Angels pick up steam late vs. Mariners

Angels pick up steam late vs. Mariners

at Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, March 5

Mariners at the plate: Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt went 3-for-4 and scored a run, while third baseman Willie Bloomquist, catcher Kenji Johjima and designated hitter Greg Norton contributed two hits. Raul Ibanez tripled in the first inning and scored on Richie Sexson's double off the wall in center field.

Angels at the plate: Center fielder Torii Hunter doubled, tripled and scored two runs. Second baseman Howie Kendrick and first baseman Robb Quinlan had two hits and one RBI apiece.

Mariners on the mound: Opening Day starter Erik Bedard, pitching on his 28th birthday, allowed one run over three innings, striking out one and walking one. The last six outs he recorded were on ground balls. Closer J.J. Putz wobbled a bit, getting nicked for three hits and two runs in the sixth inning.

Angels on the mound: Starter Nick Adenhart worked the first 2 2/3 innings for the Angels, giving up three runs on seven hits. Right-hander Jason Bulger held Seattle to one hit over 1 1/3 innings.

Cactus League records: Mariners 3-3, Angels 3-3.

Up next: The Angels will host the Giants Thursday at 12:05 p.m. PT at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jered Weaver will open for the Halos, while Matt Cain will throw for San Francisco.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.