Zito is 0-3 for the first time after surrendering two runs and four hits over eight innings in a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. He was outpitched by Bartolo Colon, who yielded one run and two hits over seven innings.
Zito took no solace in pitching well enough to win.
“At this point, I can’t really focus on stats,” Zito said. “I just have to think about my next start and I’ll be all right.”
The 26-year-old left-hander is 7-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 15 career starts against Seattle. However, Zito is 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in eight starts at Safeco Field.
Oakland fell to 1-1 on a seven-game road trip against AL West rivals with a 3-0 loss at Texas on Tuesday. The Athletics managed six hits and were hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Center fielder Mark Kotsay had his six-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4.
The Mariners are back home after completing a 4-3 road trip with a 5-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday. Richie Sexson and Raul Ibanez each homered during a four-run first inning and Jamie Moyer improved to 3-0 with six effective innings.
Sexson was back in the lineup Monday after sitting out a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox with the flu. He was hitless in his final four-bats Tuesday after connecting for a three-run homer in the first inning.
“The first at-bat he felt decent,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “After that, he absolutely went down the tubes.”
The Mariners, who are in the midst of a stretch of 19 of 27 games on the road, are beginning a five-game homestand.
“We’re not home much in April at all,” Hargrove said. “But we’re not the only ones who have to do that. We’d rather have it now than later.”