|L.A. Angels (7-6) «||0||0||2||0||2||3||3||0||0||10||16||2|
Jeff Mathis hit a two-run homer to lead a 16-hit attack, and Joe Saunders had another solid start to help the Angels beat the banged-up Mariners 10-5 on Sunday.
"The plane ride would have been a lot worse," Saunders said. "It would have been pretty hard having to win both in Texas just to get a 2-3 record on this roadtrip. So to get a win and not get swept is big."
The Mariners, who won the first two games 8-5 and 8-3, scratched starting pitcher Erik Bedard before the game because of inflammation in his left hip. The Mariners expect to find out in a throwing session Monday whether Bedard can return to the mound next week. The injury isn't expected to be serious.
Seattle also played without third baseman Adrian Beltre, out with a sore hamstring sustained running the bases on Saturday. Right fielder Mike Morse injured his left shoulder diving for a double by Mathis in the sixth on Sunday and said he would have an MRI exam, and closer J.J. Putz remains on the disabled list.
"We'll huddle up and see where we are," Seattle manager John McLaren said of the injuries. "We have some decisions to make. We've got to find out about Mike and we have a few things to talk about."
Saunders (2-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings in his third straight solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. Saunders pitched eight innings in his first two starts this season and gave up only one earned run.
"He threw a lot of pitches and made some pitches to get out of jams," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "For not having good stuff, he showed a lot and kept battling."
Right-hander Cha Seung Baek (0-1) made his first start of the season in place of Bedard. Baek allowed seven hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Baek pitched one inning of relief in his only other appearance this season.
The Angels scored twice in the third and fifth and three each in the sixth and seventh.
Mathis had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh, and Howie Kendrick and Casey Kotchman also had three hits apiece for Los Angeles.
Kendrick left the game with a strained left hamstring running out his second double of the game in the seventh, when he thought about trying for a triple but pulled up. Kendrick said he will know more about the injury Monday when he sees how the leg feels.
"I'll have to listen to the trainers to see what I can and can't do," Kendrick said.
Kotchman was 8-for-12 in the series after a 3-for-23 start to the season.
"They had my back today and were swinging the bats great," Saunders said of his teammates. "From the middle innings on we figured their pitcher out."
Vladimir Guerrero had a two-run double in the third and Gary Matthews Jr. added a two-run single in the sixth off Seattle reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who gave up six runs on eight hits.
Jose Vidro, Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez each had two hits to lead Seattle. Ibanez had a two-run double and three RBIs. The Mariners had loaded the bases in the second when Jamie Burke hit into an inning-ending double play.
Matthews Jr., who had a fielding error on Saturday, ran in for a diving catch to take a hit away from Morse in the fourth with two outs and a runner on first.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth in relief for the Angels in his first appearance since he sprained his right ankle April 6.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||2||0||.404|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||5||0||1||2||0||1||3||.259|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.288|
|Garret Anderson, LF||5||1||0||0||0||0||4||.222|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Maicer Izturis, PR-2B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.121|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||3||1||1||0||1||.370|
|Juan Rivera, DH||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.125|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||3||3||2||0||0||2||.353|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.310|
|2B - Vladimir Guerrero (3, Baek), Howie Kendrick 2 (5, O'Flaherty, O'Flaherty), Casey Kotchman (3, Baek), Jeff Mathis (1, O'Flaherty)|
|HR - Jeff Mathis (2, O'Flaherty)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (2), Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (7), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (11), Howie Kendrick (4), Casey Kotchman (6), Juan Rivera (1), Jeff Mathis 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (7), Howie Kendrick (1), Casey Kotchman (5)|
|SB - Chone Figgins 2 (6, 2nd base off Baek/Burke, 2nd base off O'Flaherty/Burke), Erick Aybar (3, 3rd base off O'Flaherty/Burke)|
|CS - Howie Kendrick 2 (2, 2nd base by Baek/Burke, Home by O'Flaherty/Burke)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Saunders-Mathis-Kotchman, Aybar-Kendrick-Kotchman, Izturis-Aybar-Kotchman|
|E - Erick Aybar 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Joe Saunders (W,2-0)||5.1||6||2||2||3||1||0||1.27|
|WP - Justin Speier (1), Darren Oliver (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 91-47, Justin Speier 23-12, Darren Oliver 15-7, Scot Shields 9-6, Francisco Rodriguez 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-9, Justin Speier 3-0, Scot Shields 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Justin Speier 5, Darren Oliver 3, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||3||1||0||0||2||0||0||.255|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.333|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||0||2||3||0||0||2||.327|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.244|
|Jose Vidro, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.191|
|Mike Morse, RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|a- Greg Norton, PH-RF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Miguel Cairo, 3B||3||0||0||1||1||0||2||.000|
|Jamie Burke, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.250|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|a-singled for Morse in the 6th|
|2B - Raul Ibanez (4, Oliver)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez 3 (13), Greg Norton (1), Miguel Cairo (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (3)|
|SB - Ichiro Suzuki (1, 2nd base off Saunders/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - J. Lopez-Sexson|
|Cha Seung Baek (L,0-1)||4.1||7||4||4||2||2||0||11.81|
|IBB - Guerrero by Cha Seung Baek|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cha Seung Baek 85-52, Eric O'Flaherty 59-43, Roy Corcoran 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 2-8, Eric O'Flaherty 4-2, Roy Corcoran 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 21, Eric O'Flaherty 16, Roy Corcoran 6|
|Attendance - 30664|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|