SEATTLE - JUNE 13: Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homer in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Vernon Wells Finds Power Stroke, Leads Angels Over Mariners

Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain.

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Vernon Wells Finds Power Stroke, Leads Angels Over Mariners, 6-3

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Vernon Wells broke out with two home runs and three RBI, sending the Angels over the Mariners, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series. Wells came in hitting .189 and had not homered since May 7, but his two-run blast in the seventh provided the difference for Los Angeles, which had lost nine of 11 coming in.

Bobby Abreu and Howie Kendrick each had two hits and an RBI, while Dan Haren (6-4) earned the victory after giving up three runs on seven hits over six frames. Jason Vargas (4-4) was on the opposite end of the decision as he was charged with five runs on six hits over his seven-inning start. Jered Weaver starts for the Angels on Tuesday, facing Doug Fister of the Mariners, in the second game of the series in Seattle.

For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Mariners: Dan Haren Opens Road Trip In Seattle

The reeling Angels look to turn things around on their longest road trip of the season, beginning Monday night in Seattle. The Angels were 2-7 on their nine-game homestand, but now head out of the road to face Seattle, then three interleague series against the Mets, Marlins, and Dodgers. Dan Haren gets the start for the Angels on Monday, while Jason Vargas gets the call for Seattle.

Haren is 5-4 this season with a 2.41 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts. However, Haren has one just once in his last nine starts, despite a 3.03 ERA. Apple Valley native Jason Vargas is 4-3 with a 3.94 ERA in 13 starts in Seattle this season. Vargas pitched seven scoreless innings in a win over the Angels on May 18.

Before tonight's game, the Angles placed relief pitcher Fernando Rodney on the disabled list, and recalled Bobby Cassevah from Triple A Salt Lake City, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Rodney, who has an upper back strain, stayed in Los Angeles to meet with team doctor Lewis Yocum. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Angels (31-36)

Izturis 3B
Hunter RF
Abreu DH
Wells LF
Kendrick 2B
Aybar SS
Trumbo 1B
Bourjos CF
Mathis C

Mariners (34-32)

Ichiro RF
Ryan SS
Smoak 1B
Kennedy 2B
Olivo C
Peguero LF
Gutierrez CF
Carp DH
Figgins 3B

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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