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SEATTLE -- Even after a victory over the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels were talking about Ichiro Suzuki's sensational catch.

Suzuki climbed the right-field fence in the seventh inning Monday night to rob Garret Anderson of a second home run.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a better catch," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That was incredible. You can tell he practices that."

Jarrod Washburn pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Angels got two-run homers from Steve Finley and Anderson in a 5-0 victory.

The Safeco Field crowd of 24,184 didn't have much to cheer about as the Mariners lost their third in a row, but they chanted "Ichiro! Ichiro!" in the seventh after the four-time Gold Glove winner went high up on the fence and caught Anderson's drive.

The fans gave Suzuki a standing ovation after the inning, and Seattle pitcher Julio Mateo gave him a high-five when he got back to the dugout.

"When I went up on the wall, the ball was right there," Suzuki said through a translator. "It wasn't a big play. It looked like a basketball to me. It was just right there."

Anderson said he's seen enough of Suzuki that he's not stunned anymore.

"I know he's an athletic guy," Anderson said. "It didn't surprise me at all."

Washburn would have liked another homer to add to the Angels' score, but he enjoyed watching Suzuki's catch.

"The guy's one of the most exciting players to ever play the game," he said. "He's fun to watch. I hate pitching against him, but I love watching him play."

Making his sixth start of the season, Washburn (2-0) walked three and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 2.72. He has allowed only one run in his last two starts, spanning 15 1/3 innings.

After four no-decisions, Washburn has won his last two outings.

The left-hander came out after walking Suzuki and giving up a ground-rule double to Randy Winn. Brendan Donnelly retired Adrian Beltre to end the inning, then finished the four-hitter.

The 30-year-old Washburn thinks he's a better pitcher now than ever. He won a career-high 18 games in 2002, when the Angels won the World Series.

"I feel real good on the mound," he said. "My fastball definitely has lost a little velocity over the years, but I've learned how to pitch a lot more. I've got that split-finger now that's a real big weapon for me and my changeup just keeps getting better. And I can throw my slider to both sides of the plate and I've got a sinker to go along with the four-seamer I used to always throw."

The Mariners are 4-8 at Safeco this season after losing 99 games overall in 2004.

Finley, mired in a 4-for-38 slump and 0-for-14 coming into the game, gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his fifth homer of the season. It came off Ryan Franklin (1-4) after Anderson walked.

Scioscia said he hopes Finley's homer was a sign of good things to come for him.

"We need that consistency, especially from someone hitting behind Garret," Scioscia said. "We need somebody there who is productive and he will get to that. Tonight is an indication there are some good things ahead."

Anderson made it 4-0 in the fifth when he sent a 408-foot shot to right after Franklin hit Orlando Cabrera with a pitch. Juan Rivera added an RBI single for the Angels in the inning.

"I hit it pretty good," Anderson said.

Asked if he thought Suzuki had a chance to catch that one, Anderson smiled and replied emphatically, "No, no."

Franklin lost his fourth straight start. In five innings, he allowed five runs, five hits and five walks. Franklin, who gave up 33 homers last season when he had a 4-16 record, has given up six this season.

Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said Franklin suddenly lost it after holding the Angels hitless in the first three innings.

"All of a sudden, he was up and in the middle of the plate," Hargrove said. "It happened in a real hurry."

Notes

The Mariners are 1-7 against left-handed starters, tying them with Cleveland for the worst record in the majors. ... The Mariners have been outhomered 28-16. ... Angels 2B Adam Kennedy made his 2005 debut. He was activated Sunday from the 15-day disabled list after playing six minor league rehabilitation games. He had surgery Oct. 15 on his right knee. Kennedy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and made an error. ... Anderson has a career batting average of .368 (14-for-38) with three homers against Franklin. Finley faced Franklin for the first time. ... Washburn is 8-7 against the Mariners. Franklin 5-6 against the Angels. ... The Angels got their third shutout of the season, while the Mariners were blanked for the second time. ... The Angels' bullpen has stranded 29 of 30 inherited runners this season to lead the majors.

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Washburn
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
Anaheim

S. Finley
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Darin Erstad, 1B5000010 .263
Orlando Cabrera, SS3100000 .242
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3000112 .337
Garret Anderson, LF3212102 .301
Steve Finley, CF3222101 .167
Juan Rivera, DH4011001 .237
Dallas McPherson, 3B3010111 .209
Jose Molina, C3000111 .189
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000022 .000
Totals315555610 
Batting
2B - Steve Finley (4, Franklin), Dallas McPherson (5, Franklin)
HR - Garret Anderson (3, Franklin), Steve Finley (5, Franklin)
RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (21), Steve Finley 2 (14), Juan Rivera (3)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (10), Juan Rivera (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Molina-Kennedy-Erstad
E - Adam Kennedy (1, WILD THROW)
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn (W,2-0) 7.2400350 2.72
Brendan Donnelly 1.1000110 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 116-76, Brendan Donnelly 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 13-4
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 29, Brendan Donnelly 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010100 .346
Randy Winn, LF3030100 .300
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000004 .238
Richie Sexson, 1B3000113 .232
Bret Boone, 2B4000012 .255
Raul Ibanez, DH3000112 .275
Miguel Olivo, C3000010 .159
   a- Shin-Soo Choo, PH1000001 .000
Jeremy Reed, CF3000000 .259
Wilson Valdez, SS3000020 .192
Totals300404612 
a-lined out for Olivo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn 2 (8, Washburn, Washburn)
CS - Ichiro Suzuki (2, Home by Washburn/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Boone-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Franklin (L,1-4) 5555532 4.74
Julio Mateo 2000020 0.68
J.J. Putz 1000010 1.29
Jeff Nelson 1000000 3.86
HBP - Cabrera (by Ryan Franklin), Cabrera (by Julio Mateo)
WP - Julio Mateo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Franklin 89-53, Julio Mateo 20-14, J.J. Putz 14-9, Jeff Nelson 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Franklin 8-3, Julio Mateo 1-3
Batters Faced - Ryan Franklin 25, Julio Mateo 7, J.J. Putz 3, Jeff Nelson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24184
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Paul Nauert