The Seattle Mariners declined polite attempts by Angels pitchers Jon Garland and Scot Shields to hand them Wednesday night's game on a silver platter.
All night long Angel hitters played catch and release, making sure to leave two men on base in 7 of the game's 9 innings. The Angels left 18 men on base in the game.
Frankie Rodriguez got his world record 62nd Save of the season and a deserving Darren Oliver got the Win. The Angels (98-60) maintain a 2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for home field advantage in the American League playoffs.
Mark Teixeira was 4 for 5 with a go-ahead homer in the top of the 8th inning and Mike Napoli was 3 for 4, but a 2-Run double by Sean Rodriguez in the 6th inning was the big hit of the night.
Jon Garland in his last start of 2008 allowed 5 Earned Runs in what will likely be his final ever appearance as an Angel barring a walk-on cameo in the 2008 postseason.
Panther of the Game: Mark Teixeira