Guerrero regains power stroke as Angels beat Mariners

• Hero: Angels starter Bartolo Colon kept his record perfect, improving to 5-0 this season, as he scattered nine hits over seven innings.

• Figure this: Ichiro Suzuki was caught stealing Thursday, ending his AL record streak of 45 consecutive successful steals, five short of Vince Coleman's major league record.

• Figure this (part II): Guerrero has hit five home runs in the six starts this season by Colon.

-- ESPN.com news services

Angels 7, Mariners 3

SEATTLE (AP) -- No pitch is safe when Vladimir Guerrero is at the plate.

The Los Angeles Angels slugger turned quickly on a fastball from former teammate Jarrod Washburn that was far inside and yanked it for his first home run in 12 games. Guerrero's two-run shot left his teammates and the Seattle Mariners in awe and helped keep Bartolo Colon undefeated in Los Angeles' 7-3 victory Thursday night.

"There is no rhyme or reason to get him out. He can hit anything they throw up there," Angels leadoff batter Reggie Willits said after he had three hits and scored two runs, one on Guerrero's 10th homer.

"It's pretty unbelievable."

Guerrero, who had three RBIs, has hit five home runs in the six starts this season by Colon (5-0), who allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings as the Angels won for the seventh time in nine games. Los Angeles is a season-high six games over .500 entering their rivalry series this weekend against the Dodgers.

"Every time I am going to pitch, I tell him, 'Remember, hit a home run today,'" a laughing Colon said. "Vladdy just walks away saying, 'I don't want to know. If I know, I probably won't hit one.'"

Colon, who struck out one and walked three, is perfect since making his season debut three weeks late because of a partial tear to his rotator cuff. And he hasn't lost to the Mariners in six starts. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner has won 17 consecutive starts against AL West rivals Seattle and Texas.

"I never thought he'd be 5-0 after coming back from that injury," catcher Jose Molina said. "But he's awesome. He's a winner."

Guerrero isn't hurting the Angels, either. In their 24 wins, he's batting (.395) with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. When he sat out Tuesday for a rare rest, the Angels got their only loss of the series, 11-3.

"He's a special player," said Washburn, his former teammate.

Washburn (3-4) was sixth in the AL with a 2.64 ERA entering Thursday, after holding the Yankees scoreless over eight innings in his previous start. But he allowed season highs of nine hits and six runs in six innings against the Angels, for whom he played from 1998-2005.

In the first inning, Guerrero hit Washburn's waist-high, 90 mph fastball into the bleachers, a pitch Washburn said was out of the strike zone. But that's the thing with Guerrero: Every pitch is in his zone.

"Best I've ever pitched against. Best I've ever played with," Washburn said. "It doesn't matter if you throw a strike or not, he can make it hurt."

After Yuniesky Betancourt got Seattle back to within 2-1 with an RBI single, Guerrero hit a searing double past the awkward reach of fill-in left fielder Ben Broussard to score Erick Aybar. His 36th RBI made it 3-1.

After Washburn's intentional walk to Robb Quinlan loaded the bases with two outs, Shea Hillenbrand's single made it 5-1.

Washburn's problems continued in the fourth. Molina doubled leading off and scored on a single by Orlando Cabrera, who extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Washburn had allowed just 14 runs in his first seven starts.

Kenji Johjima's RBI double in the fourth got Seattle to within 6-2. Broussard, starting because Raul Ibanez had back spasms, hit his third homer 10 rows into the right-field bleachers to make it 6-3 in the sixth. Seattle got two more hits in the inning, including Betancourt's double. But Johjima hit into a double play and Jose Lopez grounded out to keep Colon in control.

Ibanez pinch hit with two outs in the eighth against Scot Shields, and struck out as Shields pumped his fist.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits. But after he got his ninth hit in three games in the seventh inning, he was caught stealing on a hit-and-run on a pitch by Colon that was so far outside, Jose Vidro didn't swing.

"I kind of had a bad feeling about it," Suzuki said of the play.

That ended Suzuki's AL record streak of 45 consecutive successful steals, five short of Vince Coleman's major league record.

Game notes
Angels 3B Chone Figgins was out of the lineup. Manager Mike Scioscia called it rest but also said Figgins is struggling right now, especially defensively on his throws. Scioscia said he was curious to know if that struggle is related to lingering pain from the two broken fingers that caused him to miss most of April. ... Washburn is 3-2 in six starts over the last two seasons against the Angels, who drafted him in second round in 1995. ... Former Angel Jose Guillen was hit on the left forearm by a 91 mph pitch from Colon in the fifth. J.J. Putz hit Gary Matthews Jr. in the forearm with an 88 mph pitch in the ninth.