SEATTLE (AP) — Three games into his return to the bench and Eric Wedge has yet to see his Seattle Mariners be the slightest bit productive offensively.
"Not a great re-entry for myself here," Wedge said with a slight chuckle.
Jered Weaver gave up just three hits in eight strong innings, Kole Calhoun added a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Seattle's offensive slump continued, scoring just two runs the entire series against Los Angeles and scoring three or fewer runs in seven of its last 10 games. Wedge, who rejoined the Mariners on Friday after missing a month while recovering from a mild stroke, said hit batters are simply struggling to hit fastballs.
"We're fouling off too many pitches we should be squaring up," Wedge said. "When we're really going good, we're squaring up the fastball. We're not missing the fastball. That's not what we're doing right now."
The Angels gave Weaver plenty of run support by coming through in clutch situations. The Angels first seven runs were scored with two outs, including Calhoun's homer, a two-run triple by Chris Nelson and an RBI triple from Peter Bourjos.
Weaver (8-7) continued the Angels pitching dominance in the three-game series, where they allowed two runs. His only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Dustin Ackley with one-out in the third inning on a 3-2 pitch. But Weaver followed by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters. He struck out eight, but wasn't given the chance at his first complete game since August 2012.
Weaver rebounded from two straight losses with one of his best performances of the season. Weaver had won four straight decisions in July and early August before getting knocked around by the Yankees and Cleveland in his previous two starts.
He was back in top form against Seattle. Kendrys Morales singled with two outs in the fourth and was the last batter to reach base against Weaver until Ackley doubled with two outs in the eighth.
Weaver was at 102 pitches after the eighth, but manager Mike Scioscia brought in Cory Rasmus to pitch the ninth.
"My goal is to try and get extended and get out there and stay out there as much as possible," Weaver said. "It's up to (Scioscia) whether he wants me to keep going or shut it down."
Seattle starter Aaron Harang (5-11) began fast, but was battered around in the fourth and sixth innings because he struggled with two outs. Harang retired 11 of the first 12 batters, striking out five and giving up only a second inning single to Hank Conger before his day rapidly fell apart in the fourth.