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Bell gets best of Mariners

Former Falcon goes six innings to get victory for Angels on Wednesday

Sanchez remains hot for Giants.

September 03, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) pitcher, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Bell might have turned in his best performance of the season as a starter Wednesday. If not on Wednesday, it came in his previous outing.

With the Angels (65-69) mired in third place in the American League's West Division, Bell, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, pitched six quality innings in his sixth start of the season to help the Angels pick up a 4-2 road win against the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander struck out six and allowed nine hits in six innings. He allowed a pair of earned runs, but lowered his earned-run average from 5.07 to 4.85.

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Bell threw 61 of his 93 pitches for strikes to pick up his first victory since May 10. In that decision, Bell got one out in relief to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Wednesday, Bell (2-4) got out of a major jam. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth, Bell induced Franklin Gutierrez into a double play that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead. Bell avoided further damage by striking out Russell Branyan swinging.

Hideki Matsui hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Angels a 3-2 lead and put Bell in line for the victory.

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Bell showed resolve while getting out of several jams in the early innings.

"They definitely had some opportunities and he made some pitches to get out," Scioscia told the Associated Press. "He showed us a lot out there. He bent a little bit but didn't break."

It marked the second strong starting effort by Bell. He gave up two runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 27. Bell struck out three and walked one in an 89-pitch effort.

Bell has made 24 appearances, recording 41 strikeouts. He's allowed 73 hits and 33 runs (30 earned) in 55 2/3 innings for the Angels, who will next face the host Oakland Athletics in a three-game series beginning today.

Freddy Sanchez (Glendale Community College, 1998) second baseman, San Francisco Giants: Sanchez and the Giants are in Los Angeles today through Sunday for a three-game series against the Dodgers. Sanchez returns to the Southland on a roll.

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