M’s, Figgins pound Angels
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners pounded Jered Weaver for eight hits and six runs – five earned – over 4 1/3 innings in a 12-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Weaver, expected to be the Angels’ opening day starter, had his second consecutive subpar outing. He walked five San Diego hitters in 3 1/3 innings his last time out. Against the Mariners, he walked none and struck out three.
Former Angel Chone Figgins was tough on his former teammates, going 3 for 4 with two hits off Weaver, including a run-scoring triple.
“He’s probably a little confident in there because he knows me,” Weaver said. “We wish him the best, hopefully not against us.”
Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with a single to center and scored on Figgins’ triple down the right-field line. Figgins then scored on Casey Kotchman’s single. Kotchman, another former Angel, also had three hits.
Eric Byrnes hit a three-run homer off Weaver in the third, his first of the spring.
Mariners left-hander Luke French made his fourth appearance and second start and allowed five hits and two earned runs over four innings. French went 3-3 with a 6.63 ERA in eight games, including seven starts, for the Mariners in 2009 after coming over from Detroit in late July.
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