SEATTLE, Wash. - Just when the Seattle Mariners thought they were getting closer to the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels, they got shut out by the Angels 8-0 Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Gary Matthews Jr. hit two home runs and John Lackey pitched a six-hitter in his first complete game of the season for the Angels.
The loss dropped the Mariners to four games back of the Angels again. They shut out the Angels 2-0 on Monday night in the opener of the important three-game series.
Lackey allowed seven hits as the Angels won for the fifth time in six games. The Angels hit four home runs.
Seattle's four-game winning streak ended in part because Jeff Weaver allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings. Weaver lost his fourth straight start to drop his record to 2 and 10.
The Mariners and the Angels wind up their series Wednesday at 7:05, with right-hander Felix Hernandez going for Seattle against Weaver's younger brother, Jered. Hernandez has a 7-6 record, with a 3.85 ERA, while Jered Weaver is 7-5, with a 3.68 ERA.