Hunter keys 6-run 6th to lead Angels over M's 11-2
SEATTLE (AP) — Torii Hunter had three hits, three RBIs and keyed a decisive six-run sixth inning to lead the surging Los Angeles Angels to an 11-2 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
The Angels won for the ninth time in 11 games, and improved to 5-1 on a 14-game road trip — the team's longest trek in eight years.
Ervin Santana (6-3) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing one run and seven hits in six innings, and Los Angeles moved a season-high two games over .500.
The Mariners wore aqua-green jerseys while "turning back the clock" to their first playoff season of 1995. But it felt more like their dreadful days of 1970s and '80s.
Three Seattle relievers allowed 10 earned runs, seven hits and seven walks before they got their fifth out following fill-in starter Ryan Rowland-Smith's outing.
The Mariners have hit into five double plays, three by former Angel Chone Figgins, while losing the first two games of this series to fall 11 games under .500.
It was the 23rd time in 55 games Seattle scored two or fewer runs. The only other American League team that has scored so little so often is Baltimore — which just fired its manager.
Los Angeles broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth against relievers Garrett Olson, who was at Triple-A last week, and a wild Shawn Kelley, who may be heading to the minors soon.
Mike Napoli was 1 for his last 18 before he doubled in the fourth. He then singled home Hunter to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the sixth, after Hunter had greeted Olson (0-1) with a double.
Erick Aybar's groundout later in the inning against Kelly brought home Napoli. Maicer Izturis' two-run single made it 5-1.
Kelly then imploded, with 31,548 fans booing him off the field. Kelly hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch, then walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases. Then came two more walks for two more runs — to Hunter and Hideki Matsui.
Kelly departed after allowing three runs, one hit, four walks, and hitting a batter. He got just one out — then sat in the dugout with his head in his hands, looking down at his feet and squeezing his head.
Sean White allowed four more runs in 1 1-3 innings behind him.
Rowland-Smith, demoted from Seattle's rotation 2½ weeks ago, started in place of Doug Fister, who is out indefinitely because of shoulder fatigue. He slogged through 86 pitches in five innings, but allowed only four hits and a run.
Seattle briefly tied it at 1 in the fifth when Ichiro Suzuki doubled for his second hit. The Mariners had first and third and no outs after the Angels didn't field Figgins' bunt, but managed only an RBI groundout by Franklin Gutierrez.
The play made Suzuki the eighth-fastest active player — and third Mariner — to reach 1,000 career runs. The crowd stood and chanted "I-chi-ro!" until he emerged onto the top steps of the dugout to tip his cap.
NOTES: Seattle allowed a season high in runs and issued a season-worst 10 walks. ... Suzuki has a major league-best 28 multi-hit games. He slapped his league-leading 18th infield hit. ... Edgar Martinez scored 1,219 runs for Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr. retired Wednesday with 1,113 runs. ... The Angels are now 6-0 when bench coach Ron Roenicke serves as interim manager. Mike Scioscia flew home before the game to attend the high school graduation of his daughter. He will rejoin the team for Monday's game at Oakland.