(SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Richards will try to remain unbeaten on the season Wednesday afternoon when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wrap a quick two-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Richards is 3-0 with a 2.80 earned run average this year, but has just one win over his last five starts. That victory came on May 3 versus Texas as he allowed three runs over six innings.
The right-hander was last in action in Toronto on Friday and did not factor into his club's 4-3 win despite yielding two runs on five hits and two walks over seven frames. He also struck out six and sits 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five road assignments on the season.
Richards, 25, has never before faced the Phillies, who will counter with a veteran in A.J. Burnett who is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing.
Burnett had allowed five runs over his previous five starts before getting hit hard in Toronto on Thursday. The 37-year-old righty yielded seven runs -- six earned -- over six innings, and three of the nine hits he allowed were homers.
Burnett fell to 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA on the year following the loss and will make his ninth career start against the Angels, who he is 2-2 against lifetime to go along with a 4.75 ERA.
The Angels picked up a 4-3 win in last night's opener in a contest that marked a homecoming for Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout.
Trout, who grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey, received a standing ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd in his first at-bat and finished 1- for-5 as he returned to the area for the first time as a big leaguer.
"It means a lot to me the way they cheered for me. That was pretty cool," Trout said.
Luis Jimenez had a two-run double during a four-run sixth inning for the Angels, who have won four of their last five games overall. Matt Shoemaker picked up the victory in the start, allowing two runs over five innings.
Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee kept the Angels off the board for the first five innings before two Cody Asche errors at third base contributed to Lee allowing four unearned runs in the sixth.
"All I control are the pitches that I make," said Lee. "When you don't play complete baseball it's hard to win at this level. When the pitcher's not throwing strikes, your team's not swinging the bat or you're not playing solid defense -- it's hard to win if any of those are missing. We just gotta do a better job at playing well-rounded baseball."
Asche added another error in the seventh frame to become the first Phillies third baseman to record three errors in a single game since David Bell on May 17, 2005.
That led to the Phillies losing for the sixth time in eight games.
The Angels and Phillies have not met since Los Angeles swept a three-game set in Philadelphia in 2008. The Angels have won six in a row in the series.