Seattle right-hander Erasmo Ramirez says he must return to the basics.
''I need to concentrate and throw more strikes,'' he said. ''It's that simple.''
Ramirez pitched into the sixth inning in his previous six outings. But the St. Louis Cardinals got to him a lot earlier on Sunday and beat the Mariners 12-2.
Ramirez lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. St. Louis chased him with a four-run, five-hit outburst in the fourth inning.
''He just fell out of his delivery,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ''He really lost command of his fastball. It was flat and out over the plate.''
Ramirez, in his 11th start of the season, allowed one run on three hits over the first three innings. The Cardinals then sent 10 hitters to the plate in the fourth.
''There's no excuse, I've got to control that,'' Ramirez said of the big inning. ''I don't have to always be perfect.'...