The Associated Press
SEATTLE - Torii Hunter hit a three-run double in a five-run fifth inning and Kendry Morales homered twice, rallying John Lackey and the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Lackey won in his second start in three days. The Angels' ace returned from a strained forearm Saturday for his season debut only to get ejected after just two pitches at Texas for throwing behind and then hitting Ian Kinsler.
This time, Lackey slogged through five innings and allowed five runs, four earned. His workload spiked more sharply than his ERA, by 80 pitches. Noticeably few of them were inside, let alone near any hitters.
There was not even a dirty look from Seattle's batters. They've had their own problems while losing 11 of 14.
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Searching for a spark, the Mariners benched slumping cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre for the first time this season. His replacement, young Wladimir Balentien, hit a sacrifice fly in the first and later doubled.
Russell Branyan hit his 10th home run, second in two days, off Lackey to begin the fourth.
But Los Angeles banged around former teammate Jarrod Washburn, Brandon Morrow and Denny Stark to tie a season high for runs, giving Lackey (1-0) his first win since Sept. 21 and ending the Angels' three-game skid.
Juan Rivera began the game-breaking rally in the fifth by homering over his team's bullpen.