9:05 PM ET, April 21, 2007
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
• Summary: Bartolo Colon was commanding in his return to the rotation, pitching seven sharp innings to help the Angels stave off the pesky Mariners.
• Hero: Colon, making his first start since July 2006, gave up just one run and walked none while showing no ill effects from his torn rotator cuff.
• Unsung hero: Francisco Rodriguez, who stopped the Angels' bleeding after their 'pen nearly gave back all of a seven-run lead. He struck out two in a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
• Did you see that? Ben Broussard closed the gap to 7-6 with the first pinch-hit grand slam in the Mariners' 31-year history.
• Figure this: Colon's only win in six decisions last year was a four-hit shutout against the Mariners on July 5.
• Quotable: "I know the days of throwing 99 and 100 miles an hour are probably not there anymore, but I'm very pleased with where I am. I just hope I don't have to go through that again." -- Colon.
-- ESPN.com news services
Angels 7, Mariners 6
Colon was 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 10 starts last year -- the only victory coming on a four-hit shutout against the Mariners on July 5 at Seattle. ... RHP Kelvim Escobar is slated to come off the DL on Tuesday for a start against Detroit, which would make the Angels' projected rotation intact for the first time this season. ... Joe Saunders was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Colon on the 25-man roster. ... Seattle C Kenji Johjima left with a bruised right calf an inning after getting struck by Cabrera's foul tip in the fifth.
Regular Season Series
|Los Angeles leads 13-6 (as of Sat 4/21)|
|Fri 4/20||@LAA 8, SEA 4||Recap|
|» Sat 4/21||@LAA 7, SEA 6||Box Score|
|Sun 4/22||@LAA 6, SEA 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/15||@SEA 11, LAA 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/16||LAA 5, @SEA 0||Recap|
|Thu 5/17||LAA 7, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/28||SEA 12, @LAA 5||Recap|
|Tue 5/29||@LAA 4, SEA 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/30||@LAA 8, SEA 6||Recap|
|Mon 7/30||@SEA 2, LAA 0||Recap|
|Tue 7/31||LAA 8, @SEA 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/1||@SEA 8, LAA 7||Recap|
|Mon 8/27||LAA 6, @SEA 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/28||LAA 10, @SEA 6||Recap|
|Wed 8/29||LAA 8, @SEA 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/20||@LAA 9, SEA 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/21||SEA 6, @LAA 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/22||SEA 3, @LAA 2||Recap|
|Sun 9/23||@LAA 7, SEA 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Mariners | Angels|
|1st||O Cabrera singled to center, G Matthews scored.||0||1|
|1st||V Guerrero homered to left, O Cabrera scored.||0||3|
|5th||G Anderson doubled to left center, O Cabrera scored, V Guerrero to third.||0||4|
|5th||R Quinlan singled to left, V Guerrero and G Anderson scored, R Quinlan to second advancing on throw.||0||6|
|5th||E Aybar reached on infield single to second, R Quinlan scored, M Napoli to second.||0||7|
|7th||I Suzuki grounded out to first, J Burke scored, Y Betancourt to third, J Lopez to second.||1||7|
|8th||J Guillen singled to left, J Vidro scored, R Ibanez to second.||2||7|
|8th||B Broussard homered to right, R Ibanez, J Guillen and J Burke scored.||6||7|
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|Stadium||Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA|
|Attendance||43,752 (96.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||60 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana Demuth|