Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Francisco Rodriguez worked around a leadoff double in the ninth to set a major league record with his 58th save of the season, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Seattle Mariners, 5-2, in the third contest of a four-game set.
The previous record for saves in a season was 57, set by Bobby Thigpen in 1990 while a member of the Chicago White Sox. Jon Garland (14-8) got the win after lasting six innings and yielding just two runs on six hits. He has now won his last three decisions.
"I don't have the words to describe how happy I am," Rodriguez said. "I thank my teammates, the guys in the bullpen gave me the bridge to go to the ninth. The most important save will be the one that wins the World Series."
Juan Rivera had three doubles and a two-run homer, notching his first career four-extra-base-hit game for the AL West champion Angels, who have won four straight and six of seven. Rivera finished with three RBI, but left in the eighth inning with a strained right hip flexor. Brandon Wood knocked in a pair in the win.
"He's (Rodriguez) been tremendous," Garland said. "To have that many opportunities means we've played a lot of close games. When he comes in you know the door is being shut."
Ryan Feierabend (1-3) took the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits in five-plus innings of work.
Yuniesky Betancourt had an RBI for the M's, who have dropped three straight and five of seven overall. Adrian Beltre saw his 15-game hit streak come to an end, but drove in a run in defeat.
Back-to-back doubles from Torii Hunter and Rivera in the fourth gave LA a 3-2 lead.
Rivera opened the sixth with a double, which chased Feierabend in favor of Randy Messenger. Robb Quinlan was plunked, Mike Napoli flied out and Wood singled to left to plate Rivera and make it 4-2.
R.A. Dickey gave up a leadoff double to Rivera in the eighth, who was pinch- run for by Gary Matthews, Jr. Quinlan flied out to move the runner to third and Napoli was intentionally walked. Wood then drove a sac fly to center to make it 5-2.
Rodriguez came in to close it out, but yielded a leadoff double to pinch- hitter Miguel Cairo and walked Luis Valbuena. Ichiro Suzuki then put runners on the corners with a ground out, and advanced to second. Wladimir Balentien struck out on a foul tip for the second out and Raul Ibanez whiffed on the third strike to make it official.
The M's took an early 2-0 lead. Suzuki led off with a single, moved to second on Jeremy Reed's ground out and stayed at third as Ibanez singled. Beltre offered a sac fly to plate Suzuki and Jose Lopez walked. Betancourt then clubbed an RBI single to left.
The Halos tied it up in the second inning as Hunter led off with a single and Rivera followed with a homer to center.
Rodriguez tied Thigpen's record two days ago. He has blown six saves this year, while Thigpen blew eight in 1990...LA has won 41 of its last 43 games against Seattle.
09/14 00:55:33 ET