Mariners Win Rare Series From Angels

Sexson homers and Silva pitches eight solid innings in victory
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 5:49 AM CDT
Seattle Mariners' right fielder Brad Wilkerson attemps to catch a homerun ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Casey Kotchman as it hits a fan's arm in the fourth inning of MLB action in Seattle.    (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
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(Newser) – 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.