Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Michael Saunders' two-run homer helped the
Seattle Mariners defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-3, in finale of a three-game
set at Safeco Field.
Raul Ibanez and Mike Zunino each added an RBI as well for the Mariners, who
swept the Angels for the first time since 2006. Saunders' blast extended
Seattle's franchise record to 22 consecutive games with a home run.
Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4), a 2013 All-Star who will not be participating in the
event, surrendered three runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning seven in
seven frames. The win ended a three-game losing skid and a five-start winless
drought for the Japan native.
Tom Wilhelmsen faced the minimum in the ninth to grab his 19th save of the
season and secure the first series sweep for Seattle this year.
If there was an award given to the pitcher with the most losses in the first-
half of the season it would go to Joe Blanton (2-12). He yielded four runs on
five hits and four walks over just four-plus innings of work, his shortest
outing of the year.
Mark Trumbo had a solo home run and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs for the
Angels, who head into the Mid-Summer Classic as losers in four of their last
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