The Mariners accomplished something Thursday night that had escaped them for virtually all of their misbegotten six-game road trip in Texas over the past week: They looked like a major-league baseball team.

They got a well-pitched game from rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer; a couple of home runs, including a mammoth shot from Carlos Peguero; and some of their best defense of the 2013 season in shutting down the Los Angeles Angels, 6-0 in front of exactly 13,000.

Asked what the flight home was like from Houston after the M's dropped a second series in April to the lowly Astros — and got a tongue-lashing afterward from manager Eric Wedge — Maurer said simply, "I think we were excited to come out here and play in front of the home crowd and try to get a win."

That they did, led by the effort from Maurer, who put forth a third-straight quality start after two miserable ones to open his major-league career earlier this month.

"I think he learned a great deal from those first two starts," said Wedge. "It's typical of a young starting pitcher with ability. You still have to get up here and see things for yourself, and learn a great deal early on. He's done a great job of settling in."

Maurer lasted into the seventh inning, pitching against the franchise he saw first hand growing up in Orange County. He allowed seven hits and got flawless defense from the Mariners, who turned three-straight double plays from the fifth through the seventh innings, and also benefited when catcher Kelly Shoppach gunned down Mike Trout trying to steal in the sixth — just the sixth time that's happened to Trout in 58 tries over two seasons.

With the sweep by Texas last weekend and the series loss to Houston, dropping their record to 8-15, there was mounting speculation that the M's might be starting to bury themselves before Cinco de Mayo. But if there were any such ominous thoughts in the clubhouse, they weren't evident on the field, as just about everything clicked for Seattle.

Kyle Seager had three hits, including a two-run, eighth-inning homer to right, to raise his average to .306 and extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

"Overall, he had a really solid year last year," Wedge said. "He's just continued to build off that. For a young player, he's very heady. He knows himself well. He's always been a little bit ahead in that regard, understanding his swing, seeing things for what they are in regards to whom he's competing against."