Take it from Los Angeles Angels catcher Mike Napoli: The real Bartolo Colon is back. Colon pitched a four-hitter for his eighth career shutout and first win since September as the Angels completed their first three-game sweep of the season with a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Rob Quinlan and Orlando Cabrera homered to back last year's AL Cy Young Award winner who had two strikeouts, a hit batsman and no walks in his 31st career complete gme. The Angels won their season-best fifth straight, while the Mariners dropped their fourth in a row and were shut out for a major league-leading 10th time. It was the Angels' fifth shutout of the season.
Los Angeles Angels' Maicer Izturis is out at second as he breaks up a double play attempt with Seattle Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez steping over during the first inning of their baseball game in Seattle Wednesday, July 5, 2006. The Angels went on to win 4-0.
Seattle is 1-5 on its current nine-game homestand after returning with a 7-2 record in an interleague road trip. The 33-year-old Colon (1-4) made his seventh start of the season and fourth since spending nearly two months on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder. It was his first win since beating Oakland on Sept. 29. Colon was 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA in 33 starts for the AL West champion Angels last season. He lowered his ERA from 5.77 to 4.57 Wednesday night. Colon had pinpoint control and a live two-seam fastball, Napoli said.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't have any thought of about taking out Colon although he had closer Francisco Rodriguez warming up in the ninth. The Angels scored all their runs in the fifth inning on the two homers. After singles by Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales, Quinlan made it 3-0 when he homered 410 feet to center field off 43-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer (5-8). Two outs later, Cabrera homered to extend his streak of reaching base safely by a hit, walk or hit by a pitch to 62 games. Moyer lost his second straight decision, both shutout defeats. He went seven innings, giving up four runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Moyer is 3-4 at Safeco Field this season after going 10-0 at home last season. Moyer said Quinlan's homer was the key to his defeat. It came on a 1-0 changeup.
The Mariners went meekly at the plate until the eighth inning when an emotional Carl Everett grounded out to first base unassisted and then was ejected by umpire Brian Knight after getting into an argument with him. Everett was clearly out so it was puzzling to the crowd of 25,009 what the argument was about. After Tuesday's 14-6 loss to the Angels, Everett went into manager Mike Hargrove's office and argued loudly behind a closed door, apparently over playing time. After Wednesday night's game, Everett talked to first base coach Mike Goff during his argument with Knight, but declined to talk to reporters. He also wouldn't talk to the media before the game. Everett apparently was upset with Cuzzi calling a high strike on him in the same at-bat that led to his ejection.