June 5, 2012 in Sports

Trumbo’s big night thumps Mariners

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Mark Trumbo homered twice Tuesday during the Angels’ win over the visiting Seattle Mariners.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mark Trumbo homered twice, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and Garrett Richards pitched seven innings for his first major league victory, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Torii Hunter also went deep to back Richards (1-0), who 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.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed only one hit through the first 4 2-3 innings — a leadoff homer by Michael Saunders in the third. Garrett Richards was filling in for ace Jered Weaver, who is on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

Blake Beavan (3-5) pitched five innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits in five innings, including all three homers. It was the third time in 26 big league starts that the right-hander allowed three in one game, including consecutive home starts last August against Boston and Toronto.

Trumbo, who raised his average to .337, opened the scoring with a first-pitch drive over the center-field wall. Two pitches later, Hunter sent his sixth of the season over the bullpen fence in left, giving the Angels consecutive homers for the first time this season.

The Angels increased their lead to 4-1 in the bottom half with RBI singles by Albert Pujols and Trumbo, who made it 6-1 in the fifth with another towering homer to center on a 0-2 pitch after Pujols doubled. Only one other time this season had an Angels player homered twice in a game — Kendrys Morales did it in Monday’s series opener.

Trumbo’s four hits tied a career high. He also did it May 17 against the Chicago White Sox at Anaheim.

Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, who was replaced by a pinch-hitter on Monday after getting struck in the facemask by a foul tip, was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. Wilson went on the 15-day DL in April 2010 with a concussion, after a bone-jarring collision with the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira at home plate — a play that also resulted in a sprained left ankle in Wilson’s first big league start behind the plate.

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