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Brad Miller, Mariners rough up C.J. Wilson, Angels

SportsLos Angeles AngelsBaseballSeattle MarinersJustin SmoakRobinson CanoC.J. Wilson (baseball)

KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two out in the third, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson intentionally walked the left-handed-hitting Robinson Cano to load the bases for switch-hitter Justin Smoak. Cano entered with a .367 average (11 for 30) against Wilson, and Smoak had a .207 mark (six for 29), but the move backfired, as Smoak drove a three-run double to left-center field to cap a four-run rally and give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

AT THE PLATE: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit two homers, a solo shot to center off Wilson in the fifth and a two-run rocket to right off Michael Kohn in the ninth. Angels DH Raul Ibanez, 41, who struck out in four of his first five at-bats, hit a two-run homer to center in the fourth. The Angels had only eight hits, but Josh Hamilton, who had one hit in his first 21 at-bats in 2013, is off to a decent start, with three hits and two walks in his first six at-bats.

ON THE MOUND: The rarely efficient Wilson needed 113 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings in which he gave up six earned runs and eight hits, struck out seven and walked two. Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez threw seven strong innings, yielding two runs and six hits, striking out six and walking none, to earn the win. Matt Shoemaker threw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief for the Angels.

EXTRA BASES: All those measures the Angels took this spring to avoid another slow start worked wonders in the exhibition season, when they went 19-11, but they haven't meant a thing in the regular season. The Angels, who went 17-32 in the previous two Aprils, are 0-2. … Wilson became the 41st active pitcher to reach the 1,000-strikeout mark with his second-inning whiff of Kyle Seager. … Mariners left-hander Joe Beimel, who pitched for the Dodgers from 2006-08, snuffed out a potential Angels uprising by picking off David Freese at first to end the eighth.

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