SEATTLE (AP) – Ryan Franklin was roughed up in his return from a steroids suspension, and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball through eight innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle Mariners 9-1 Saturday.

Chone Figgins missed the cycle by a triple and Juan Rivera added three RBIs on three hits, including a solo homer in the seventh. Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina each drove in two runs as the Angels piled up 15 hits one day after opening the series with a 13-hit game.

Figgins set the tone when he doubled leading off the game against Franklin (6-12), who returned from a 10-day suspension for testing positive for steroids. The right-hander gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He was relieved by Jeff Harris and sprinted off the field to a mix of cheers and boos.

Figgins added a solo homer in the second, a single in the fourth and scored three times.

Colon (15-6) won his third straight decision and his fourth in five starts. He used an efficient slider and fastball, logging five strikeouts and one walk to keep the Mariners off balance.

Colon trails 16-game winner Jon Garland of the White Sox for the AL lead in wins. Ichiro Suzuki’s solo homer in the sixth – the ball flipped over the webbing of Guerrero’s glove and cleared the wall – broke up the shutout bid.

Franklin went 3-1 during a stretch of five starts that ended July 30, just before his suspension. He continued to do his off-day work throughout the layoff and threw strikes Saturday but looked a little rusty.

He fell behind 2-0 when the Angels got five hits in the first. Figgins doubled and scored on Guerrero’s RBI single, and Guerrero scored on an RBI single by Rivera.

It was 3-0 in the second after Figgins homered, his sixth this season and the 11th of his career.

Los Angeles led 6-0 in the fifth after an RBI single by Guerrero. Seattle outfielders Jeremy Reed and Raul Ibanez each were charged with an error, and the Angels scored five runs in the inning.

Notes: Mariners DH Scott Spiezio, an Angels star during the team’s 2002 World Series title run, went hitless in three at-bats. He’s 0-for-29 in his eight starts this season. He has two hits in 43 at-bats, including 13 pinch-hit appearances. … Seattle has lost six straight home games to the Angels, who also won six straight at Safeco Field from Sept. 14, 2003, to July 24 last season. … The Mariners didn’t get a groundout until the seventh.

AP-ES-08-13-05 1932EDT


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