Ibañez, Mariners blast off in home run derby

Raul Ibañez hits 2 homers, and Seattle breaks franchise consecutive-game HR mark

The Associated PressJuly 13, 2013 

SEATTLE — Raul Ibañez homered twice to give him 24 this season, and the Seattle Mariners set a team home-run record in an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Ibañez hit a fourth-inning blast 438 feet into the right-field second deck and a 421-foot shot to center in the seventh. He has the fourth-most homers in a season for a 41-year-old player, five shy of tying Ted Williams’ record of 29 set in 1960 — his final season.

It was Ibañez’s 19th career multiple home run game — and his third this season. He has 150 home runs with the Mariners.

Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales added home runs as the Mariners broke the franchise record by homering in their 20th consecutive game. They did it in 19 in a row from Sept. 7-27, 1999. The major league record is 27 set by Texas in 2002.

Ibañez, who also had an RBI double in the first, has 34 home runs since turning 40 on June 2, 2012. He hit only 28 home runs in 371 games before that birthday.

Joe Saunders (8-8) worked seven scoreless innings and allowed five hits. He walked two and struck out five. He is 5-3 with a 2.37 earned-run average in his past nine starts. In 17 career starts at Safeco Field, he is 11-3 with a 2.62 ERA.

Jerome Williams (5-5), who lasted just 3 innings, gave up six runs and seven hits. He entered 4-1 with

a 2.74 ERA in 10 career appearances against Seattle.

The Angels had back-to-back doubles in the second, but they didn’t score.

Mark Trumbo hit a one-out double into the right-center gap. Alberto Callaspo then lofted a ball down the right-field line that landed in front of three fielders and just inside the line. Trumbo had to hold up, and he couldn’t score. Saunders struck out the next two batters.

Seager opened the second with a homer to right, his 15th. That extended his hitting streak to 12 games, his third double-digit run this season.

Ibañez started the Mariners’ four-run fourth with his first homer of the night.

Mike Zunino, who had a career-high three hits, and Dustin Ackley had RBI singles in the fourth. Another run scored on Garrett Richards’ wild pitch.

Richards gave up Ibañez’s two-out shot in the seventh. On the next pitch, Morales homered over the center-field wall, his 14th of the season. Ibañez has started back-to-back homers for the Mariners five times this season.

With Saunders gone, the Angels had a three-run eighth off three relievers. Mike Trout had a RBI triple, Albert Pujols had a RBI single, and Trumbo added an RBI.

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