Batista, Sexson Lead Mariners Over Angels

Seattle salvages win 4-2, after losing first two in weekend series
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 10:27 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game today in Anaheim, Calif.    (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(Newser) – Miguel Batista scattered eight hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners held off the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The Angels scored twice in the ninth before Ryan Rowland-Smith struck out Garret Anderson on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

Batista (2-2) struck out eight and walked one and did not allow a runner past second base, while six of the hits he gave up came with two out. Dustin Moseley (1-2) allowed four runs, eight hits and two walks over 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander, making his fourth start with John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar on the disabled list, has a 7.79 ERA.