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Hector Santiago holds off Mariners to help Angels win, 3-0, and complete three-game sweep

Hector Santiago holds off Mariners to help Angels win, 3-0, and complete three-game sweep

Kole Calhoun sprinted in vain to the right-field wall in pursuit of a foul ball off Nelson Cruz's bat. Hector Santiago wanted to give him a moment to catch his breath in Sunday's seventh inning at Safeco Field, so he called out his catcher, Geovany Soto, and made conversation: What should we do here?

Soto said to throw a fastball inside in the 1-and-2 count. Santiago said he suspected Cruz would cheat on it, swinging early, and pound it somewhere. So he threw a curveball, and Cruz fouled it off. Soto ran out to the mound, this time on his own volition. Throw the fastball inside, he said, this time more forcefully.

Santiago did it, and Cruz hit it hard to right field, 361 feet....

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