Kawasaki has three-run double to lead Mariners

Kawasaki has three-run double to lead Mariners

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 04: Michael Saunders #55 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with teammate Ichiro Suzuki #51 after scoring in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 4, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 11:10 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Munenori Kawasaki had a three-run double and John Jaso had three hits, leading the Seattle Mariners to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Mariners starter Jason Vargas (7-4) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out a season-best eight.
 
Kyle Seager homered and Seattle had 10 hits overall. But the Mariners had to survive a late rally by the Angels, who scored twice in the sixth and added two more runs in the eighth.
 
Mike Trout had a career-high four hits and a sacrifice fly and Kendrys Morales hit two home runs for the Angels. The Angels' Mike Scioscia became the ninth manager in AL history to manage 2,000 games with one club.
 
Angels starter Ervin Santana's struggles continued, and Monday's start was his worst one yet. Santana (2-7) lasted a season-low 4 2-3 innings, and gave up seven runs and eight hits. He walked six and struck out only one.
 
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead on Seager's two-out home run in the first inning, his seventh of the season. It also was the 16th home run allowed by Santana, most in the majors this year.
 
Albert Pujols' sacrifice fly in the bottom half tied it at 1.
 
Santana found trouble in the third inning when he walked Dustin Ackley, Seager and Justin Smoak in succession. Jaso followed with a run-scoring single, and Mike Carp grounded into a run-scoring force play.
 
Morales hit his fifth home run of the season with one out in the fourth inning to cut the Angels' deficit to 3-2. But the Mariners came back with four in the top of the fifth -- highlighted by Kawasaki's bases-clearing double -- to go up 7-2.
 
Morales homered again for the Angels in the sixth, both home runs Monday coming right-handed. His previous four this season all came from the left side.
 
Trout had an RBI single in the sixth off Mariners reliever Brandon League, and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
 
Maicer Izturis had an RBI double to pull the Angels to 8-6 and Los Angeles had the tying runs in scoring position with Pujols at the plate.
 
Mariners manager Eric Wedge brought in Tom Wilhelmsen, who got Pujols to hit a comebacker, and the Angels' John Hester was thrown out in a rundown between third and home.
 
Hester was able to stay in the rundown long enough to allow Pujols to reach second, but Mark Trumbo struck out to end the threat. It was Trumbo's fourth strikeout of the game.
 
NOTES: The Mariners selected catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida with their first-round pick, third overall in the baseball draft . The Angels did not have a selection on the first day of the draft, having given up their first- and second-round picks as compensation for signing Free agents Pujols and C.J. Wilson during the offseason. The Angels' first pick will come in the third round on Tuesday, the 114th pick overall. . Mariners 1B Justin Smoak was named the American League player of the week. Smoak hit .348 with three homers, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games. . Angels C Bobby Wilson left Monday's game in the second inning for precautionary reasons after getting hit in the mask by a foul tip. Hester took Wilson's place.

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