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Angels extend lead on Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Garret Anderson and Howie Kendrick hit two-run homers and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Tuesday night to pad their lead in the AL West to 7½ games over Seattle.

Jered Weaver (11-6) won his third consecutive start, allowing two runs, seven hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out five. The right-hander improved to 20-1 in 29 career starts in which the Angels scored three or more runs while he was in the game.

Anderson followed a sixth-inning leadoff walk to Vladimir Guerrero with his 14th homer and eighth in a span of 14 games on an 0-1 pitch from Lenny DiNardo (8-8).

Darren Oliver pitched two hitless innings and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances, striking out Nick Swisher and Jack Cust with the tying run on second for the final two outs.

DiNardo allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander has allowed nine home runs in his last eight starts, after allowing only four over his first 22 appearances over 78ª innings.

Shannon Stewart drove Weaver's sixth pitch of the game into the lower seats in the left field corner for his 23rd career leadoff homer. Stewart also drove in the A's other runs, with a second-inning grounder to short that scored Scutaro, and a ninth-inning double to score Rob Bowen.

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