after winning their season opener at Cincinnati.
After hitting a home run in the fourth, Cowgill tripled to open the seventh. He then broke for the plate and scored when Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders saw his pitch sail to the backstop.
Saunders (11-16) tied the Astros’ Lucas Harrell and the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson for the most losses in the Majors.
Abraham Almonte scored Seattle’s second run on a seventh-inning balk by rookie Cory Rasmus. Almonte’s sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Brad Miller and cut the lead to 6-4.
After leaving Friday night’s loss with a stiff right groin, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was feeling fine on Saturday. “We’ll see how he does moving around,” “Wedge said. “We want him to take it easy today, but he should be OK.” Wedge said he expects Ramirez will make a start in the final home stand of the season. … Brad Miller participated in a full pregame workout, including running the bases before Saturday’s game. Wedge hoped Miller would be available as a sub on Saturday night and be ready to start on Sunday. … With the Mariners’ walk-off loss on Friday night, they’ve suffered 49 walk-off defeats the past four seasons – most in baseball during that span. Next on the list are the Cardinals and Reds with 37 walk-off losses each.
The Mariners will play their final road game of the season Sunday afternoon with right-hander Felix Hernandez (12-9, 3.01 ERA) getting the start. Hernandez has not pitched since Sept. 2 after suffering a mild oblique strain in a loss to Kansas City. Hernandez won’t have a specific pitch count, Wedge said.
“We are just going to watch how easy or hard he has to work,,’ Wedge said. “He feels strong. He feels good. He should be fine. But we’ll monitor it.”
The Angels will go with left-hander C.J. Wilson (17-6. 3.36 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 a.m. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports. The radio broadcast will be on 770-AM because of a conflict with the Seattle Seahawks game against the Jacksonville.Staff writer Ryan Divish contributed to this report.