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Angels' Lackey struggles but beats Mariners 10-6

May 19, 2009 - 6:20 AM By GREGG BELL AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE(AP) -- As if he hadn't heard enough ribbing about getting ejected in his season debut after just two pitches, John Lackey heard more. This time, in the visitor's bullpen before his second start in three days.

"Yeah, I heard plenty about that warming up. I'll throw a guy a ball if I hear a good one," Lackey said. "I've hooked up guys in New York who had good ones."

Lackey's real season debut for the Angels was about like the barbs of Seattle's fans: not great.

But Torii Hunter hit a three-run double in a five-run fifth inning and Kendry Morales homered twice, rallying Lackey and Los Angeles to a 10-6 victory over the Mariners on Monday night.

The Angels' ace returned from a strained forearm Saturday for his season debut only to get ejected at Texas for throwing behind and then hitting Ian Kinsler. This time, Lackey slogged through five innings and allowed five runs, four earned.

"For his first time out, his fastball looked good. Maybe his command wasn't crisp as it will be," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, dismissing the Texas fiasco as a non-debut. "Hopefully, this is a good stepping stone for him.

"It's nice to have a lead dog (again)."

Now, Lackey will wait to see if the commissioner's office will bite back with a suspension, though he doesn't expect it to. He does expect a fine that usually comes with an ejection.

"I'd tell you if did something on purpose. I didn't," Lackey said.

"Yeah, it was definitely a different week. It will be nice to have a regular work week and pitch again in five days."

As his infinity ERA - from allowing one earned run without recording an out Saturday - plummeted to 9.00, his workload spiked sharply, by 80 pitches. Noticeably few of them were inside, let alone near any hitters.

There was not even a dirty look from Seattle's batters. They've had their own problems while losing 11 of 14.

"If you'd told me we would get 10 hits and six runs, we'd win this game," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of the rare offensive outburst that was wasted.

Searching for a spark, Seattle benched slumping cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre for the first time this season. His replacement, young Wladimir Balentien, hit a sacrifice fly in the first and later doubled.

Russell Branyan hit his 10th homer, second in two days, off Lackey to begin the fourth.

But Los Angeles banged around former teammate Jarrod Washburn, Brandon Morrow and Denny Stark to tie a season high for runs, giving Lackey (1-0) his first win since Sept. 21 and ending the Angels' three-game skid.

Juan Rivera began the game-breaking rally in the fifth by homering over his team's bullpen far beyond left field. Erick Aybar then chopped an RBI infield single to trim Seattle's lead to 4-3.

After Washburn (3-3) walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases, Hunter cleared them by hacking a high fastball to the opposite-field gap, away from lunging right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Morales hit his seventh homer in the sixth, a two-run shot to straightaway center off Morrow after Seattle closed to within a run. Morrow allowed four hits and two runs in two innings, his first appearance since being demoted from closer Friday.

Morales added a solo shot in the eighth off Stark for his first multihomer game.

Ken Griffey Jr. singled home Suzuki to make it 6-5 in the fifth. It was Griffey's eighth RBI in 27 games and only the 13th RBI by a Mariners No. 3 hitter in 39 games this season.

An angry Lackey stomped off the mound after the inning, mad Griffey had beaten an infield shift. He allowed seven hits and struck out three.

Washburn blew leads of 3-0 and 4-1. He allowed seven hits and six runs in five innings.

It was the second time this season Washburn gave up a season-high six runs to his former teammates, with whom he won a World Series title in 2002.

Note: Scioscia said the Angels might get slugger Vladimir Guerrero back May 25. The eight-time All-Star has been out since April 15 because of a torn pectoral muscle. Guerrero, who launched monster homers in batting practice Monday, is scheduled to begin a short, minor league rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday or Friday. ... Suzuki's two infield singles extended his hitting streak to 12 games.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 1 10 15 1
    SEATTLE 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - JOHN LACKEY, DARREN OLIVER (6TH), JOSE ARREDONDO (8TH), JUSTIN
    SPEIER (9TH) AND MIKE NAPOLI
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN, BRANDON MORROW (6TH), DENNY
    STARK (8TH) AN

    May 19 1:14 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED GARY MATTHEWS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, K MORALES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 10
    SEATTLE 6 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.279, 2-FOR-4, BB, RBI)

    Angels 10, Mariners 6  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 19 1:06 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KENDRY MORALES (8) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF DENNY STARK.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 9, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.232, 1-FOR-3)

    Angels 9, Mariners 6  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 19 12:31 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED RUSSELL BRANYAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    SEATTLE 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.262, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Angels 8, Mariners 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 19 12:08 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KENDRY MORALES (7) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF BRANDON MORROW SCORED JUAN RIVERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8, SEATTLE 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.234, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 8, Mariners 5  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 18 11:53 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEN GRIFFEY JR. SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K GRIFFEY JR. ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: W BALENTIEN (.282, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Angels 6, Mariners 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:43 PM
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    Angels 6, Mariners 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:33 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED HOWIE KENDRICK, ERICK AYBAR
    AND BOBBY ABREU.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.327, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 6, Mariners 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:32 PM
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    Angels 3, Mariners 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:28 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED KENDRY MORALES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E AYBAR ON FIRST, H KENDRICK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: B ABREU (.289, 0-FOR-2)

    Angels 3, Mariners 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:28 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUAN RIVERA (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JARROD WASHBURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 2, Mariners 4  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 18 11:21 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (10) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF JOHN LACKEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.262, 1-FOR-1)

    Angels 1, Mariners 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 18 11:19 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHONE FIGGINS SCORED JUAN RIVERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FIGGINS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1
    SEATTLE 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.300, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 1, Mariners 3  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 18 10:54 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MIKE NAPOLI ALLOWED KENJI JOHJIMA AND FRANKLIN
    GUTIERREZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CEDENO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.319, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 0, Mariners 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 18 10:42 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY WLADIMIR BALENTIEN SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K GRIFFEY JR. ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R BRANYAN (.300, 9 HR, 19 RBI)

    Angels 0, Mariners 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 18 10:24 PM