Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Richards struck out six over seven
stellar innings of one-hit ball, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shut out
the Seattle Mariners, 2-0, in the finale of a brief two-game set Wednesday at
Albert Pujols scorched a two-run homer in the third to provide more than
enough run support for Richards (2-0), who issued three walks and yielded
Seattle's only hit on an Abraham Almonte single in the third.
"I'm not happy about the walks but that's something that I'm going to continue
to work on," Richards said. "I'm going to focus on filling up the zone early
on more effectively."
With Richards done after 104 pitches, reliever Joe Smith struck out two in a
perfect eighth before Ernesto Frieri worked around a one-out walk in the ninth
to record his first save of the season.
Pujols and John McDonald picked up two hits apiece for the Angels, who dropped
Tuesday's series opener, 5-3.
Roenis Elias (0-1) absorbed the loss in just his second major league start
after giving up two runs on four hits and a walk over five frames.
Richards' outing got off to a shaky start, as he walked Almonte to open the
home half of the first before issuing a two-out free pass to Justin Smoak.
However, the 25-year-old right-hander induced a line out from Corey Hart to
escape the frame unscathed.
Pujols put the Halos on the board with two away in the third, launching an 0-1
changeup over the bullpen in left to plate McDonald, who was hit by a pitch to
start the inning.
Almonte notched Seattle's lone hit in the home half of the third before moving
to second when Brad Miller reached on McDonald's fielding error. Both runners
moved up a base on Robinson Cano's groundout, but were stranded there after
Smoak struck out swinging to end the frame.
"He had good stuff today," Almonte admitted of Richards. "Every time that he
threw (his fastball) like in the zone, it was kind of tough to hit."
LA's pitching staff did the rest, as the Mariners failed to move another
runner into scoring position from there, allowing the Angels to escape with a
LA's Erick Aybar was scratched from the lineup after having some dental work
done prior to the game ... Earlier Wednesday, the Angels announced that Josh
Hamilton will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks due to a thumb injury that will
require surgery ... Elias allowed just a run and two hits over five innings in
his major league debut on April 3, but did not factor in the decision ...
Seattle went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven.
04/10 03:22:40 ET
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