August 6, 2011 in Sports

Robinson, M’s back Beavan in win over Angels

Associated Press
 

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Blake Beavan pitched in and out of trouble through eight impressive innings, Trayvon Robinson hit his first major league homer in his second game up from Triple-A, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Saturday night.

Former Angels postseason star Adam Kennedy hit a two-run double for the Mariners, who are 6-3 since their franchise-record 17-game losing streak. The victory was only their third in their last 20 games at Angel Stadium.

Beavan (3-2) allowed a run and eight hits, struck out two and walked none in his sixth big league start — the rookie has pitched into the seventh inning in every one of them. The 22-year-old right-hander faced the Angels on July 8 at Seattle, getting a no-decision after giving up a pair of solo homers over 6 1-3 innings.

Brandon League worked the ninth in a non-save situation.

Tyler Chatwood (6-8) gave up five runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first career start against Seattle, after allowing a career-worst six runs in a 12-2 loss at Detroit on July 29. The rookie right-hander, who departed with a 5-0 deficit, has made eight starts this season in which his teammates didn’t score while he was in the game.

Beavan worked with runners on base in each of the first seven innings. He got a break in the Angels’ third, when speedy Peter Bourjos was held up by third base coach Dino Ebel on a sharp single to right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Erick Aybar followed with an inning-ending double-play grounder.

Bourjos was stranded at third again in the fifth when Maicer Izturis struck out. Izturis is batting .213 at Angel Stadium this season, compared to .316 on the road.

The Mariners, who came in hitting .183 with runners in scoring position and two outs, took the lead with two outs in the first on Kennedy’s two-run double to left-center — equaling the number of RBIs he had in 62 at-bats over his previous 16 games.

Seattle made it 4-0 in the third with a two-out double by Mike Carp and a run-scoring single by Miguel Olivo. Carp, who played high school ball about 25 miles up the freeway at Lakewood High, is batting .344 with 15 RBIs in 16 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 19.

Robinson, a 23-year-old switch-hitter who made a sparkling big league debut on Friday night by robbing Torii Hunter of a two-run homer in the left-field corner, made it 5-0 in the seventh with an opposite-field drive to left-center on Chatwood’s 106th and final pitch. He wasn’t sure it had gone out and held up at second for a few moments before completing his trip around the bases.

Olivo, the Mariners’ catcher, lost sight of Hunter’s high foul pop behind the plate in the Angels’ first and it fell harmlessly on the warning track about 25 feet behind him. Hunter, who had difficulty keeping a straight face, singled on the next pitch. But the Mariners had the last laugh, as Hunter broke for second and Beavan stepped off the rubber before throwing to shortstop Jack Wilson for the third out.

Notes

Jered Weaver’s nine scoreless innings in the series opener on Friday night made him the first pitcher since Cincinnati’s Tom Browning in 1990 to have two no-decisions of at least nine-plus scoreless innings in the same season. … Chatwood has allowed a home run in each of his last three starts, after giving up just one in 62 2-3 innings over his previous 11. … Suzuki entered the game with a .270 batting average and a .312 on-base percentage — both career lows since he joined the major leagues in 2001. This could be the first season that he fails to hit at least .300 or get 200 hits. He needs 75 more in the Mariners’ final 50 games to extend his major league-record streak of consecutive 200-hit seasons to 11. Suzuki led the majors in hits in each of the previous four seasons and won AL batting titles in 2001 and 2004. The only other major leaguer with 10 seasons of 200 or more hits is Pete Rose. … Suzuki singled in the first for his 261st career hit against the Angels, the fourth-highest total behind Hall of Famers George Brett, Carl Yastrzemski and Cal Ripken Jr. … Seattle RHP Feliz Hernandez will start Sunday’s series finale against Ervin Santana. Hernandez is 0-3 with a 3.65 ERA in his last 10 starts at Anaheim since beating Jered Weaver’s brother, Jeff, with a complete-game 6-2 victory in his Angel Stadium debut on June 11, 2006.

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