ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Back at the stadium he called home for
eight years, Jarrod Washburn pitched like he traditionally has on
The Seattle left-hander beat his former Angels teammates for the
second time this year, holding them to one run in his six innings
Friday night in the Mariners' 4-1 victory.
"I didn't know what to expect coming into this place because
I'd never pitched well here," said Washburn, who had a 28-33 home
record for the Angels from 1998-2005.
Washburn (4-7) added, "I haven't been winning too much this
season, so they all feel good."
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Washburn scattered six hits, walked one and struck out four.
The Angels let Washburn, who posted a 47-24 road record with
them, go as a free agent after last season. He signed a four-year,
$37.5-million contract with Seattle in December.
"I wanted to stay here, that didn't happen, and I'm happy with
where I am now," he said.
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove was pleased the Mariners signed
"We felt like Jarrod was one of the prize free agents last year
and we felt very fortunate to be able to land him," Hargrove said.
"And he hasn't been a disappointment.
"His record is not what he or we would hope, but he's pitched
every game awfully well except his last start, when he scuffled. We
should have and could have won a lot more of the games he pitched
Washburn had given up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-4 loss
to Kansas City last Sunday, his shortest outing of the season.
The victory was his first away from home for the Mariners and
ended his 0-for-5 streak on the road dating back to last year with
Noting the string of losses, Washburn said: "That's pretty
strange for me, considering my past and the fact that I've really
done well on the road and not pitched well at home. It's pretty
ironic that the first road win of the year came here."
Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia: "We made him work for it.
When he needed to make pitches, he elevated his game like he can,
and we couldn't get a key hit off him."
Kelvim Escobar (5-7) lost his fifth start in a row, again
getting little offensive support. Two of Seattle's four runs off
him were unearned, scoring after Vladimir Guerrero let a grounder
roll past him in right field for an error in the fourth inning.
Escobar was charged with four runs on seven hits in eight
innings. He walked three and struck out four.
"It's tough. I've been throwing the ball well and the record is
not there," Escobar said. "But if I keep throwing the way I have,
everything will be OK. I don't blame the guys. They're trying
Los Angeles' lone run off Washburn came on Guerrero's
run-scoring double in the fifth inning.
Ibanez gave Seattle a three-run lead with his homer in the
Because of Guerrero's error -- and a wild pitch by Escobar -- the
Mariners scored twice in the fourth with the benefit of only one
hit. The Angels' right-hander walked Carl Everett to open the
inning, and, after Kenji Jochjima flied out, Jeremy Reed hit a
sharp single to right. Guerrero charged the ball but it bounced
under his glove and to the fence.
By the time he retrieved it, Everett had scored and Reed was on
third. Reed came home to make it 3-0 when Escobar threw wide of the
plate while pitching to Yuniesky Betancourt.
Jose Lopez's RBI single in the third inning scored Suzuki, who
had doubled and stolen third.
The victory was Seattle's seventh in nine games following a
six-game losing streak.
Washburn won his Mariners' debut against the Angels on April 5,
a 6-4 victory. He gave up two runs over seven innings but did not
get a decision in Seattle's 5-4, 13-inning win on May 13.
The Mariners have won nine of their last 11 games in
Anaheim. ... Los Angeles activated INF Maicer Izturis from the DL
and optioned INF Erick Aybar to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Los Angeles
RHP Bartolo Colon, working his way back from a shoulder injury,
will make one more minor league start next week and the Angels will
evaluate him to see if he's ready to rejoin the team.