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.
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