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Richards, Angels blank Mariners

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 Safeco Field.

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.

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.

04/10 01:11:08 ET