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Mariners continue offensive surge, take out Angels again

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- From the on-deck circle, Justin Smoak couldn't blame the Angels for walking Robinson Cano to load the bases in the third inning.

When Smoak cleared those bases with a powerful double, he demonstrated why the new-look Seattle Mariners are a whole lot more than their new $240 million man.

Brad Miller hit two home runs, Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Mariners beat Los Angeles 8-3 on Tuesday night for their second win of the season.

Abraham Almonte and Dustin Ackley also had RBI doubles as the Mariners followed up their 10-3 victory on Opening Day with another surprising offensive barrage. They only needed a supporting role from Cano, who went 1 for 3 with two walks.

"No doubt. Why wouldn't you?" Smoak said of the Angels' strategy in pitching around Cano. "There's a reason why you do it, but we're all going to have to get big hits with guys on base this season."

So far, it's happening all the time: The Mariners scored 16 runs in their first 15 innings of the year while beating Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, their AL West rivals' two best starters.

Miller provided an unexpected power burst with a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run shot in the ninth, while Smoak has six RBI in the Mariners' first two games.

"We just wanted to show them we've got some hitters," said Miller, who has four multihomer games -- but only 10 total home runs -- in his career. "We've got some depth. Starting on the road against two pretty good pitchers and a good lineup, getting two wins like that is a pretty great way to start a season."

Ramirez (1-0) backed up his solid spring training with impressive work against the Angels' star-studded lineup, striking out six without walking a batter. He retired 11 straight after squelching the Angels' rally in the fourth inning.

Wilson (0-1) labored into the sixth inning for the Angels, who are off to their first 0-2 start since 2001.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Josh Hamilton had two hits for the Angels, who spent the entire spring determined to avoid yet another slow start, a prime reason for Los Angeles' four-year postseason absence.

"There's a lot of things we need to do better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're a better team than showed up the last couple of games. We're getting some guys on base, and our situational hitting was great all spring. We just have to do a little bit better job of it."

Los Angeles went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, dropping to 1 for 13 in the young season.

Wilson, who had a career-best 17 victories last season for the Angels, needed 95 pitches to get through the first five innings against Seattle. He gave up eight hits and had eight strikeouts, including the 1,000th of his career.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our offense," Wilson said. "That's the mentality you have to have with the guys we have. If you don't score and you give up a run early, everybody seems to press a little bit. If you're not winning, you're not having a good time."

Ibanez has struck out five times already this season, but he trimmed his former team's lead with his first homer for the Angels in the fourth.

Ackley chased Wilson on his 114th pitch, drilling a double off the right-field wall in the sixth.

Albert Pujols doubled in the eighth and scored on Cano's two-out throwing error, but Joe Beimel relieved Tom Wilhelmsen and picked David Freese off first base, ending the inning before throwing a pitch.

Freese got his first hit for the Angels in the second inning, but is off to a 1-for-8 start.

Mike Trout went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch on his bobblehead night.

Seattle closer Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth in the former Angels reliever's first appearance for his new team.

Notes

Seattle OF Stefen Romero went 0 for 4 in his major-league debut. ... Angels relievers Dane De La Rosa and Sean Burnett will throw a simulated game in Anaheim on Wednesday before deciding the next step in their recovery from injuries. ... In only his fifth season as a starting pitcher, Wilson fanned Kyle Seager for his 1,000th career strikeout. The former Texas reliever is the 41st active player to reach the milestone. ... Mariners DH Corey Hart got his first hit for his new club, an infield single in the sixth.

 
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Brad Miller goes yard twice and the Mariners start the season 2-0 against their AL West rivals.  (USATSI)
Brad Miller goes yard twice and the Mariners start the season 2-0 against their AL West rivals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

B. Miller
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Los Angeles

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF5111021 .300
Brad Miller, SS5223022 .300
Robinson Cano, 2B3110210 .429
Justin Smoak, 1B4023012 .500
Corey Hart, DH4110012 .250
Kyle Seager, 3B4000031 .143
Stefen Romero, RF4000011 .000
   Michael Saunders, RF0000000 .000
Dustin Ackley, LF3221100 .571
John Buck, C4110012 .250
Erasmo Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals368108312  
Batting
2B - Abraham Almonte (2, Wilson), Justin Smoak (2, Wilson), Dustin Ackley (1, Wilson)
HR - Brad Miller 2 (2, Wilson)
RBI - Abraham Almonte (2), Brad Miller 3 (3), Justin Smoak 3 (6), Dustin Ackley (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Miller 3 (3), Justin Smoak 3 (6), Dustin Ackley (4)
SB - Dustin Ackley (1, 2nd base off Kohn/Conger)
CS - Justin Smoak (1, 2nd base by Wilson/Conger)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Seager-Smoak, Seager-Smoak-Cano-Miller-Smoak
E - Robinson Cano (1, Throwing), Brad Miller (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erasmo Ramirez (W,1-0) 7622061 2.57
Tom Wilhelmsen 0.2110110 0.00
Joe Beimel (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Fernando Rodney 1100010 0.00
HBP - Trout (by Erasmo Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Erasmo Ramirez 93-62, Tom Wilhelmsen 18-8, Fernando Rodney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 11-4, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 28, Tom Wilhelmsen 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF4000023 .125
Mike Trout, CF3000010 .286
Albert Pujols, 1B4110012 .250
Josh Hamilton, LF3120100 .500
David Freese, 3B4010001 .125
Raul Ibanez, DH4122022 .250
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000012 .000
Hank Conger, C4020001 .500
Erick Aybar, SS3000013 .143
C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Matt Shoemaker, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
Totals3338218  
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (2, Wilhelmsen), Josh Hamilton (1, Ramirez)
HR - Raul Ibanez (1, Ramirez)
RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (2)
PK - David Freese (1, Beimel)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (L,0-1) 5.2866281 9.53
Matt Shoemaker 2.1100020 0.00
Michael Kohn 1122121 9.00
IBB - Cano by C.J. Wilson
WP - C.J. Wilson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 114-68, Matt Shoemaker 37-21, Michael Kohn 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 2-6, Matt Shoemaker 3-2, Michael Kohn 1-0
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 26, Matt Shoemaker 8, Michael Kohn 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43567
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Joe West