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SEATTLE -- Ryan Franklin says he wasn't rusty -- it only looked that way.
Franklin was roughed up in his return from a 10-day suspension for using steroids, and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball through eight innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle Mariners 9-1 on Saturday.
"The story of the game was Bartolo," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "We did a lot of things offensively, but the way he was locating his pitches and staying ahead in the count, he stayed away from trouble."
It was a day of mixed emotions for Franklin (6-12), who has maintained he doesn't know how he tested positive for steroids in May. He was glad to rejoin the Mariners but disappointed he gave up eight runs and tied a career high by allowing 12 hits.
"I felt sharp. I didn't miss any spots," the right-hander insisted. "It could easily have been three hits instead of 12. I know I gave up 12 hits, but 10 of them could have been outs."
Chone Figgins missed the cycle by a triple and Juan Rivera added three RBI on three hits, including a solo homer in the seventh. Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina each drove in two runs as the Angels piled up 15 hits one day after opening the series with a 13-hit game.
"The type of team we have, we like moving guys over and trying to get them in," Figgins said.
Figgins set the tone when he doubled leading off the game against Franklin, who lasted 4 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Jeff Harris and sprinted off the field to a mix of cheers and boos.
"I'm out there to do my job, not to worry about what the fans are thinking, if they're booing me or cheering me," Franklin said.
Franklin was polite during interviews but declined to discuss the specifics of his case, including whether there would be an appeal by the players' union. He said he no longer takes the supplement that he believes might have caused the positive test.
"It's not something I ever want to go through again," Franklin said.
Other than that, he said the past several months have been tough both on and off the field.
"I just want to pitch, just play baseball," Franklin said. "I've moved on. I just want everyone else to move on, too."
Figgins added a solo homer off Franklin in the second, a single in the fourth and scored three times.
Colon (15-6) won his third straight decision and his fourth in five starts. He used his slider and an efficient fastball, logging five strikeouts and one walk to keep the Mariners off balance.
"My two-seam fastball was the one that helped me most in situations where I needed it," said Colon, who trails 16-game winner Jon Garland of the White Sox for the AL lead in wins. "The two-seamer was the key."
Ichiro Suzuki's solo homer in the sixth -- the ball flipped over the webbing of Guerrero's glove and cleared the wall -- broke up the shutout bid.
Franklin went 3-1 during a stretch of five starts that ended July 30, just before his suspension. He continued to do his off-day work throughout the layoff and threw strikes Saturday but looked a little rusty.
"Once he got past the second inning, he had better command of his pitches," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "They didn't hit a lot of balls hard off of him but they certainly found the holes to hit them through, and they hit them in front of our outfielders."
Franklin fell behind 2-0 when the Angels got five hits in the first. Figgins doubled and scored on Guerrero's RBI single, and Guerrero scored on an RBI single by Rivera. It was 3-0 in the second after Figgins homered.
"I had a good sinker, but they know that," Franklin said. "They've seen me so much and they were just trying to get under the ball. It wasn't the fact of me being rusty at all. I wasn't."
|Vlad Guerrero drives in Orlando Cabrera with a single in the fifth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||5||3||3||1||0||0||2||.288|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||2||0||0||2||0||.253|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.161|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.321|
|Jeff DaVanon, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.236|
|Garret Anderson, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.288|
|a- Steve Finley, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Juan Rivera, LF||5||2||3||3||0||0||1||.255|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.253|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.223|
|Jeff Mathis, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.325|
|a-popped out for G. Anderson in the 7th|
|2B - Chone Figgins (21, Franklin), Jose Molina (3, Harris)|
|HR - Chone Figgins (6, Franklin), Juan Rivera (9, Harris)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (39), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (85), Juan Rivera 3 (35), Jose Molina 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (9), Vladimir Guerrero (17), Juan Rivera (15)|
|PK - Orlando Cabrera (1, Franklin)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Kennedy-Cabrera-Erstad|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Bartolo Colon (W,15-6)||8||4||1||1||1||5||1||3.44|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 93-66, Esteban Yan 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-11, Esteban Yan 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 28, Esteban Yan 3|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.303|
|Willie Bloomquist, 2B-3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.289|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.260|
|Dave Hansen, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Mike Morse, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Jeremy Reed, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS-2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Scott Spiezio, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.048|
|Wiki Gonzalez, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|HR - Ichiro Suzuki (10, Colon)|
|RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (44)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Raul Ibanez (1, Wild throw), Jeremy Reed (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ryan Franklin (L,6-12)||4.1||12||8||8||0||3||1||4.99|
|IBB - Izturis by Jeff Harris|
|WP - Matt Thornton (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Franklin 87-59, Jeff Harris 59-36, Matt Thornton 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Harris 1-6, Matt Thornton 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Franklin 24, Jeff Harris 14, Matt Thornton 4|
|Attendance - 42500|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Marty Foster|