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Johnny Giavotella's gamble pays off for Angels in 3-2 win over Mariners

Johnny Giavotella's gamble pays off for Angels in 3-2 win over Mariners

The line drive shot off Johnny Giavotella's bat toward center field for what looked like a routine single to lead off the eighth inning until Seattle outfielder Brad Miller slowed on his approach to the ball.

Giavotella did not slow around first base. He accelerated toward second base and slid head-first for a double, just under Robinson Cano's tag.

An Erick Aybar sacrifice bunt and a Kole Calhoun single off the glove of first baseman Jesus Montero later, the Angels had the decisive run of Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Mariners that kept their playoff hopes very much alive.

The Angels' fifth consecutive victory and eighth in 10 games kept them half a game behind...

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