SEATTLE (AP) - In his last four starts, Jered Weaver's performances look pretty average: six innings and three or four runs allowed. Certainly not dynamic numbers, but not awful either.
When they come after Weaver started the season with six brilliant starts, the last four - all losses - look worse.
``When you get off to a roll like that, everybody expects you to keep it going. We've had some rough ones here lately, not too rough, it hasn't been too bad. Nothing to hang my head about, but I haven't got deep into games like I wanted,' Weaver said. ``I'm having a bad month. It's bound to turn around.'
Weaver lost his fourth straight start Wednesday night, bested by former college teammate Jason Vargas in the Seattle Mariners' 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Weaver sprinted to a 6-0 start to begin the season, then hit a wall of losses that continued Wednesday, although the Angels' struggling offense didn't help. Los Angeles has gone 21 innings without scoring.
Again, Weaver wasn't bad. He lasted six innings and gave up three runs and seven hits. But for a fourth straight start, it wasn't enough as he failed to become the first pitcher in baseball to reach seven wins.
``Even when he struggles a little bit, he has shown that he can keep us in ballgames,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``We just didn't support him offensively.'
The Angels' scuffling offense has gone 21 innings without scoring and were shut out in consecutive games for the second time this season.
They threatened in the first inning but Vargas struck out Howie Kendrick with Erick Aybar at third to end the inning.
Los Angeles missed another chance in the second when Peter Bourjos struck out looking with Mark Trumbo at second. From there, Vargas was brilliant, not allowing another runner past first base.
The Angels got one more chance in the eighth after Vargas left. Jamey Wright allowed two walks and Alberto Callaspo's infield single to load the bases with two outs. He fell behind pinch-hitter Hank Conger 2-0 then got him looking at a 3-2 pitch on the inside corner.
Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances for the Mariners and his first since blowing three games last week.
``Vargas is tough on us,' Scioscia said. ``He pitched a terrific ballgame. We've seen him enough to know what he has, but he does it very well and did it well tonight.'
Weaver wasn't battered around by Seattle's bats, but couldn't match the zeros Vargas posted. Vargas has gone 16 straight innings without allowing a run.
Chone Figgins doubled with one out in the first and scored when Jack Cust dumped a soft liner over the infield. In the third, Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single that bounced off the plate and scored on Smoak's double into the right field corner. Cust jumped on a 2-1 pitch and singled to center to score Smoak.
Weaver went six innings, giving up seven hits and struck out four.
``Things were falling in, I really didn't get hit too hard, but I was falling behind and gave them the opportunity to get some runs,' Weaver said. ``I had to battle today. You've got to score runs to win first of all and that didn't happen today. Jason threw a (great) game today.'
NOTES: The Angels were shut out in consecutive games for the second time this season. Boston posted shutouts on April 23 and 24. ... Seattle CF Franklin Gutierrez made his season debut after missing the first 41 games with stomach issues. Gutierrez went 0 for 4. ... The Angels went 15-4 last season against Seattle.
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