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King Felix shuts down Angels as Mariners sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Felix Hernandez had no doubt that with
the command he had on all his pitches, he would get his first
career complete game.

The 20-year-old right-hander threw 94 pitches en route to a
four-hitter, and the Seattle Mariners parlayed consecutive fielding
errors by Angels pitcher Jeff Weaver into three fifth-inning runs
to beat Los Angeles 6-2 on Sunday.

Hernandez (6-6) made just 29 pitches from the fourth inning
through the seventh. So by the time the ninth inning came around,
he was still 24 shy of his season high of 108.

"If I wasn't going to finish this game, I was never going to
finish another game in my career," a smiling Hernandez said
through a translator. "I had every single thing working for me out
there. I used every one of my pitches, hit both sides of the plate
really well and could do whatever I wanted. The curve ball I had
today was the best I've had all season."

Hernandez won his third straight outing, striking out nine and
walking none in his 25th career start and first against the Angels.

"It's tough when you're seeing somebody for the first time,"
Angels leadoff hitter Chone Figgins said. "You can watch a little
bit of video, but that's about it. He threw a lot of stuff for
strikes and stuck with his game plan."

Hernandez gave up a first-inning run on Orlando Cabrera's RBI
single, then retired his next 17 batters before Cabrera led off the
seventh with a double and scored on Garret Anderson's sacrifice
fly. Cabrera had three of the four hits Hernandez allowed.

"As the game went on, he got stronger," manager Mike Hargrove
said. "I thought he really turned it up a notch in the eighth and
ninth and probably threw his best breaking balls in those two
innings. They put a lot of balls in play early in the count because
he was throwing strikes. He wasn't necessarily pitching to stay
away from contact, but when he had the hitter in a position where
he could strike him out, he did."

Jeremy Reed and Raul Ibanez homered and Adrian Beltre had a
two-run single for the Mariners, who have won nine of 11
after losing six straight. The three-game sweep was their
first against an AL team since Sept. 12-14, also against the Angels
at Seattle. The Mariners swept an interleague series at home
against San Diego May 19-21.

The two-time defending AL West champion Angels are last in the
division with a 27-35 record, 2 1/2 games behind the third-place
Mariners and six behind first-place Texas. They have lost 11 of
their last 14 meetings with Seattle and seven of nine this season.

Weaver (3-9) was charged with four runs -- two earned -- and seven
hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 6.56 earned-run average in
10 career starts against the Mariners. The only victory came on
Aug. 16, 2000 at Seattle while pitching for Detroit.

The game was tied 1-all in the fifth when Weaver's glove
betrayed him. He fielded Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice bunt with
plenty of time to get the force at third against Reed -- but dropped
the ball, bringing Ichiro Suzuki up with the bases loaded and none
out. Suzuki hit a simple comebacker that Weaver misplayed for his
second error, allowing the go-ahead run to score, and Beltre drove
in two more with a single to left for a 4-1 lead.

Weaver trudged back to the dugout at the end of the inning
carrying his glove in his hand, and flung it at the bench as he
approached the top step.

"I don't think I've ever had two errors in one season, let
alone one inning," Weaver said. "I had two plays to get me out of
the inning, and I made the mistake of trying to make the throw
before I made the catch."

The Angels have committed 47 errors, tying them with Toronto for
the most in the AL. They have allowed 43 unearned runs, the most in
the majors -- and only two fewer than they allowed all last season,
when they had the second-fewest errors in the league (87).

Game notes
Ibanez made it 6-1 in the seventh with his 12th homer and
second of the series, a two-run shot off Hector Carrasco. It was
his 100th career hit against the Angels, the first team Ibanez has
reached triple digits against. ... Reed has just three home runs
since Aug. 19, 2005, all of them at Anaheim. He hit only three in
his first 620 big league at-bats before homering in consecutive
games against Angels right-handers Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey
on May 12-13. ... Jose Lopez had two infield hits and Rivera had
one, raising Seattle's AL-leading total to 69.