Angels overcome injury to Richards, beat Mariners 9-3

After a big game with the bats, the Los Angeles Angels went home worried about one of their most important arms.

Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three of Los Angeles’ 15 hits Tuesday night, but starting pitcher Garrett Richards left in the third inning of a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners because of irritation in his right forearm

Richards’ velocity was down. After a 92 mph pitch, a cheap jerseys trainer and Angels manager Mike Scioscia went to the mound, and the right-hander quickly walked off the field.

Pregame warmups, in http://www.wholesalejerseyspaypal.us.com/ talking to (pitching coach Charles Nagy), he was a little erratic, Scioscia said. Velocity looked good and his slider was good. His command was a little off. I think you can see that after he got through the first inning, the second inning was OK, but the third inning the velocity dropped and the quickness wasn’t there.

Richards gave up three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings. Noe Ramirez (4-3), Cam Bedrosian, Jose Alvarez, Hansel Robles and Taylor Cole combined to pitch 6 1/3 shutout innings in relief.

We’ve had our share of bullpen games that aren’t by design, Scioscia said. We’ve had a lot of times where these guys have come in the second, third or fourth inning and kept us in the game. All those guys came in and did a great job. I think Taylor Cole at the end gave us two innings to give some other guys a night off and that’s helped a lot.

His second blast, a two-run, opposite-field shot against reliever Chad Green in the seventh, glanced off the glove of leaping right fielder Aaron Judge before bouncing off the facing on top of the home bullpen. At first, the hit was ruled a long single, but after a crew chief review, the call was overturned and Machado circled the bases.

With the pair of round-trippers, Machado notched his fifth multihomer game and the 19th of his career. The O’s slugger also singled in the first inning, and drew an intentional walk in the ninth, which loaded the bases and set the stage for Jonathan Schoop’s two-out, game-winning single.

It’s been a remarkable season for him, said manager Buck Showalter. You think about the challenges we’ve faced as a team, but he’s just been as consistent as you could ask a guy to be.

Machado has been especially impressive this month, as the trade speculation surrounding him has intensified to a fever pitch. Since the start of July, he’s hitting .371 with four doubles and three homers in 10 games. His performance on Tuesday came against a Yankees team that’s one of many clubs thought to be interested in securing his services prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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