ANAHEIM, Calif. -AP- Ricky Nolasco pitched a three-hitter for his second straight scoreless outing, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Saturday night.
Nolasco (4-9) did not walk a batter and struck out seven in his first complete game of the season. He was coming off 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a stark turnaround from a disappointing stretch that left manager Mike Scioscia defending Nolasco's place in the rotation.
Nolasco throws three-hitter in Angels' 4-0 win over Mariners
Nolasco leads the American League with 23 home runs allowed. This was his sixth career shutout, and the first by an Angels pitcher this season.
Andrelton Simmons hit a solo home run off Seattle rookie Sam Gaviglio (3-3) in the second to give Los Angeles the early lead. The Angels added another run in the third when Ben Revere singled, stole second and scored on Cameron Maybin's base hit.
The Angels added two more in the seventh. After Yunel Escobar singled and Luis Valbuena doubled, the Mariners intentionally walked Martin MaldonadoMarc Rzepczynski's wild pitch scored one and Revere's infield out scored the second.
Gaviglio allowed six runs, five hits and a walk.
Seattle designate hitter Nelson Cruz left the game after his first at-bat with what the Mariners said was right knee discomfort. In his lone at-bat, he drove a pitch off the center field wall but was thrown out arriving late to second. It was his 37th birthday.

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