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Upset McLaren blasts losing M’s


SEATTLE —Torii Hunter drove in two runs and starter Jered Weaver held on for the victory as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recorded their fifth straight win, a 5-4 triumph over the Seattle Mariners yesterday.

While the Angels were happy to get out of town with their first eries sweep of the season, frustrated Mariners manager John McLaren let everyone know he had finally seen enough losing by his team. The normally soft-spoken manager let loose with a profanity-laced tirade, then stormed out of the room without answering any questions.

McLaren’s outburst came after the Mariners, picked by many in the preseason as a potential pennant contender, lost for the 29th time in 39 games to fall 18 games under .500 (21-39) and 15 1/2 games behind the American League West-leading Angels.

“We are playing our [rear ends] off every day and have nothing to show for it,’’ McLaren said. “I am tired of getting my [expletive] beat and so are those guys. We’ve got to change this around and get after it. Only we can do it.

“There is no easy way out of this. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to buckle it up and get after it. I’m tired of losing every night. It’s got to be a total team effort to turn this thing around and that’s it.’’

N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 1

NEW YORK — Mike Mussina pitched six strong innings and Wilson Betemit homered as the New York Yankees snapped a three-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Derek Jeter recorded the 2,416th hit of his career — moving him past Mickey Mantle into third place on the team’s all-time list — for the Yankees.

The 39-year-old Mussina (9-4) continued his surprising­ly stellar season, allowing one run and five hits while striking out six and walking one. Ross Ohlendorf, Kyle Farnsworth and Mariano Rivera hurled the final three frames to finish out the game.

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