Seattle (90-67) at Los Angeles (73-84)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 23, 2003
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Freddy Garcia may have a good track record against the Anaheim Angels, but the Seattle Mariners will need more than just a solid effort from him if they are to inch closer to the postseason.

Garcia will look to solve the Angels once again and help the Mariners make up ground in the AL wild-card race when the teams meet in the middle game of their series.

Seattle sits four games behind Oakland in the AL West and 2 1/2 back of Boston for the wild card with five games to play.

Despite its 5-1 victory on Monday, Seattle didn’t make up any ground on either of those teams. The A’s defeated Texas, and Boston beat Baltimore.

“It is pretty apparent what we have to do here, and that is win today and the next day,” said Mariners manager Bob Melvin, whose team won for the fourth time in six games. “We’re at a point now where we need a little help. We have to help ourselves and get help from someone else.”

Garcia is 1-1 with a 0.47 ERA in his last three starts, and is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in three starts against the Angels this year. In 15 career starts against Anaheim, he is 10-2 with a 2.46 ERA. The 10 wins are his most against any opponent.

Randy Winn hit an inside-the-park homer, and Bret Boone homered and had three hits for the Mariners on Monday.

Winn has a seven-game hitting streak, during which the left fielder is batting .407 (11-for-27). Boone is 14-for-32 (.438) over his last eight games.

The defending World Series champion Angels have dropped 10 of 13.

Garret Anderson returned to the lineup after tightness in his lower back forced him to miss his first two games of the season, and went 0-for-4 to snap an eight-game hitting streak.

STANDINGS: Mariners - 2nd place, 4 GB, AL West. Angels - 3rd place, 21 GB, AL West.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Garcia (12-14, 4.66 ERA). A rain delay forced Garcia to leave his start at Texas on Thursday after four innings, and the Mariners went on to lose 2-1. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. Garcia is in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time in his five-year career. He won 16 games last year, and is 72-43 overall.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Scot Shields (4-6, 3.11 ERA). Despite turning in his best performance in more than a month, Shields lost 2-1 to visiting Oakland on Wednesday. The right-hander went a season-high eight innings, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out six. He had allowed at least three runs in each of his previous five starts. Shields is making his first start of the season against the Mariners, after having no record and a 1.80 ERA in four relief appearances against them this year. Shields is 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in nine games, including one start, against Seattle.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .312 avg., 110 runs and 33 SBs; Boone, 34 HRs and 114 RBIs. Angels - Anderson, .315 avg., 29 HRs, 116 RBIs and 77 runs; Adam Kennedy, 22 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 11-6.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - LF Winn’s inside-the-park homer was the second of his career, and the 20th in Mariners’ history. … 1B John Olerud had his nine-game hitting streak snapped Monday. … DH Edgar Martinez needs two more RBIs to tie the club record of seven 100-RBI seasons, held by Ken Griffey Jr. Angels - RHP Shields is 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA at home this season. … LF Anderson, who has never been on the DL since making his big league debut in 1994, is third in the AL with 116 RBIs. … RF Tim Salmon has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, recording two homers, six doubles and eight RBIs over that span.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 43-36 on the road; Angels - 41-36 at home.

INJURIES: Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Rett Johnson (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Thornton (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL; C Bengie Molina (wrist), 60-day DL; 1B-DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 60-day DL.

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F. Garcia Atl vs. S. Shields LAA
12-14 Record 5-6
4.51 ERA 2.85
144 K 111
71 BB 38
1.33 WHIP 1.19