Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles tandem of Garrett Richards and
Chris Nelson spoiled Seattle manager Eric Wedge's return to the dugout
following a month-long medical leave.
Richards outpitched Felix Hernandez and Nelson provided all the offense with a
two-run homer in the Angels' 2-0 win at Safeco Field.
Richards (4-5) was cruising on the mound, holding the Mariners to four
singles, before being struck by a Dustin Ackley comebacker with one out in the
eighth. He left with a a right forearm contusion, giving way to Dane De La
Rosa, who retired both batters he faced.
Ernesto Frieri pitched around a two-out base hit in the ninth to record his
27th save. The Angels snapped a four-game losing streak and had Mike Trout
back in the lineup. Trout sat out the previous three games with right
Nelson's blast was one of only three hits allowed over six frames by Hernandez
(12-7), who finished with 10 strikeouts.
"Felix was good, he was good today," said Wedge. "He threw a good ball game,
had to work a little bit at times. He gave us every opportunity to win the
ball game, we just couldn't get anything going offensively."
Wedge returned for Friday's series opener after suffering a mild stroke before
the Mariners game on July 22.
The lone hiccup for Hernandez came in the second, when Nelson launched a one-
out blast to left field. Josh Hamilton had led off the inning with a single,
extending his road hitting streak to 10 games.
"Well it was a big hit," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Felix is tough
and Chris killed it to get us the two runs and it held up."
Trout finished 0-for-4, ending his streak of reaching base via a hit, walk or
hit-by-pitch at 40 games ... The Angels halted a five-game skid at Seattle, a
streak that matched the longest in franchise history ... The Mariners had only
one at-bat with a runner in scoring position.
08/24 03:04:27 ET
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