for this game

Branyan powers Mariners to win over Angels

Apr 25, 2009 - 6:34 AM ANAHEIM, California (AP) -- Russell Branyan didn't hold anything back in his return to the lineup after missing five games with lower back spasms.

Branyan homered in the second inning, then beat the throw back to the plate from Mike Napoli after Rich Thompson's wild pitch during a six-run fifth that carried the Seattle Mariners to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

"That that was the last thing to come -- running at full speed," Branyan said. "I don't know why. You'd think that swinging the bat puts more stress on your back than running. But I went out early today and ran at probably 50-60 percent. When I was running the bases, I didn't even think about it and felt fine all night. When I took off for the plate, I didn't even think about my back."

Branyan also hit an RBI double in the sixth for Seattle's final run. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and scored twice.

"I was ready to go yesterday, but Skip just wanted to give me one more day just to be sure," Branyan said. "I had some jitters tonight. The only thing I was focused on was just making sure I had good rhythm, making sure that my timing was on and that I wasn't late behind the ball. When I get a little bit late, that's when I rush myself and I put a little more stress on my back. Right now, I think I'm out of the woods."

Erik Bedard (2-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for Seattle. The left-hander's ERA after four starts is 2.08.

"We got beat by a good pitcher tonight," Torii Hunter said. "We've been hitting pretty well -- until we faced Bedard. His curveball was A-1. He had that curveball really working today."

Shane Loux (0-2) failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced in the fifth and was pulled after 84 pitches with the Angels trailing 5-0. Adrian Beltre hit a two-run double, Jose Lopez drove in another run with a chopper off the plate that third baseman Chone Figgins had no play on, and Rob Johnson followed with a bloop RBI single.

Thompson came in to face Franklin Gutierrez and bounced a pitch past Napoli, whose return throw to the plate would have been in time to retire the sliding Branyan had Thompson simply turned his head to his right -- instead of holding the ball and staring back at Napoli.

"He was telling us his closing speed to home plate tonight was ... you can't measure that on any field. He was talking about that for 5-10 minutes," teammate Ken Griffey Jr. said with a grin.

Yuniesky Betancourt capped the rally with a sacrifice fly for a 7-0 lead.

"We've been fortunate enough to play some decent baseball, and hopefully we'll continue it," Griffey said. "We've had some great outings by our starting pitchers, so that helps."

After getting 39 baserunners into scoring position and totaling 24 runs in their three-game series against Detroit, the Angels got only one runner as far as second base against Bedard over the first four innings. But they pushed across three runs in the fifth.

Napoli drove an 0-2 pitch into the top tier of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his third homer, the first off Bedard in four starts this season. Howie Kendrick singled and came all the way home on a single by Robb Quinlan, as the throw to third from left fielder Endy Chavez bounced past Beltre and into the stands.

Loux, making his third start of the campaign, was charged with seven runs, 11 hits and three walks.

Notes: RHP Anthony Ortega will make his major league debut Saturday night, becoming the eighth pitcher to start for the Angels already this season -- one more than all of last year. Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room on the roster. ... Napoli's homer was the first allowed by a Mariners pitcher since April 15, when Hunter hit a two-run shot off LHP Jarrod Washburn. Seattle's streak of seven consecutive games without a home run allowed was two shy of the franchise record, set during the strike season of 1981. ... The Mariners have won the opener in each of their first six series.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 8 17 1
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - ERIK BEDARD, SHAWN KELLEY (7TH) AND ROB JOHNSON
    LAA - SHANE LOUX, RICH THOMPSON (5TH), DANIEL DAVIDSON
    (5TH), SCOT SHIELDS (6TH), RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ (7TH) AND M

    Apr 25 1:06 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RUSSELL BRANYAN SCORED ENDY CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRANYAN ON SECOND, A BELTRE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 8
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.222, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Mariners 8, Angels 3  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 25 12:04 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED ROBB QUINLAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.237, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 7, Angels 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:56 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ENDY CHAVEZ ALLOWED HOWIE KENDRICK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R QUINLAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.275, 1-FOR-1)

    Mariners 7, Angels 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:52 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE NAPOLI (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF ERIK BEDARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7, LA ANGELS 1
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.196, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 7, Angels 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:48 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, R JOHNSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.306, 1-FOR-3)

    Mariners 7, Angels 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:39 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY RICH THOMPSON ALLOWED RUSSELL BRANYAN TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, J LOPEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: F GUTIERREZ (.188, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Mariners 6, Angels 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:35 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROB JOHNSON SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, J LOPEZ ON SECOND, R
    BRANYAN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 5
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: F GUTIERREZ (.188, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Mariners 5, Angels 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:32 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR..
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, R BRANYAN ON SECOND, A
    BELTRE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R JOHNSON (.267, 1-FOR-2)

    Mariners 4, Angels 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:29 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI AND ENDY
    CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BELTRE ON SECOND, K GRIFFEY JR. ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R BRANYAN (.294, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, RBI)

    Mariners 3, Angels 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:26 PM
  • 5
    roots
    Yankee82 Added 5 roots

    Mariners 1, Angels 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 24 10:55 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF SHANE LOUX.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, LA ANGELS 0
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.196, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Angels 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 24 10:35 PM