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"I like to have him hit third with Ichiro and Figgins on base. That's a pretty good scenario," Lee said of Bradley. "Since he's been back, he's been the Milt that we all knew in Texas. He's obviously got the right kind of mindset right now and things are working well. I hope it continues. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't. He's a big part of our offense."
Bradley, who spent two weeks on the restricted list while undergoing anger management counseling, has six RBI in his last three games and is 9 for 30 in 14 games since his return.
"For whatever reason, I'm throwing some hits out there," Bradley said. "The biggest thing is that mentally, I'm all in. I'm focused and feeling good. The way our lineup is, with Ichiro and Figgy on top and the way they're swinging it, there should be guys on base. So I should be able to drive some guys in."
Lee (3-2) struck out 10 over eight innings in his 200th big league appearance. The 2008 Cy Young winner allowed three runs -- two earned -- and four hits with two walks.
"He's one of those guys who, when you look at the scoreboard and it says 91 or 92 miles an hour, you don't believe it because when it comes out of his hand, it's more like 95," Figgins said. "He gets so much good extension on his release, and that makes it look faster than what it is. He's a gamer."
Teammate Ken Griffey Jr. believes the reason for Lee's success has been his competitiveness.
"He's going to come at you and he's going to leave it out there every fifth day," Griffey said. "He's a lot of fun to watch, but he's a pain if you've got to hit against him. He's pretty much a throwback to the veteran pitchers when I first started. He's got great command on both sides of the plate and he pitches inside effectively. He does everything well."
The last time Lee was in the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium was on July 28. That day he was packing his gear after being traded from the Cleveland Indians to the eventual NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Mariners hope he doesn't repeat the process this year at the non-waiver trading deadline.
"Hopefully, we can put together a nice run so we can keep him all year," Griffey said. "I mean, we have no control if they want to get rid of him or not, but we can try to make it tough on everybody."
Scott Kazmir (3-5) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The two-time All-Star left-hander is 1-4 with a 6.91 ERA over his last five starts.
"I was painting outside to righties really well. My problem was inside to righties," Kazmir said. "I thought my slider and changeup were good, but when I get behind, I can't throw them the way I'd like. They definitely weren't biting on my off-speed stuff. They were locked down on the fastball. Once you get the fastball in for a strike, it opens up so much."
In his first game at Angel Stadium since leaving Anaheim as a free agent during the offseason, Figgins was 1 for 3 with two walks.
Lee got off to an inauspicious start, giving up a pair of first-inning runs. One of them was unearned because of an error by the left-hander, who wasn't able to field Torii Hunter's comebacker cleanly and made a hurried throw past catcher Rob Johnson as he tried to get Howie Kendrick. Bobby Abreu, who went from first to third on the miscue, came home on a groundout by Kendry Morales.
"The first inning was a debacle, with the horrible play I made," Lee said. "With first and third with one out, I was originally going to try and turn two. But I knew Torii Hunter was running to first and he's pretty quick, and I think I tried to throw it before I caught it.
"Then I rushed the throw going home, so I basically screwed it up twice on the same play. But other than that, I was pretty happy with how things went."
|Cliff Lee gives up three runs on four hits to get the win in his 200th start. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Chone Figgins, 2B||3||2||1||0||2||1||0||.196|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||1||2||2||1||1||1||.296|
|Milton Bradley, LF||4||0||1||3||0||1||3||.238|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.288|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.220|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.192|
|Rob Johnson, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.183|
|Josh Wilson, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.279|
|2B - Chone Figgins (9, Kazmir), Rob Johnson (4, Shields), Josh Wilson (4, Shields)|
|HR - Jose Lopez (2, Kazmir)|
|SF - Milton Bradley (1)|
|RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 2 (24), Milton Bradley 3 (18), Jose Lopez (17), Josh Wilson (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (7), Milton Bradley 2 (10)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Cliff Lee (2, Throwing)|
|Cliff Lee (W,3-2)||8||4||3||2||2||10||0||3.22|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 115-75, Shawn Kelley 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 7-8, Shawn Kelley 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, Shawn Kelley 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.237|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.258|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.271|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.272|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.286|
|Juan Rivera, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.230|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.232|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.256|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.429|
|2B - Kevin Frandsen (3, Lee)|
|RBI - Howard Kendrick (23), Torii Hunter (29), Kendry Morales (35)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1|
|E - Bobby Abreu (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Scott Kazmir (L,3-5)||5.1||8||6||5||1||1||1||6.34|
|HBP - Suzuki (by Scot Shields)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 86-57, Trevor Bell 25-13, Francisco Rodriguez 13-9, Scot Shields 26-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 7-8, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0, Scot Shields 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 25, Trevor Bell 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Scot Shields 7|
|Attendance - 41770|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis|