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Angels stymied by rookie Maurer in 6-0 loss

Friday - 4/26/2013, 2:36am  ET

Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley, left, watches his throw to first after forcing out Los Angeles Angels' Luis Jimenez at second base in the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Seattle. Ackley completed the double play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels caught Brandon Maurer at a bad time.

The Seattle Mariners rookie right-hander, making his fifth start, quieted the veteran Angels lineup with a 6-0 victory Thursday night.

Maurer (2-3) went 6 1-3 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.

Maurer had started the season teetering between the big leagues and a demotion back to the minors. He pitched poorly in his first two starts, losing both and posting a 16.20 ERA. In his past three starts, including Thursday, Maurer is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA.

"He had a tight slider and kept us off balance early," said Mike Trout, who went 1-for-4. "He's got great stuff. You can't take that away from him. 95 with the fastball. Pretty hard with the slider and with a change and curveball. That's four-plus pitches."

Josh Hamilton, who also singled in his four at-bats, added, "it seemed like he kept the righties off balance from the first inning. He showed he had 95 then he went back to his sinkerball and if he needed to come in with a little run on it, he would be at 93-94.

"He did a good job. The name of the game is keeping guys off balance."

The Mariners, who had scored more than three runs just three times in the past 15 games, got jump-started by Carlos Peguero's third-inning mammoth home run. In his first at-bat this season -- as he was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday -- he hit a 451-foot shot, the third longest in Safeco Field history.

Peguero broke a scoreless tie on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1). The only two longer home runs in the stadium's 12
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