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M's win overshadowed by Soriano getting hit in head

SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Snelling didn't care about his two homers
after hearing the sound of a line drive ricochet off teammate
Rafael Soriano's head.

"It shocked me," Snelling said. "I didn't really see it, I
just heard it."

Snelling hit two of Seattle's four solo homers off Angels rookie
Jered Weaver in the Mariners' 6-4 win on Tuesday night that took a
scary and somber turn in the eighth inning.

With one out, Soriano was hit behind the right ear by Vladimir
Guerrero's line drive. The sound of the ball connecting with
Soriano's head was audible throughout the stadium, and the reliever
immediately crumpled to the ground as the ball landed near the
Angels' dugout on the third-base side.

Soriano was attended to by the Mariners' training staff and
medics for several minutes before being put on a backboard and
carted off the field. He never lost consciousness, sustained a
concussion and was transported to nearby Harborview Medical Center
where he was being held overnight for observation.

Soriano had an X-ray and CT scan when he arrived at the
hospital.

"The preliminary tests right now are reassuring. We don't feel
it's anything very serious," team physician Dr. Edward Khalfayan
said.

Manager Mike Hargrove and pitching coach Rafael Chaves left
almost immediately for the hospital and were unavailable for
comment. Guerrero released a statement through the team expressing
his hope that Soriano is OK.

"We he got word that he didn't lose consciousness," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said "Vlad was relieved, but it is naturally
something that is going to shake you up,"

Before Soriano was injured, the Mariners were enjoying their
season-high sixth straight win, handing Weaver his worst outing of
the season.

Weaver (9-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in just 4 2-3
innings. The rookie tied an AL record by winning his first nine
career decisions -- including a pair of impressive wins over the
Mariners -- but has now dropped two straight. Weaver lost to Boston
last Thursday, despite surrendering only one earned run on a solo
homer by David Ortiz.

Ichiro Suzuki hit his 20th career leadoff homer on Weaver's
second pitch, and Snelling followed three pitches later with his
first homer of the season. Snelling hit a solo shot in the fourth
to right field for his first career multihomer game.

It was Suzuki's seventh home run of the season, but his third
time leading off with one.

"They got me a couple of times and I think Snelling ended up
winning the home run derby," Weaver said.

Raul Ibanez lined an RBI double in the first and hit his 26th
homer in the third inning, giving him a career-high 104 RBI. His
previous high of 103 came in 2002 with Kansas City.

It was the fourth time the Mariners hit at least four homers.
After an 0-11 road trip that dropped them out of contention in the
AL West, Seattle has won seven of eight on its homestand.

"Some pitches he didn't get away with, made some mistakes and
those guys got some balls to drive," Scioscia said.

Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn (8-12) pitched six strong
innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed
consecutive homers to Garret Anderson and Robb Quinlan. Washburn
escaped the inning without further damage and won consecutive
decisions for the first time this season. Washburn allowed six hits
and struck out four in beating his former club for the third time.

Washburn was already in the clubhouse when Soriano took over in
the eighth and saw the reliever get hit on television.

"No question, this is the worst I've ever felt after a win,"
Washburn said. "I don't really even remember pitching. I'm just
worried about Rafael."

Guerrero later scored in the eighth on Anderson's RBI double,
but closer J.J. Putz recorded the final five outs for his 28th save
in 33 chances.

"It's the scariest thing in sports, no doubt about it," Putz
said of Soriano's injury. "When it does happen, it's nauseating."

The Angels' defense didn't help either, committing three errors
that increased their AL-leading total to 104. Third baseman Maicer
Izturis had two errors, and his throwing error with two out in the
sixth allowed Ibanez to score from second.

Game notes
Suzuki also singled in the second for his 400th career
multihit game. It's the most of any player since 2001 -- his rookie
year. ... Quinlan extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a
single in the fifth. ... With rain moving in, the roof at Safeco
Field closed just as the first pitch was thrown, the 10th time this
season the retractable roof has been closed either before or during
a game.