Franklin gave up four hits in eight sharp innings to become the first Seattle starter to get a victory in nine games, beating the Anaheim Angels 6-2 Thursday night.
The drought was the team’s longest since a 13-game stretch in August 2000. Seattle’s only other win was credited to reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa last Sunday at Oakland.
“I don’t think any of us felt any pressure,” said Franklin, who combined with Eddie Guardado on a five-hitter. “We were going out there and doing everything we could, and it just wasn’t happening for us.
“But I think every game is like the start of the season. You don’t worry about what happened in the other eight games,” he added. You just go out there and take care of business. Hopefully, this will get us going and we can reel off seven, eight, nine in a row.”
Franklin (1-0) was 11-13 last year, making him the only pitcher with a losing record among the league’s top 10 in ERA (3.57).
“It was a little frustrating, but not to the point where it was getting me out of my game,” he said. “All I could do was throw my game, keep the opponents close and not worry about what the score was.”
Raul Ibanez drove in two runs for the Mariners, who snapped a string of seven straight losses to Anaheim and avoided what would have been a second three-game sweep by the Angels in a span of 10 days.
Ibanez spent parts of five seasons with Seattle and totaled 58 RBIs before going to Kansas City as a free agent. He had a career-best 103 RBIs two years ago and 90 for the Royals last season.
“He got a chance to play over there and had a couple of great years,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s such a good fit here. He gets along so well with the guys, he knows Seattle and he hit very well in our ballpark the last couple of years. He was a guy we really wanted to get back here right away because we felt his left-handed bat would play well in our ballpark.”
“I looked at it on the video and it was a close call. He could have been called out pretty easily,” Lackey said. “But it’s one of those things that happens. You’ve got to try to pick a guy up after that, and I wasn’t able to do it.”
“He’s going to get a lot of opportunities to drive in runs with that lineup,” Lackey said. “He’s got a lot of good hitters in front of him, and he’s been a solid left-handed hitter for a number of years now.”
Ibanez took third on Rich Aurilia’s single and continued home when Anderson’s throw sailed into the third base dugout—only the fifth error by Anderson in his last 457 games in the outfield. Ben Weber relieved Lackey and Randy Winn greeted him with an RBI single that capped the rally.
Kennedy, who hit a career-high 13 home runs last season, opened the scoring with a two-run shot off the right-field pole with two outs in the second after Anderson led off the inning with a double.
Bret Boone was hit on the left hand by Lackey’s fastball in the fourth, but stayed in the game after a few anxious moments on the ground. He stole his first base of the season moments later and scored Seattle’s first run when Ibanez doubled inside the first base line.
Boone’s hand was heavily wrapped after the game, but he didn’t think he’d miss any time.
“It just turned completely purple after it happened, and I was kind of worried—but then it went away,” Boone said. “It’s swollen and a little tender, but I could swing like I wanted to. I’m not going to say 100 percent that I know for sure it’s going to feel great when I wake up tomorrow, but Iwould be surprised if I didn’t play tomorrow.”
Last season, the Mariners became the first team since the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers to use only five starting pitchers. … Anderson committed only one error last season, and two in each of the previous two years. … Angels 3B Troy Glaus missed his fourth straight game because of a sore hamstring, but is expected back in the lineup for Friday’s opener of a three-game series againstOakland.