Suzuki, Saunders lead Mariners past Angels 8-6

Suzuki, Saunders lead Mariners past Angels 8-6

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 06: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 6, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 11:13 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ichiro Suzuki homered and scored three times, Kyle Seager drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Michael Saunders added three hits to complete an impressive road trip. Saunders went 19 for 39 (.487) during Seattle's nine-game jaunt to Texas, Chicago and Anaheim, including five games with at least three hits. He had two homers and five RBIs while raising his batting average from .224 to .277.
 
Shawn Kelley (1-2) won in relief of starter Hector Noesi, but it was reliever Stephen Pryor who got the big outs. Pryor stifled potential Angels rallies in the sixth and seventh innings with double-play balls.
 
Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
 
Saunders wasn't the only Mariners player to swing the bat well on the trip. Seattle scored 64 runs in the nine games and had 12 hits Wednesday, including two each by Suzuki, Seager, Dustin Ackley and Jesus Montero.
 
Seager had a two-run single in the sixth that turned out to be the difference.
 
Everyone in the Angels starting lineup except for Maicer Izturis had at least one hit. Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer, his seventh, in the third inning.
 
Los Angeles starter Jerome Williams (6-3) had been perfect at Angel Stadium, winning all eight of his starts here going back to last season, including his first five this year. But the streak ended Wednesday after he gave up seven runs (five earned) and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
 
He didn't get much help from his defense, particularly Gold Glove shortstop Erick Aybar, whose two-out error in the fifth resulted in two unearned runs.
 
The bullpen struggled in relief of Williams, who left with two outs in the sixth leading 6-5. Bobby Cassevah entered and gave up a two-run single to Seager that gave the Mariners a 7-6 lead.
 
Saunders opened the inning with a single and scored on a single by Suzuki that pulled Seattle within 6-5, ending Williams' night.
 
Suzuki added a solo homer in the eighth, his fourth.
 
After an efficient first inning -- he needed eight pitches to get three outs -- Williams was tagged for two runs in the second.
 
The Mariners had runners on first and second with one out when Williams seemed to get a big out with a strikeout of Miguel Olivo, bringing up Mike Carp, who was hitting just .160. Williams fell behind in the count 3-0, but Carp was swinging and lined Williams' next pitch into the left-field corner for a two-run double.
 
The Angels responded in their half after Morales walked and Mark Trumbo singled to begin the inning against Noesi, who was starting in place of Felix Hernandez (sore back). Aybar drove in the Angels' first run with a double, and Hank Conger followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2.
 
Morales' homer in the third gave the Angels a 4-2 lead, which seemed safe the way Williams appeared to be settling in. But things fell apart for Williams and the Angels in the fifth.
 
Williams quickly retired the first two batters of the inning before Suzuki hit a slow grounder toward shortstop. Aybar appeared to rush in an effort to get the speedy Suzuki, and booted the ball for an error. The Mariners took advantage when Ackley doubled Suzuki to third and Seager brought home both runners with a double that tied it at 4.
 
NOTES: After an off day Thursday, the Angels embark on a six-game trip in National League ballparks, where they will not have a designated hitter. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects to play Morales at first base for at least two of those games, moving Albert Pujols to third. ... Hernandez hopes to start Sunday against the Dodgers. He said he tweaked his back Friday against the White Sox. ... The Angels made a noteworthy selection on the final day of the first-year player draft, taking RHP Kenny Hatcher, nephew of former Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, in the 36th round. Kenny Hatcher played at Dallas Baptist University. ... The Mariners also selected a player with major league bloodlines, taking Michael Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl Yastrzemski, in the 30th round. Michael Yastrzemski is a junior outfielder at Vanderbilt. ... Angels C Chris Iannetta, out since May 9 with a broken right wrist, could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend.

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