SEATTLE (AP) -- Ryan Franklin says he wasn't rusty -- it only
looked that way.
Franklin was roughed up in his return from a 10-day suspension
for using steroids, and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball through
eight innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle
Mariners 9-1 on Saturday.
"The story of the game was Bartolo," Los Angeles manager Mike
Scioscia said. "We did a lot of things offensively, but the way he
was locating his pitches and staying ahead in the count, he stayed
away from trouble."
It was a day of mixed emotions for Franklin (6-12), who has
maintained he doesn't know how he tested positive for steroids in
May. He was glad to rejoin the Mariners but disappointed he gave up
eight runs and tied a career high by allowing 12 hits.
"I felt sharp. I didn't miss any spots," the right-hander
insisted. "It could easily have been three hits instead of 12. I
know I gave up 12 hits, but 10 of them could have been outs."
Chone Figgins missed the cycle by a triple and Juan Rivera added
three RBI on three hits, including a solo homer in the seventh.
Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina each drove in two runs as the
Angels piled up 15 hits one day after opening the series with a
"The type of team we have, we like moving guys over and trying
to get them in," Figgins said.
Figgins set the tone when he doubled leading off the game
against Franklin, who lasted 4 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Jeff
Harris and sprinted off the field to a mix of cheers and boos.
"I'm out there to do my job, not to worry about what the fans
are thinking, if they're booing me or cheering me," Franklin said.
Franklin was polite during interviews but declined to discuss
the specifics of his case, including whether there would be an
appeal by the players' union. He said he no longer takes the
supplement that he believes might have caused the positive test.
"It's not something I ever want to go through again," Franklin
Other than that, he said the past several months have been tough
both on and off the field.
"I just want to pitch, just play baseball," Franklin said.
"I've moved on. I just want everyone else to move on, too."
Figgins added a solo homer off Franklin in the second, a single
in the fourth and scored three times.
Colon (15-6) won his third straight decision and his fourth in
five starts. He used his slider and an efficient fastball, logging
five strikeouts and one walk to keep the Mariners off balance.
"My two-seam fastball was the one that helped me most in
situations where I needed it," said Colon, who trails 16-game
winner Jon Garland of the White Sox for the AL lead in wins. "The
two-seamer was the key."
Ichiro Suzuki's solo homer in the sixth -- the ball flipped over
the webbing of Guerrero's glove and cleared the wall -- broke up the
Franklin went 3-1 during a stretch of five starts that ended
July 30, just before his suspension. He continued to do his off-day
work throughout the layoff and threw strikes Saturday but looked a
"Once he got past the second inning, he had better command of
his pitches," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "They didn't
hit a lot of balls hard off of him but they certainly found the
holes to hit them through, and they hit them in front of our
Franklin fell behind 2-0 when the Angels got five hits in the
first. Figgins doubled and scored on Guerrero's RBI single, and
Guerrero scored on an RBI single by Rivera. It was 3-0 in the
second after Figgins homered.
"I had a good sinker, but they know that," Franklin said.
"They've seen me so much and they were just trying to get under
the ball. It wasn't the fact of me being rusty at all. I wasn't."
Mariners DH Scott Spiezio, an Angels star during the team's
2002 World Series title run, went hitless in three at-bats. He's
0-for-29 in his eight starts this season. He has two hits in 43
at-bats, including 13 pinch-hit appearances. ... Seattle has lost
six straight home games to the Angels, who also won six straight at
Safeco Field from Sept. 14, 2003, to July 24 last season. ... The
Mariners didn't get a groundout until the seventh.