SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — Michael Saunders had three hits, Ichiro Suzuki homered and scored three times and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-6 on Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory.
Saunders went 19 for 39 (.487) during Seattle’s nine-game jaunt to Texas, Chicago and Anaheim, including five games with at least three hits. He had two homers and five RBIs while raising his batting average from .224 to .277.
“Michael had a great trip,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “And it didn’t just start on this trip — he’s had great at-bats all year. He’s giving himself every opportunity, he’s battling and putting himself in good position to hit.”
Saunders and Suzuki weren’t the only Mariners players to swing the bat well Wednesday; Kyle Seager drove in four runs on 2 hits and Dustin Ackley & Jesus Montero also had 2 hits on the night.
The Mariners are 17-20 away from home, having played the most road games of any team in the majors, and 9-13 at Safeco Field.
Shawn Kelley (1-2) won in relief of starter Hector Noesi, but it was reliever Stephen Pryor who got the big outs. Pryor stifled potential Angels rallies in the sixth and seventh innings with double-play balls.
Brandon League pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.