Erick Aybar's two-out single drove home Bobby Abreu in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels overcame All-Star closer Brian Fuentes' latest blown save for a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Mike Sweeney led off the ninth with a solo homer to center off Fuentes, erasing an outstanding home debut by Scott Kazmir. The Angels' new starter left with a 2-1 lead after battling Seattle ace Felix Hernandez through the first seven innings.
Abreu led off the 10th with a single off Miguel Batista (6-4). After Abreu reached third base on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, the Mariners intentionally walked Kendry Morales to pitch to Aybar, who drilled a grounder up the middle for his first hit of the night.
Matt Palmer (10-1) pitched the 10th inning of the AL West-leading Angels' fourth win in five games.
The victory limited the damage done to Los Angeles' division lead by Texas' doubleheader sweep of Cleveland. Los Angeles leads the Rangers by 4 1/2 games, with seven games still to play against each other.
After Kazmir and reliever Kevin Jepsen limited the Mariners to three hits in the first eight innings, Sweeney immediately connected for his seventh homer against Fuentes, who then walked two Mariners before leaving to a cascade of boos. Jason Bulger killed the rally by retiring pinch-hitters Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Carp.
Fuentes' sixth blown save denied a win to Kazmir, who yielded three hits over seven innings and won his rematch with Hernandez. Seattle's All-Star right-hander also allowed three hits in seven innings, but the Angels capitalized on each of his four walks, with Chone Figgins scoring an unearned, go-ahead run on Jack Wilson's error in the fifth.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a first-inning homer for the Mariners, who have lost three straight.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 5, snapping his seven-game hitting streak and leaving him five hits short of 200 for the ninth consecutive season.
The Angels acquired Kazmir from Tampa Bay last month, and the two-time All-Star joined the club just in time for a lengthy road trip. His outstanding August with the Rays has carried over to the West Coast, where he has yielded three earned runs or fewer in seven of his past eight starts.
He made an outstanding debut for the Angels last week in Seattle, pitching 6 1-3 innings of three-hit ball and retiring 18 straight at one point in a 3-0 loss to Hernandez, who yielded four hits over eight innings.
Kazmir struck out Suzuki on three pitches to open his first game in Anaheim, although Gutierrez then connected for his 16th homer.
NOTES: The Angels recalled five minor leaguers for September: RHP Rafael Rodriguez, C Ryan Budde, OF Terry Evans, 3B Freddy Sandoval and OF Chris Pettit. Rodriguez is back with Los Angeles for the fifth time this season. ... Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu hopes 1B Russell Branyan will resume working out when the club returns to Seattle next week. Branyan went on the disabled list late last month with a back injury, but hopes to play again this season.