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SEATTLE (AP)—Look out, American League. Vladimir Guerrero feels very comfortable with the Anaheim Angels.

“They call him the beast,” Seattle Mariners pitcher Joel Pineiro said. “He is going to go out there hacking, swinging the bat.”

Guerrero went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and Garret Anderson connected twice, leading the Angels to a 10-7 win over Seattle on Wednesday night.

Guerrero hit a 428-foot shot to center in his second at-bat, his first homer with the Angels after leaving Montreal to sign a $70 million, five-year contract in the offseason.

“I was looking for something around the strike zone. I just swung,” he said.

The All-Star slugger scored three times, finishing a triple short of the cycle, and drew a two-out walk in the fourth before Anderson’s first homer.

It should be easier for Guerrero to excel in Anaheim’s loaded lineup.

“Yeah. If you take a look in our lineup, from the bottom to the top, we have some guys who can hit the ball,” he said through a translator, teammate Kelvim Escobar. “I just want to do my job, to go out there and do my best.”

He’s fitting in, all right, just like Escobar, another new addition in Anaheim. And Guerrero also said his mother, Maria Altagracia, will be more comfortable living in California.

“Anaheim is going to be easier for her than it was in Montreal because there are a lot more Spanish-speaking people. She doesn’t speak French,” he said with a laugh.

Jarrod Washburn (1-0) struck out six in 5 1-3 innings, helping him hold a big lead despite giving up six runs and 10 hits. He left after his 101st pitch, with the Angels up 9-5.

Ben Weber and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 2 2-3 innings of solid relief before Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

The Angels led 8-0 in the fourth after Anderson drove a 1-0 pitch from Pineiro (0-1) over the wall in right-center. Anaheim has scored 20 runs in its first two games.

“I definitely hope we can keep scoring runs,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of guys who don’t stop swinging and don’t stop playing.”

Seattle rallied with four runs in the fourth, pulling to 8-4 on Dan Wilson’s bloop RBI single to center. Rich Aurilia hit a two-run double and Bret Boone had an RBI double.

Boone hit a two-out solo homer in the fifth, trimming the margin to 8-5, before Anderson hit his second homer in the sixth. He lined a shot off reliever Kevin Jarvis just over the reach of leaping right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Mariners weren’t finished, though.

Seattle scored twice in the sixth, getting to 9-7, and had the potential tying run at second when Boone struck out on a disputed check-swing to end the threat.

“You’d like to get some help right there,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “He thought he saw it clearly.”

The Angels added an unearned insurance run in the eighth when Guerrero scored on Jose Guillen’s grounder to third.

Guerrero was caught in a rundown, but reliever Rafael Soriano dropped the ball on the tag at the plate.

Guerrero’s homer made it 5-0 in the second, and it was 6-0 well before sunset after Jose Molina hit an RBI double to left.

After getting 12 hits in their season-opening win Tuesday, the new-look Angels continued to show their power. They had 16 hits this time, and their three homers boosted their two-game total to six.

Pineiro pitched four innings, allowing a career-high eight runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

“I left a lot of pitches in the middle of the plate and never got into arhythm,” Pineiro said.


After a fifth-inning single by 2B Adam Kennedy, every Angels batter had at least one hit. … Edgar Martinez followed Boone’s homer with a ground-rule double, giving him 492 two-baggers in his 16-year career. … Washburn’s .582 winning percentage (57-41) moved him ahead of Bert Blyleven (.579, 33-24) for the career lead among Angels pitchers with at least 50 decisions. … Anderson has 10 multihomer games. He also hit two homers at Safeco Field on July 3,2000.

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