Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 4/6)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 6
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Seattle5
Game 2: Wednesday, April 7
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Game 3: Thursday, April 8
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Angels 10

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Mariners 5

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    5:05 PM ET, April 6, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    ANA 010104040 10 12 1
    SEA 010000040 5 7 1

    W: B. Colon (1-0)

    L: J. Moyer (0-1)

    Colon allows one unearned run in Anaheim debut

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Bartolo Colon had relatives in the stands as he got off to a great start with his new baseball family.

    Colon worked a strong changeup off his overpowering fastball to win his Anaheim debut and Troy Glaus homered twice, leading the Angels to a 10-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners in their season opener Tuesday.

    "It was very emotional because my family was here," Colon said through an interpreter. "My parents have seen me throw Opening Day but not my brothers. I also have a very special sister who came from the Dominican Republic."

    Colon held Seattle to an unearned run and five hits in six innings. He struck out five and allowed just one baserunner after the second inning.

    "I wanted to have a good outing for the team but also for my family. They hadn't seen me pitch on Opening Day," he said.

    Vladimir Guerrero, also playing his first game with Anaheim, hit a two-run double off the center-field wall to put the Angels ahead 10-1 in the eighth. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

    "I think we can swing the bat," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "We have a deep lineup. More importantly, we have to keep that aggressive style of baserunning. We had a little bit of everything today."

    The new-look Angels roughed up 21-game winner Jamie Moyer, who was knocked out in the sixth inning.

    "I thought I had pretty good command," Moyer said. "I felt I had pretty good control today. They gave me a lot of good at-bats."

    Guerrero and Colon signed last winter with the Angels, who hope their heralded free-agent pickups carry them back to the playoffs, maybe even to a World Series title like the one in 2002.

    "It's a tremendous team, but we have 161 games to go," Colon said. "I don't want to talk too much about the future or projections. All I know is I feel very comfortable with the guys surrounding me."

    Colon didn't issue any walks despite facing a full count eight times.

    "Bartolo gets stronger as it goes along, no doubt about it," Scioscia said. "He was everything I think we'd seen the latter part of spring. His velocity was great."

    Anaheim's powerful lineup finished with 12 hits, with Jose Molina hitting a solo home run in the second and Adam Kennedy an RBI single in the sixth.

    Glaus sent a 3-0 pitch from Moyer an estimated 414 feet to straightaway center in the fourth, a solo shot that put Anaheim ahead for good at 2-1. It was his first career homer at Safeco Field.

    "This is not a great hitter's park, but those two balls were crushed," Scioscia said. "That's a good sign for him to get out of the gate well. It will be important for us."

    The next time Glaus stepped up, Guerrero had walked and Garret Anderson had singled. Glaus drove an 0-1 pitch 421 feet to nearly the same spot as his first home run for a three-run shot.

    "He beat me with my best," said Moyer, who allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. "Nothing you can do but tip your cap to him."

    It was Glaus' 17th career multihomer game.

    "I was just trying to get something in the gap to score some runs," Glaus said.

    The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth by loading the bases with two outs against Scot Shields, who walked Edgar Martinez. Rich Aurilia added a two-run double off Kevin Gregg.

    Game notes


    Seattle LHP Ron Villone, who relieved in the eighth, pitched in his 38th ballpark. He had appeared in every current park except Safeco Field. ... The sellout crowd of 46,142 was the fourth-largest at Safeco Field. In the stands was new Angels owner Arte Moreno. ... Former Mariners closer Norm Charlton threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Molina's last homer came in 2001, but he has played only 108 games. ... Anaheim broke a streak of losing four straight season openers, the longest skid in club history.

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