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Young, Cano lead Mariners past Angels

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SEATTLE -- Chris Young and Robinson Cano arrived in Seattle with fanfare at opposite ends of the spectrum. Seattle couldn't celebrate the arrival of Cano enough. Young was a last-second addition plucked at the end of spring training.

Each has proven invaluable in keeping Seattle at .500 at the 50-game mark of the season.

Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Cano had three hits and two RBI to raise his average to .332, and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Monday.

While the production from Cano was expected after he signed a $240 million contract to join the Mariners, what Young has contributed is a surprise, especially with Seattle down two expected starters in the rotation.

"I was trying to find the adjectives to describe this guy today, but what a godsend he's been for this rotation," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's been tremendous. In and out, up and down, he never wavers and knows what he wants to do."

Young (4-2) kept the Angels without a hit until Kole Calhoun's single with one out in the sixth inning. An inning later, Pujols hit his 506th career home run, pulling within three of Gary Sheffield for 24th on baseball's all-time home run list.

Young lasted only two more batters after Pujols' homer, getting pulled after issuing a walk to Raul Ibanez. He struck out five and walked three.

But Young's strong pitching at Safeco Field continued. In four starts at home this season, Young is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA.

It was a solid rebound for Young, who got knocked around in losing his previous two starts. He gave up 10 hits and five runs in losing to Minnesota and allowed four runs and seven hits in a loss to Texas last week.

In Young's last seven starts for Seattle, the Mariners are 5-2. It's an impressive turnaround considering Young spent all of last season out of the majors after shoulder surgery.

"When you're out there competing, you expect to win. I wouldn't take the ball if I didn't expect to go out and compete and win," Young said. "To say it's surprising, after all the hard work and time rehabbing I put in I would say no."

After McClendon lamented Seattle's production following losses over the weekend to Houston, the Mariners responded with five runs in the first two innings off Tyler Skaggs (4-2). Seattle scored three unearned runs with two outs in the second.

The top three hitters in Seattle's order did the damage against Skaggs. James Jones scored twice, and Michael Saunders tripled, singled and scored two runs.

Cano singled in each of his first three at-bats a day after his streak of reaching base ended at 31 games.

"That's just part of the game sometimes where you take advantage of a pitch over the plate," Cano said. "Sometimes there are games where they throw you that same pitch and you foul it off. ... We took advantage and that's what we want. Those are the little things you want to do."

Skaggs wasn't helped by his defense in the second inning when shortstop Erick Aybar couldn't handle Jones' one-hopper with two outs. The miscue allowed Dustin Ackley to score and opened the door for two more runs on Saunders' triple and Cano's infield single.

Despite the early trouble, Skaggs threw seven innings and struck out eight.

"Tyler understood keeping us in the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made pitches, got on a great streak and pitched seven innings. But the damage was done early."


Angels dropped to 1-5 vs. Seattle this season. ... Seattle LHP James Paxton (back) said he was not sure when his next throwing session would be after making his first rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. ... Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Wednesday at Tacoma.

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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

R. Cano
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000012 .303
Mike Trout, CF4010011 .279
Albert Pujols, 1B4111011 .267
David Freese, 3B3000100 .211
Raul Ibanez, LF2000121 .156
Erick Aybar, SS3000002 .265
C.J. Cron, DH3000001 .286
Hank Conger, C2000010 .290
   a-Chris Iannetta, PH-C1000000 .245
Kole Calhoun, RF2010100 .213
Tyler Skaggs, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Conger in the 8th
HR - Albert Pujols (14, C. Young)
RBI - Albert Pujols (31)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols
E - Erick Aybar (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Tyler Skaggs (L,4-2) 7752280 3.97
Michael Kohn 1000210 2.01
IBB - Seager by Michael Kohn
WP - Michael Kohn (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 98-65, Michael Kohn 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 7-6
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 30, Michael Kohn 4
Seattle Mariners
James Jones, CF4210010 .286
Michael Saunders, RF3221110 .274
Robinson Cano, 2B4032001 .332
Justin Smoak, 1B2001201 .227
Mike Zunino, C4000034 .237
Kyle Seager, 3B3000111 .246
Stefen Romero, DH4000021 .194
Dustin Ackley, LF3110000 .253
Nick Franklin, SS3000011 .138
Chris Young, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
3B - Michael Saunders (3, Skaggs)
RBI - Michael Saunders (17), Robinson Cano 2 (30), Justin Smoak (28)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Saunders (4), Robinson Cano (6)
SB - James Jones (4, 2nd base off Skaggs/Conger), Robinson Cano (4, 2nd base off Skaggs/Conger), Dustin Ackley (2, 2nd base off Skaggs/Conger)
PK - Kyle Seager (1, Kohn)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Smoak, Smoak-Franklin-Cano-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
Chris Young (W,4-2) 6.1211351 3.30
Charlie Furbush 0.2000000 5.02
Danny Farquhar 1000010 2.59
Fernando Rodney 1100000 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 98-59, Charlie Furbush 7-4, Danny Farquhar 12-7, Fernando Rodney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-10, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 23, Charlie Furbush 2, Danny Farquhar 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22710
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna