ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Emiliano Fruto was on his computer and
listening to music when the phone rang in the early hours Sunday.
It was the call every minor-leaguer waits for -- you're needed in
the big leagues.
After a sleepless night, Fruto arrived at Angel Stadium barely
15 minutes before gametime and tugged on his gray Seattle Mariners
uniform. He had a chance to catch his breath since Gil Meche was
Fruto bailed out a laboring Meche, pitching 3 2-3 innings for a
save in his major-league debut and beating the Los Angeles Angels
"I feel happy," Fruto said, alternating between English and
Spanish. "Every pitch, I focused."
"We're swinging at better pitches," Mariners manager Mike
Hargrove said. "The ball carried well here all three games. It's
nice to see our hitters get rewarded."
Meche (3-2) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings,
struck out five and walked three. The right-hander wouldn't have
stuck around that long if the Mariners had a fresh bullpen.
"It was a battle," he said. "It's one game I was sort of glad
to be out of. I was beat. It was an early game after a late game
last night. I was sweating my butt off in the bullpen before the
Fruto came on in the sixth after being recalled from Triple-A
Tacoma. He cleanly fielded a comebacker from Chone Figgins on his
third pitch and started an inning-ending double play.
"I was so friggin' pumped that Fruto got the double play,"
Hargrove was impressed, too.
"To double up Figgins is no easy feat," he said. "Fruto is a
All in a day's work insisted the newcomer, whose name and number
above his locker had been scribbled by hand.
"It was an easy ground ball, perfect for catching and throwing
to second base," Fruto said.
The Angels lost for the seventh time in eight home games and
fell into last place in the AL West behind another disastrous
outing by Jeff Weaver (1-6).
Los Angeles allowed nine homers to the Mariners in the series.
"That team has some guys who can hurt you, and we made enough
mistakes that they were able to take advantage of," manager Mike
Weaver gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3 2-3 innings -- his
second-shortest outing of the season -- struck out one and walked
none in losing his fourth straight.
"It's a matter of looking at the location of my pitches and
finding out a reason for why I'm missing those spots," Weaver
said. "More times than not, it's because I'm trying to overthrow
and trying to blow it by hitters. In my case, that's never been the
"Maybe I need to take a couple of steps back and stay within
myself, locate down in the zone and get those ground balls early in
the count that I've always been accustomed to."
Weaver has given up an AL-leading 12 homers this season.
"It's the two-run and three-run homers that are killing me
right now," he said. "I'm just trying to do too much in the zone,
and there's too many good hitters that are going to make you pay."
The Mariners led 4-0 on a pair of two-run homers by Ibanez and
Lopez, who connected on his first pitch from Weaver in the third.
The Angels rallied to tie the game in the bottom half. Vladimir
Guerrero's single scored their first run. Garret Anderson drove in
another run with a fielder's choice groundout before Adam Kennedy's
two-out, two-run homer that made it 4-4.
But the Mariners came right back with three runs in the fourth.
Everett sent the first pitch from Weaver over the wall in right
field, then Betancourt chased Weaver with his two-run shot. It was
Betancourt's second homer in as many games after having one in 327
major league at-bats before Saturday.
Seattle extended its lead to 9-4 in the seventh on a throwing
error by third baseman Figgins. Ichiro Suzuki walked and Lopez
singled to right field. Guerrero tried to get Suzuki at third as
Lopez took second on the throw. Figgins' throw back to second
struck Lopez and caromed into short center field, allowing both
runners to score.
Seattle's last four-homer game was May 11, 2005, in a 13-9
loss to the New York Yankees. ... The Mariners have taken two
series from the Angels so far. ... Anderson left the game in the
seventh because of tightness in his left hamstring. ... A roster
spot opened up for Fruto when LHP Bobby Livingston was optioned to
Tacoma. ... The Mariners improved to 13-6 when they homer. ...
Several players on both teams used special pink bats, which will be
auctioned to raise money for breast cancer. Kennedy, Everett and
Lopez all homered with the bats.