ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Blake Beavan's biggest problem in his rematch with the Los Angeles Angels was his inability to keep the ball in the ballpark.
The Seattle Mariners right-hander gave up back-to-back home runs by Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter in the second inning, then served up another to Trumbo in the fifth in a 6-1 loss on Tuesday night.
It was the third time in 26 big league starts that Beavan allowed three homers in one game, including consecutive home starts last August against Boston and Toronto.
"It's been like this the last couple of starts. I'm making good pitches and bad pitches at the same time," Beavan said. "I feel like I'm making a lot more good pitches than bad pitches, but nothing's going my way right now. I think the only thing I can do is keep working hard between starts and try to battle through it. Hopefully it will turn around."
Beavan (3-5) pitched five innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits. On May 25 at Safeco Field, he held the Angels to three runs and five hits over seven innings, including a three-run homer by Albert Pujols, and ended up with a no-decision in the Mariners' 6-4 loss.
"He's always been tough on us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pounds the zone and he's not going to walk a lot of guys. But Trumbo got a hold of a sinker out over the plate, and Torii got one that he didn't quite get in enough and hit it out of the park. I think the one pitch that Beavan would really want to take back was the 0-2 slider that Trumbo hit for his last home run. He really hung that one. But outside of that, he was throwing the ball well."
Trumbo went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and raised his average from .322 to .337, third in the AL behind Paul Konerko and Josh Hamilton and eight points ahead of fourth-place Derek Jeter.
"He's a good young hitter and he's only going to get better," Beavan said. "The thing with him is just making your pitch and not making mistakes. I gave up an 0-2 home run on a hanging slider right down the middle. When you get ahead of good hitters, you've got to put them away."
Garrett Richards (1-0) pitched seven innings for his first major league victory. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out eight against an offense that averaged 9.2 runs over its previous six games — including a 21-8 rout at Texas last Wednesday. He was filling in for ace Jered Weaver, who is on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
"It feels great, but it doesn't feel real right now," said Richards, who made his major league debut last August at Yankee Stadium and gave up a three-run homer to Curtis Granderson before recording his first out in a 9-3 loss while Weaver was serving a six-game suspension.
"It was good to get the first one out of the way," Richards added. "Last year, I kind of got my feet wet and didn't really know what to expect. Tonight, the command was there and I really had a good feel for all my pitches. I had the two-seamer down and my slider was good. I just felt comfortable out there."
The Mariners had only one hit over the first 4 2-3 innings off Richards, a leadoff homer by Michael Richards in the third.
"He's a guy with a really good arm," Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said. "He's throws his off-speed pitches for strikes and he's got good movement on his fastball. He definitely has good stuff."
The Angels increased their lead to 4-1 in the third with RBI singles by Albert Pujols and Trumbo, who capped his night with an eighth-inning double.
"I was able to get a couple of pitches up and I didn't chase. That's the biggest thing," Trumbo said. "It's a strange game. Yesterday — statistically — was the worst game I ever played. And today would probably take the cake for the best game I've played."
Trumbo was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and stranded five baserunners in Monday night's series opener. What a difference a day made.
"I put that game behind me as soon as I walked out of here," he said. "Chasing those breaking pitches in the dirt, that can't happen too often. But if I dwelled on that and let it carry over into today, I probably wouldn't have been able to do hardly anything at all."
Notes: Former Mariners GM Hal Keller died in his sleep early Tuesday at age 84 after a battle with esophageal cancer. He joined Seattle's front office as director of player development before becoming GM for three years, and later scouted for the Angels. Keller also helped introduce the radar gun to the majors while working in the Rangers organization. ... Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki was 0 for 4 and is hitless in three straight games for the first time since a three-game stretch last July. ... The Mariners have homered in seven straight games, their longest streak since an 11-game stretch in August 2009.