Angels' 11-2 victory over Mariners is a walk in the park
The Angels took advantage of 10 walks by Seattle pitchers, and Ervin Santana gave up one run in six innings for his fifth consecutive win as the Angels blew out the Mariners, 11-2, at Safeco Field on Saturday for their seventh win in eight games.
With the score tied, 1-1, the Angels broke out for six runs in the sixth inning. Torii Hunter sparked the rally with a leadoff double, Mike Napoli's broken-bat bloop single scored Hunter with the go-ahead run, and Maicer Izturis had a two-run single in the inning.
But the Angels had plenty of help from reliever Shawn Kelley, who walked four in the inning, including Hunter and Hideki Matsui with the bases loaded to force in two runs.
The Angels then pounded reliever Sean White for four runs in the seventh, which featured Howie Kendrick's two-run single and Hunter's two-run double, an opposite-field flare down the right-field line.
Santana, who has not lost since a May 9 game against Seattle, gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked three to improve to 6-3. His five-game win streak is his longest since he opened the 2008 season 6-0.
The Angels also improved to 6-0 under bench coach Ron Roenicke, who served as manager in place of Mike Scioscia, who returned to Southern California to attend his daughter's high school graduation. The Angels also pushed their record (30-28) to two games over .500 for the first time this season.
-- Mike DiGiovanna, reporting from Seattle
Photo: Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana works against the Mariners on Saturday in Seattle. Credit: Dan Levine / EPA