May 28, 2010 in Sports

Mariners’ Lee grounds Angels

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cliff Lee struck out 10 in eight innings and Milton Bradley drove in three runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Friday night.

Lee (3-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits with two walks in his 200th big league start.

Scott Kazmir (3-5) gave up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. The two-time All-Star left-hander is 1-4 with a 6.91 ERA over his last five starts.

In his first game at Angels Stadium since leaving Anaheim as a free agent during the offseason, Chone Figgins was 1 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored for Seattle.

Ichiro Suzuki started a three-run rally in the third with a two-out single and Figgins walked. Franklin Gutierrez followed with an RBI single. Bradley made it 3-2 on a single to left-center that scored Figgins and Gutierrez, who came home with a hook slide past Mike Napoli.

Jose Lopez led off the fourth with a home run, and Seattle increased the margin to 6-2 in the fifth after Suzuki led off the inning with another single. He took third on Figgins’ double down the right field line and continued home as the carom off the wall in foul territory got past Bobby Abreu for an error. Figgins ended up at third and scored on Bradley’s sacrifice fly.

Lee got off to an inauspicious start, giving up a pair of first-inning runs. One of them was unearned because of an error by the left-hander, who wasn’t able to field Torii Hunter’s comebacker cleanly and made a hurried throw past catcher Rob Johnson as he tried to get Howie Kendrick. Abreu, who went from first to third on the miscue, came home on a groundout by Kendry Morales.

The last time Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner, was in the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium was July 28. That day he was packing his gear after being traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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