Saunders, Angels Beat Mariners 10-5

LA puts up 16 hits against Bedard-less Seattle
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 9:07 PM CDT
Los Angeles Angels' Maicer Izturis, right, checks the home plate umpire after scoring past the attempted tag of Seattle Mariners' Jamie Burke in the seventh inning in Seattle, Sunday, April 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)
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(Newser) – Jeff Mathis hit a two-run homer to lead a 16-hit attack, and Joe Saunders had another strong start to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 10-5 on Sunday, avoiding a series sweep. Saunders (2-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings in his third straight solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout.

The Mariners scratched starting pitcher Erik Bedard before the game because of inflammation in his right hip. The Mariners expect to find out in a throwing session Monday whether Bedard can return to the mound next week. Mathis, Howie Kendrick and Casey Kotchman had three hits apiece for the Angels, though Kendrick left the game with a strained left hamstring.