Los Angeles (34-32) at Seattle (45-22)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 16, 2003
  • TV: KCAL, FSNW
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John Lackey hopes he has snapped out of his slump.

The 24-year-old right-hander looks to build upon his best start of the season when the Anaheim Angels visit the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a four-game series between the division rivals at Safeco Field.

Lackey capped his rookie season with a brilliant performance in Game 7 of last October’s World Series against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed one run and four hits in the 4-1 triumph, striking out four and walking just one as the Angels claimed their first world championship.

But he has gotten off to a rough start to this season, going 3-5 with a 6.14 ERA over his first 13 outings.

He finally regained the form he flashed last season in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, yielding one run and five hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out a season-high eight and walked two.

“He was really into the game and looked really intense,” closer Troy Percival said. “That’s the way he has to be. I liked what I saw from him out there.”

Lackey admitted Tuesday’s performance provided some much-needed relief.

“I just think I’ve been out there competing hard every game,” he said, “but you have a little bit of success and you get fired up.”

Lackey hopes to help the Angels recover from Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the New York Mets in which they were one-hit by Steve Trachsel.

David Eckstein had the lone hit for the Angels, who have won five of eight despite the loss.

The AL-leading Mariners took two of three from the NL-leading Atlanta Braves with Sunday’s 2-1 victory as Seattle tied Atlanta for the best record in the majors (45-22).

Ichiro Suzuki had a pair of infield singles, scored both Seattle runs and stole three bases, while Bret Boone had both RBIs.

Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 11 games, batting .469 (23-for-49), to raise his average to .339; Boone is batting (28-for-73) .384 over his last 20 games.

STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, AL West. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Lackey (4-5, 5.76 ERA). Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three career starts against Seattle.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Joel Pineiro (5-5, 3.89 ERA). Pineiro is winless in two starts since tossing a four-hitter during a 6-0 win over Minnesota on May 30, allowing a combined six runs and 11 hits over 13 1-3 innings. In Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Montreal, Pineiro surrendered two runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Pineiro is 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA in nine career appearances, including five starts, against Anaheim.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .315 avg.; 15 HRs and 61 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 44 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs. Mariners - Suzuki, .339 avg. and 18 SBs; Boone, 18 HRs, 54 RBIs and 53 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - RHP Lackey is 1-3 with a 5.71 ERA in seven road starts this season. … OF Anderson is batting .316 with three doubles, one homer and five RBIs in 19 career at-bats against RHP Pineiro. … The Angels lead the AL with 62 stolen bases. Florida holds the major league lead with 84. Mariners - The Mariners are 3-5 in their last eight home games and have scored a total of 13 runs in those eight games (1.6 rpg). … 1B John Olerud went 1-for-3 Sunday to move one hit shy of 2,000 for his career. … Seattle placed INF Greg Colbrunn on the 15-day DL Sunday, retroactive to June 9, because of a strained muscle in his right side. INF Luis Ugueto was called up from Double-A San Antonio to replace Colbrunn on the roster.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 16-17 on the road; Mariners - 20-14 at home.

INJURIES: Angels - RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Mariners - INF Colbrunn (oblique), 15-day DL; OF John Mabry (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL.

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J. Lackey StL vs. J. Pineiro LAA
10-16 Record 16-11
4.63 ERA 3.78
151 K 151
66 BB 76
1.42 WHIP 1.27