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  Saturday, May 6 4:05pm ET
McLemore single in ninth lifts M's

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mark McLemore wants to show the Mariners they didn't make a mistake in signing him as a free agent.

Mark McLemore

"I think it's important that everybody contribute here," McLemore said Saturday after his ninth-inning single gave Seattle a 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Angels. "I don't think we have to rely on just one or two or three people."

McLemore, who hit .274 for Texas last season, singled to center off Mike Holtz (0-1) after David Bell opened the inning with a single, Charles Gipson came in to run and Dan Wilson sacrificed.

Seattle won its first 1-0 game this season, while the Angels lost their second 1-0 game.

"It felt good," said McLemore, who went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .218. "I've been struggling. But I know my numbers are going to be there at the end of the season, when they need to be."

In the top of the eighth, Kazuhiro Sasaki (1-0) walked the first two batters, then got Garret Anderson to hit into a double play and struck out Troy Glaus.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't consider having Anderson in that situation.

"Garret's role on this club is to hit fifth and drive in runs," he said. "I have every confidence in him being a clutch hitter and a guy who will hit."

Seattle loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Jay Buhner ended the inning by hitting into a fielder's choice.

McLemore, the Mariners' second baseman, made a running catch in right field on Glaus' shallow fly ball with runners at the corners to end the fourth. With the speedy Anderson on first, the catch saved possibly two runs.

"I thought I had it all the way, but I thought I might have to dive for it," said McLemore, who also has played left this season.

Darin Erstad, the AL's leading hitter, went 0-for-4 as his average dropped to from .411 to .398. He's 3-for-21 on the Angels' road trip.

Seattle starter Gil Meche allowed two hits and four walks in seven innings, striking out five. Meche is 0-3 with a 3.51 ERA in six starts.

"I don't want to make a big deal out of the run support," he said. "If this was going to happen all year, yeah, I'd be frustrated. But it's way too early to worry about it."

Angels starter Kent Mercker gave up three hits and one walk in five innings, also fanning five.

Game notes
Seattle's Stan Javier and Alex Rodriguez each spoke to plate umpire Mark Wegner after being called out on strikes in the sixth. ... Angels 2B Adam Kennedy almost collided with RF Tim Salmon when he made a back-to-the-plate catch of Bell's pop for the first out in the third. ... In Meche's six starts this season, the Mariners have scored four runs while Meche has been in the games. ... The Mariners played their second 1-0 game at Safeco. They lost 1-0 to the New York Yankees last Aug. 7 when Andy Pettitte beat Freddy Garcia. ... The Mariners played their fourth consecutive one-run game. ... Sasaki, Japan's career saves leader, got his first major league win. ... The previous 1-0 victory for the Mariners came Aug. 20, 1997, against Cleveland in the Kingdome. ... It was Seattle's first victory this season when scoring fewer than four runs.


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