Seattle (39-62) at Los Angeles (54-48)

Fair Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 58° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 30, 2004
  • TV: FSNW, FSW
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Gil Meche is getting a second chance in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation.

He’ll make his first start in two months when the Mariners continue a four-game series with the Anaheim Angels.

Meche emerged as one of Seattle’s bright young pitchers last year, going 15-13 with a 4.59 ERA in a career-high 32 starts. However, the 25-year-old right-hander was unable to follow up the performance during the first two months of this season, going 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA in 10 outings before being demoted to the minors June 3.

An elbow injury to starter Joel Pineiro paved the way for Meche’s callup from Triple-A Tacoma, giving him an opportunity to make his first big league appearance since he lasted just two innings in Seattle’s 6-5 loss to Toronto on June 1.

Meche went 1-3 with a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts for Tacoma, striking out 45 and walking 27 in 54 innings.

“I was told to go down there and get some good starts,” he said. “I took a good attitude with me and I never got aggravated at anything. I just tried to have fun and work hard every day.

“I think that was the biggest key, not getting upset with anything,” he added. “It’s not like I was put there. I pitched my way there.”

The Mariners had lost a franchise-record 15 straight road games before taking Thursday’s series opener 6-5 in 13 innings. Bret Boone delivered the go-ahead run with a clutch RBI single in the top of the 13th, plating Ichiro Suzuki, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

Suzuki went 5-for-7 with two runs scored as Seattle won away from Safeco Field for the first time since a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh on June 20. The Mariners hadn’t won an AL road game since May 29 in Boston.

Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-6 with a homer, but committed a key base-running blunder in the bottom of the 12th that may have cost the Angels the game. After Garret Anderson started the inning with a single, Guerrero drilled a base hit to center. Anderson went to third, but Guerrero got caught between first and second and was thrown out as Seattle reliever Bobby Madritsch worked out of further trouble.

The Angels have lost three of five to slip 3 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Oakland.

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G. Meche KC vs. R. Ortiz Tor
7-7 Record 5-7
5.01 ERA 4.43
99 K 82
47 BB 38
1.46 WHIP 1.38