Washburn, who leads Anaheim with 10 victories, had pitched 16 scoreless innings in winning consecutive starts before being bombed for 10 runs and a career-high 13 hits over 5 1-3 innings in Tuesday’s embarrassing 14-5 loss to Cleveland.
The left-hander, who is 3-3 over his last 11 starts after beginning the season 7-1, struck out one, walked one and was pounded for a season high-tying four homers.
“You shake your head, try to laugh it off and worry about the next one,” said Washburn, who also gave up four homers in a 7-3 loss at Oakland on July 1.
“It’s not hard to forget about something like this.”
Washburn’s inconsistency has been drastic of late. He has held opponents without an earned run in three of his last five starts while being pounded for 15 runs over 11 innings in the other two outings.
Washburn has yielded at least six runs in a start five times this year, but has often been bailed out by strong offensive support. The Angels have scored in double digits in seven of Washburn’s 19 starts.
Anaheim used a five-run seventh inning, highlighted by Darin Erstad’s two-run homer, to beat the Mariners 8-4 on Saturday. Robb Quinlan had three hits and three RBIs for the Angels, who have won three straight since a four-game losing streak.
Randy Winn went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs for the Mariners, who had won four of five before the Angels showed up at Safeco. Anaheim has taken seven of eight meetings from Seattle this season.