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LA Angels drop to 0-2, losing to Seattle again

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 2, 2014 at 1:21 am •  Published: April 2, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson knows there's no sense in panicking two games into the Los Angeles Angels' season.

Even if those two games were disastrous for a team that desperately needs a good start.

Brad Miller hit two homers, Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Seattle Mariners beat Los Angeles 8-3 Tuesday night, saddling the Angels with their second blowout loss of the season.

Wilson (0-1) labored into the sixth inning for the Angels, who are 0-2 for the first time since 2001.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Josh Hamilton had two hits for the Angels, who spent the entire spring determined to avoid yet another slow start, a prime reason for Los Angeles' four-year postseason absence.

"There's a lot of things we need to do better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're a better team than showed up the last couple of games. We're getting some guys on base, and our situational hitting was great all spring. We just have to do a little bit better job of it."

Los Angeles went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, dropping to 1 for 13 in the young season. But their pitching hasn't been great, either: Wilson, who won a career-best 17 games last season, needed 95 pitches to get through the first five innings, yielding eight hits, six runs and two walks.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our offense," Wilson said. "That's the mentality you have to have with the guys we have. If you don't score and you give up a run early, everybody seems to press a little bit. If you're not winning, you're not having a good time."

The left-hander also didn't appear to agree with the Angels' decision to walk Robinson Cano intentionally in the third inning, loading the bases. Smoak cleared them with a double.

"Yes," Wilson said when asked if it was strange to walk the left-handed Cano to pitch to the right-handed Smoak. "No more questions on that one."

Abraham Almonte and Dustin Ackley also had RBI doubles as the Mariners followed up their 10-3 win on opening day with another surprising offensive barrage against the Angels. Seattle beat Wilson with only a supporting role from Cano, who went 1 for 3 with two walks.

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