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Anaheim at Seattle

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L.A. Angels (19-18) «00105201110151
Seattle (18-21)1201110006101

Hunter, Morales combine for six RBI to power Angels past M's

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SEATTLE -- As if he hadn't heard enough ribbing about getting ejected in his season debut after only two pitches, John Lackey heard more. This time, in the visitor's bullpen before his second start in three days.

"Yeah, I heard plenty about that warming up. I'll throw a guy a ball if I hear a good one," Lackey said. "I've hooked up guys in New York who had good ones."

Lackey's real season debut for the Angels was about like the barbs of Seattle's fans: not great.

But Torii Hunter hit a three-run double in a five-run fifth inning and Kendry Morales hit two home runs, rallying Lackey and Los Angeles to a 10-6 victory against the Mariners on Monday night.

The Angels ace returned from a strained forearm Saturday for his season debut only to get ejected at Texas for throwing behind and then hitting Ian Kinsler. This time, Lackey slogged through five innings and allowed five runs, four earned.

"For his first time out, his fastball looked good. Maybe his command wasn't crisp as it will be," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, dismissing the Texas fiasco as a non-debut. "Hopefully, this is a good stepping stone for him.

"It's nice to have a lead dog [again]."

Now, Lackey will wait to see if the commissioner's office will bite back with a suspension, though he doesn't expect it to. He does expect a fine that usually comes with an ejection.

"I'd tell you if did something on purpose. I didn't," Lackey said.

"Yeah, it was definitely a different week. It will be nice to have a regular work week and pitch again in five days."

As his undefined ERA -- from allowing one earned run without recording an out Saturday -- settled at 9.00, his workload spiked sharply, by 80 pitches. Noticeably few of them were inside, let alone near any hitters.

There was not even a dirty look from Seattle's batters. They've had their own problems while losing 11 of 14.

"If you'd told me we would get 10 hits and six runs, we'd win this game," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of the rare offensive outburst that was wasted.

Searching for a spark, Seattle benched slumping cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre for the first time this season. His replacement, young Wladimir Balentien, hit a sacrifice fly in the first and later doubled.

Russell Branyan hit his 10th home run, his second in two days, off Lackey to begin the fourth.

But Los Angeles banged around former teammate Jarrod Washburn, Brandon Morrow and Denny Stark to tie a season high for runs, giving Lackey (1-0) his first victory since Sept. 21 and ending the Angels' three-game skid.

Juan Rivera began the game-breaking rally in the fifth by homering over his team's bullpen far beyond left field. Erick Aybar then chopped an RBI infield single to trim Seattle's lead to 4-3.

After Washburn (3-3) walked Bobby Abreu, loading the bases, Hunter cleared them by hacking a high fastball to the opposite-field gap, away from lunging right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Morales hit his seventh home run in the sixth, a two-run shot to straightaway center off Morrow after Seattle closed to within a run. Morrow allowed four hits and two runs in two innings, his first appearance since being demoted from closer Friday.

Morales added a solo shot in the eighth off Stark for his first multihomer game.

Ken Griffey Jr. singled home Suzuki to make it 6-5 in the fifth. It was Griffey's eighth RBI in 27 games and only the 13th RBI by a Mariners No. 3 hitter in 39 games this season.

An angry Lackey stomped off the mound after the inning, mad Griffey had beaten an infield shift. He allowed seven hits and struck out three.

Washburn blew leads of 3-0 and 4-1. He allowed seven hits and six runs in five innings.

It was the second time this season Washburn gave up a season-high six runs to his former teammates, with whom he won a World Series title in 2002.

Notes

  • Scioscia said the Angels might get slugger Vladimir Guerrero back May 25. The eight-time All-Star has been out since April 15 because of a torn pectoral muscle. Guerrero, who launched monster home runs in batting practice Monday, is scheduled to begin a short, minor league rehabilitation assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday or Friday.
  • Suzuki's two infield singles extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
 
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John Lackey gives up five runs in his second start in three days, but manages to last longer than two pitches.  (AP)
John Lackey gives up five runs in his second start in three days, but manages to last longer than two pitches. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Seattle

R. Branyan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5021114 .277
Erick Aybar, SS5121002 .309
Bobby Abreu, RF2100300 .289
Torii Hunter, CF5023012 .313
Mike Napoli, C5020023 .327
Robb Quinlan, DH2000010 .150
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH-DH3100013 .272
Juan Rivera, LF4321103 .292
Kendry Morales, 1B5333001 .287
Howie Kendrick, 2B5121020 .236
Totals4110151058  
a-struck out for Quinlan in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins (5, Washburn), Torii Hunter (9, Washburn), Mike Napoli (8, Washburn), Howie Kendrick (6, Washburn)
HR - Juan Rivera (2, Washburn), Kendry Morales 2 (8, Morrow, Stark)
RBI - Chone Figgins (9), Erick Aybar (10), Torii Hunter 3 (30), Juan Rivera (12), Kendry Morales 3 (26), Howie Kendrick (18)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (4), Erick Aybar (5), Torii Hunter 3 (13), Howie Kendrick (6)
SB - Erick Aybar (1, 3rd base off Stark/Johjima), Bobby Abreu (14, 2nd base off Stark/Johjima), Torii Hunter (6, 2nd base off Morrow/Johjima)
CS - Chone Figgins (3, 2nd base by Stark/Johjima)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1
DP - Abreu-Napoli
E - Mike Napoli (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,1-0) 5754031 9.00
Darren Oliver (H,2) 2111000 1.47
Jose Arredondo (H,11) 1100100 5.19
Justin Speier 1100000 6.14
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 82-52, Darren Oliver 26-17, Jose Arredondo 22-11, Justin Speier 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-6, Darren Oliver 1-5, Jose Arredondo 1-2, Justin Speier 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 22, Darren Oliver 7, Jose Arredondo 5, Justin Speier 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5120001 .324
Jose Lopez, 2B5110011 .234
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4021000 .219
Wladimir Balentien, LF3011011 .288
Russell Branyan, 1B3221111 .309
Kenji Johjima, C4110003 .250
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3111002 .272
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000000 .258
Ronny Cedeno, 3B3001000 .186
Totals33610513  
Batting
2B - Wladimir Balentien (8, Arredondo), Russell Branyan (11, Oliver)
HR - Russell Branyan (10, Lackey)
SF - Wladimir Balentien (2), Franklin Gutierrez (1)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (2), Ronny Cedeno (1)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Wladimir Balentien (6), Russell Branyan (20), Franklin Gutierrez (17), Ronny Cedeno (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wladimir Balentien 1
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (7, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,3-3) 5766241 3.86
Brandon Morrow 2422131 9.58
Denny Stark 2421211 11.12
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 95-55, Brandon Morrow 42-29, Denny Stark 53-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-3, Brandon Morrow 1-2, Denny Stark 3-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 23, Brandon Morrow 11, Denny Stark 12
Game Information
Attendance - 17340
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight