SEATTLE — Hideki Matsui homered and drove in three runs, and Joe Saunders improved to 7-0 in his last 10 starts against Seattle as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 7-1 on Friday night.
Saunders (4-6), who allowed seven runs on 10 hits against Seattle in a no-decision last weekend, permitted nine more baserunners in the first five innings in this start. Saunders allowed eight hits and two walks but only one run in six innings.
Even though Ichiro Suzuki had three singles, an RBI and his fourth stolen base in two nights, Seattle couldn’t get clutch hits behind him to keep its three-game winning streak alive.
Juan Rivera homered off Sean White in a three-run seventh, and the Angels won for the eighth time in 10 games to move above .500 for the first time since April 29.