TEMPE, Ariz. -- Seattle right-hander Blake Beavan allowed two hits over four innings as the Mariners beat the Angels 6-4 Wednesday,
Beavan, a former first-round draft pick by Texas who was acquired in the Cliff Lee deal, is an early spring favorite to make the back end of the Mariners' rotation. He went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts for Seattle in 2011."What you really try to do in spring training is throw your fastball where you want it and get everything down," Beavan said. "I'm just going to keep working on pounding the ball down."Angels ace Jered Weaver, making his first start of the spring, allowed three hits and struck out two in two innings.He got out of a second-inning jam by getting Luis Rodriguez to fly out to center with the bases loaded and two out."I'm just trying to get a feel of that flow again," Weaver said. "It's easy to get amped up and get rushed out there."Weaver finished second in the AL Cy Young race in 2011 after going 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA , only the fourth time in Angels history a pitcher has won at least 18 games and had an ERA lower than 2.50 in a season.The Mariners scored first in the seventh when Angels right-hander Loek Van Mil mishandled Trayvon Robinson's bunt and threw wildly to first, allowing Rodriguez to score from second. Stefan Romero hit a single to bring Robinson home for a 2-0 lead.Vinnie Catricala added a two-run homer in the eighth.The Angels' Peter Bourjos tripled in the seventh and scored on Hank Conger's infield grounder. Los Angeles added three more runs in the ninth, two coming on a Taylor Lindsey double.
Angels slugger Mark Trumbo made his first spring appearance at third base Wednesday but did not have anything hit to him. The Angels are hoping to get Trumbo, the team's leader in home runs (29) and RBIs (87) last year, into 50 games at third base to keep his bat in the lineup. ... Outfielder Bobby Abreu, who earlier had asked for a trade from the Angels, made his first spring start after suffering from the flu Wednesday. Abreu hit third in the lineup and played left field. He went 0 for 1 with a walk. ... New Mariners catcher Jesus Montero had two hits.