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Beltre homers twice as Mariners blast Angels

May 29, 2007 - 5:12 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- It didn't matter to Adrian Beltre that the odds were against the Seattle Mariners.

Beltre's 15th career multiple-home run game highlighted the Mariners' decisive, 12-5, victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday.

Richie Sexson and Jose Guillen also homered for the Mariners, who beat the Angels for just the fourth time in their last 17 meetings. In addition to their recent dominance against the Mariners, the Angels came into the game having won 14 of 18 and boasting a 17-6 record here at Angel Stadium.

"We just wanted to come in here and let the Angels know that we are not going anywhere in the division," said Sexson, referring to the fact that the Mariners are 3 1/2 games behind the Angels in the American League West.

Beltre went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs. His first blast was a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Bartolo Colon (5-2) that broke a 4-4 tie and began a run of eight unanswered tallies by Seattle.

Sexson hit a three-run blast off reliever Hector Carrasco in a six-run seventh inning to give the Mariners a commanding 11-4 lead. Two batters later, Beltre slammed Carrasco's 2-0 offering over the left-center field wall for his ninth home run of the season and 200th of his career.

"That inning for us really broke the game open and it was big because the way the game was going it was going to be a battle until the end," Beltre said. "It was a really good day for me, but even better especially since we won."

Sexson finished with three hits and the home run was his second in the last three games.

"I think that was one of my best at-bats all year long," said Sexson, who hit his seventh home run of the season on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. "I just kept fouling off pitches and I finally got good wood on one and hit it hard."

Miguel Batista (5-4) benefited from the Mariners hot bats, picking up the win after allowing four runs, nine hits and four walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. Jon Huber held the Angels to one run in three innings of relief.

"Somehow I kept myself from some very big innings," Batista said. "It seemed like I was against the ropes in every inning but I managed to make some key pitches and get out of them."

Over their last 12 games, the Mariners are batting .328 (147-for-448) and have scored 74 runs, including 50 over their last last five games.

"You hear that hitting is contagious and right now it seems like it's true," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "We got a good ball club and sooner or later people will see that."

In two previous starts against the Mariners this season, Colon was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA. It was a different story on Monday as he allowed a season-high nine runs - eight earned - and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Colon, who lost for the second time in as many starts, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

"I just didn't have good command of my pitches tonight," Colon said through an interpreter. "I left the ball up in the zone and they hit me hard."

The Mariners, who have won four in a row and six of seven, broke on top in the first inning on Guillen's solo home run.

"We just have been doing a good job putting pressure on the other teams lately with the way we have been swinging the bats," Guillen said.

After falling behind 2-1, Seattle took a 4-2 lead in the second on a two-run double by Jose Lopez and an RBI-single by Yuniesky Betancourt.

Casey Kotchman and Vladimir Guerrero - who had three hits - drove in runs to knot the game through four innings, but the Angels never reclaimed the lead.

"We are playing good baseball right now but the Mariners are playing even hotter baseball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I mean we got 14 hits tonight and usually when we get that many hits in a game we win."

Anaheim rookie Nathan Haynes collected his first major-league hit in the ninth, where the Angels posted one run.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki had a single in the game to extend his hitting-streak to 21 games. The pesky leadoff hitter is batting .419 (39-for-93) with two home runs and 20 runs over that span. He is two away from matching his career-best hitting streak of 23 games, set in 2001.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 1 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 12 15 1
    LA ANGELS 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 14 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA, JON HUBER (6TH), JASON DAVIS (9TH) AND KENJI
    JOHJIMA
    LAA - BARTOLO COLON, HECTOR CARRASCO (7TH), CHRIS
    BOOTCHECK (8TH) AND MIKE NAPOLI

    HOME

    May 29 12:01 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY KENDRY MORALES SCORED NATHAN HAYNES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MORALES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 12
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R QUINLAN (.255, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 11:55 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (9) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF HECTOR CARRASCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 12, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.288, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 11:12 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (7) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF HECTOR CARRASCO SCORED JOSE VIDRO AND RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 11, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.317, 0-FOR-3)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 11:11 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, J VIDRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 8
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.194, 2-FOR-3)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 11:08 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VIDRO ON FIRST, I SUZUKI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.285, 1-FOR-3)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 11:05 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (8) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BARTOLO COLON SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6, LA ANGELS 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.289, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 10:42 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED REGGIE WILLITS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS JR (.294, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 10:23 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED VLADIMIR
    GUERRERO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, G MATTHEWS JR ON
    THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.303, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 10:03 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE AND YUNIESKY
    BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    LA ANGELS 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.337, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 9:41 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON FIRST, A BELTRE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2
    LA ANGELS 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.265, 6 HR, 22 RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 9:38 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, G MATTHEWS JR ON
    THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.257, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 9:29 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G MATTHEWS JR ON FIRST, V GUERRERO ON
    SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C KOTCHMAN (.303, 4 HR, 24 RBI)

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 9:24 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 1 1 2 0
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA
    LAA - BARTOLO COLON

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R WILLITS (.328, 0 HR, 8 RBI)
    O CABRERA (.305, 3 HR, 26 RBI)
    V GUERRERO (.335, 10 HR, 40

    Mariners vs. AngelsMay 28 9:14 PM