Two weeks into their promising season, the Seattle Mariners have done something they did only once last year: win a series against the dreaded Los Angeles Angels. Richie Sexson hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run, Carlos Silva worked eight effective innings and the Mariners again beat their AL West nemesis 8-3 last night. Raul Ibanez homered for the second consecutive night for Seattle.
Silva (2-0) gave up 11 hits, his most allowed since Aug. 27, 2006, when he was with Minnesota. But, thanks largely to three double-play grounders by Gary Matthews Jr., Silva allowed only three runs to continue his impressive debut with Seattle since signing a $48 million contract. He walked one and threw 98 pitches before Sean Green finished the ninth.