The Seattle Mariners are reaching new lows on the road.
Having dropped a team record 15 straight away from home, the last-place Mariners begin a four-game series with the Anaheim Angels.
Seattle is four road losses shy of matching the American League record of 19 set by the Philadelphia A’s in 1916. The New York Mets hold the major league record with 22 straight road defeats from June 16-July 28, 1963.
Seattle is coming off a three-game sweep by the Oakland Athletics, including Wednesday’s 3-2 loss. The Mariners blew a one-run lead in the eight inning as Eric Byrnes hit a tying solo homer in the eighth off Seattle reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa.
“We can’t get three outs to get to our closer and I don’t know how many times that has happened this year,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We can’t just give up a double, we have to give up a homer.”
The Mariners surpassed the former team record of 14 straight road losses from May 21-June 21, 1988. Their last road win this year was June 20 at Pittsburgh.
Closer Eddie Guardado shouted in frustration by his locker afterward Wednesday’s loss, the yelling directed at no one in particular.
“It’s tough as a team,” said veteran lefty Jamie Moyer. “We’re really struggling. It hasn’t gone well all year. We have to continue to work. Anyone can give up. It’s a matter of pride now.”
The last team to lose 15 straight road games was Oakland, from May 24-June 23, 1986.
The Angels, meanwhile, have won five of seven, including a 2-0 win over the first-place Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Percival became the 18th member of the 300-save club, getting Mark Teixeira to ground out to first to end the game. It was only his fourth opportunity to close a game since June 1. He spent two weeks on the disabled list because of inflammation in his elbow.
The third-place Angels pulled within four games of the Rangers with the win.