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Mariners back Young with early runs, beat Angels

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners scored five runs in the first two innings and never looked back rolling to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Safeco Field.

The five runs were more than enough support for starter Chris Young and the Seattle bullpen as the Mariners got back to .500 (25-25) and the Angels fell to 28-22.

Young threw 61/3 innings, allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out five and walking three to improve to 4-2. It continued his success at spacious Safeco Field this season. In four starts in Seattle, he has allowed just five runs in 271/3 innings for a 1.65 earned-run average, while opposing hitters are mustering just a .141 batting average against him.

Young carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The only base runner over the first five innings was a leadoff walk to David Freese. But a lineout double play to end the inning, kept Young facing the minimum amount of hitters.

With one out in the sixth, Kole Calhoun lined a single up the middle to break up the no-hit bid.

Young's only run allowed came in the seventh inning. He gave up a leadoff home run to Albert Pujols. Young faced two more batters in the inning, getting Freese to pop out and walking Raul Ibanez. Manager Lloyd McClendon called on the bullpen to finish the game. Charlie Furbush got the two outs in the seventh, Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney had a drama-free ninth inning to secure the win.

All of the offense came in the first two innings against Angels' starter Tyler Skaggs.

James Jones led off the game with an infield single and Michael Saunders followed with a bunt single to put runners on for Robinson Cano. The free-agent acquisition delivered, singling up the middle to score Jones and allow Saunders to advance to third. Justin Smoak's hard ground ball to third allowed Saunders to trot home to make it 2-0.

The Mariners pushed it to 5-0 in the second inning. Dustin Ackley singled, stole second and then advanced to third on Nick Franklin's soft ground ball to third. With two outs, it looked like Skaggs would get out of the inning unscathed. But shortstop Erick Aybar couldn't come up with Jones' soft ground ball, committing an error and allowing Ackley to score from third. The error became even more costly when Saunders hammered a triple to right to score Jones. Cano followed with another single up the middle to score Saunders. Instead of a 2-0 game, the Angels were down 5-0 and basically done.

To Skaggs' credit, he didn't allow another run and just one more hit--Cano's third of the day--before being lifted after the seventh inning.

Cano finished 3 for 4 and upped his batting average to .332 -- second best in the American League.

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