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Seattle at Anaheim

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Seattle (5-9)000010000162
L.A. Angels (9-9) «02102010x6111

Angels 6, Mariners 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Seattle manager Mike Hargrove would love to get the kind of starting pitching the Los Angeles Angels are getting from one of baseball's best rotations.

Ervin Santana allowed one run over seven innings and the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

Santana (2-2) scattered six hits, struck out five and walked one. The only run against the right-hander came in the fifth when Adrian Beltre led off with a tape-measure homer into the rock formation in left-center field.

The Angels scored 21 runs in the series, after totaling just 16 during their weather-plagued 1-7 road trip.

"There's no rhyme or reason," said Garret Anderson, who drove in two runs. "You know it's going to happen, so you just be patient. We play a lot of games, so we don't get too wrapped up in one stretch of games."

Jeff Weaver (0-3), Miguel Batista and Horacio Ramirez surrendered 15 runs and 24 hits over a combined 13-plus innings against the Angels. By contrast, Santana, Joe Saunders and Bartolo Colon combined to hold Seattle to just two runs over 20 innings of work.

The Mariners have lost six straight.

"We need to have somebody step up," Hargrove said. "We've been going into the second and third innings three and four runs down. Those things run in cycles, but it's time for our starters to start throwing strikes and getting hitters out. These guys have proven track records."

Hargrove is going to give Weaver the ball the next time his turn comes up, but hedged when asked if he would be on a short leash after giving up three runs and seven hits over three innings against his former team.

"It's a fair question to ask, but I don't know if that's really a fair question for me to answer, so I won't answer it," Hargrove said. "It's really a tough decision to make, but for the good of the ballclub, sometimes you have to make decisions that you don't necessarily like to have to make."

Hargrove may not have much choice but to stick it out with Weaver, who's in a rotation with a cumulative 6.44 ERA through the team's first 14 games.

Weaver actually lowered his ERA from 15.75 to 13.91 with his effort against the Angels. The nine-year veteran, who signed a one-year, $8,325,000 contract with Seattle after winning the World Series clincher, allowed seven runs in each of his first two starts with the Mariners.

Pitching for his sixth big league team in six years, Weaver faced the Angels for the first time since they traded him to St. Louis last July. He was 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA in 16 starts last year for the Angels, eventually losing his spot in the rotation -- and on the roster -- to younger brother Jered.

"Jeff was a different pitcher in the second half of the season last year for St. Louis than he was at any time we had him," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I saw a couple of his games in the playoffs, and that's what we had hoped he was going to be able to do for us. He had a great year, he worked hard to get there, and we're happy for that. I wish he could have made those adjustments here, but it didn't work out."

The Angels, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first game of the series and a 7-0 lead on Saturday night, staked Santana to a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings. No one in Seattle's lineup had a worse time at the plate this weekend than first baseman Richie Sexson, who was 0-for-11 and hit only one ball out of the infield.

"It's all about the team," Sexson said. "It's frustrating to lose these three games the way we did. We battled them in the first two, and today we never really got in it."

The Angels parlayed a pair of errors by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and two wild pitches by reliever Sean White into a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning, extending their lead to 5-1.

Betancourt has six errors in 14 games. He played errorless ball through his first 31 games last season (127 total chances), becoming the first Seattle shortstop to go an entire month without an error since Alex Rodriguez in June 2000. He finished the season with 20 errors in 157 games.

"It happens," Sexson said. "You're going to make some errors. But I'll take my chances with him every day, that's for sure."

Notes

The Mariners, who have finished last in the AL West in each of the previous three seasons, are off to a 5-9 start. This is their fourth losing streak of six or more games during the past two seasons, including an 11-game skid last August - which the Angels capped with a four-game sweep at Anaheim. ... Beltre has 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. Last April, he had only six RBI in 90 at-bats.

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

E. Santana
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000013 .298
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4010031 .100
Jose Vidro, DH4010000 .276
Raul Ibanez, LF2010200 .259
Richie Sexson, 1B4000025 .170
Jose Guillen, RF4010003 .217
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111012 .241
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .222
Jamie Burke, C2010000 .429
Totals3216127  
Batting
2B - Jamie Burke (2, Santana)
3B - Raul Ibanez (1, Santana)
HR - Adrian Beltre (3, Santana)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (12)
CS - Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base by Santana/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Bloomquist-Sexson
E - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (6, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Weaver (L,0-3) 3733030 13.91
Sean White 3331110 6.48
George Sherrill 1000000 0.00
Chris Reitsma 1100000 1.42
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Sean White)
WP - Sean White 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 68-48, Sean White 52-27, George Sherrill 7-6, Chris Reitsma 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 4-2, Sean White 7-1, Chris Reitsma 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 16, Sean White 14, George Sherrill 3, Chris Reitsma 4
Los Angeles Angels
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5021002 .246
Orlando Cabrera, SS4210013 .265
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4121001 .400
Garret Anderson, LF3112002 .243
Casey Kotchman, 1B4021002 .288
Maicer Izturis, 3B4100013 .263
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3110011 .191
Jose Molina, C4010003 .208
Erick Aybar, 2B3011111 .263
Totals34611614  
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (3, Weaver, Weaver), Orlando Cabrera (7, White), Garret Anderson (7, White)
3B - Casey Kotchman (1, Weaver)
SF - Garret Anderson (1)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (3), Vladimir Guerrero (16), Garret Anderson 2 (6), Casey Kotchman (6), Erick Aybar (2)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (1), Erick Aybar (2)
PK - Garret Anderson (1, White)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Aybar-Kotchman
E - Erick Aybar (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,2-2) 7611151 5.64
Justin Speier 1000120 0.79
Dustin Moseley 1000000 1.20
HBP - Burke (by Ervin Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 100-62, Justin Speier 21-12, Dustin Moseley 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-8, Dustin Moseley 2-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, Justin Speier 4, Dustin Moseley 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43628
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins