Anaheim (81-61) at Seattle (53-89)

Cloudy Currently: Seattle, WA, US
Temp: 56° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 13, 2004
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With their eyes on the top spot in the AL West, the Anaheim Angels know they can ill afford any losses to the last-place Seattle Mariners.

Right-hander Kelvim Escobar will try to get the Angels off to a good start when they open a four-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field.

With 20 games remaining, all against division opponents, Anaheim trails first-place Oakland by two in the West and trails Boston by five in the AL wild-card race.

Escobar, who is 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA over his last seven starts, was on the losing end of a 1-0 decision against Toronto on Wednesday. The Venezuelan right-hander allowed five hits while striking out a career-high 12 over eight innings.

Teammate Bartolo Colon pitched seven sharp innings Sunday as the Angels pounded the Chicago White Sox 11-0.

Garret Anderson had three hits and three RBIs for Anaheim.

However, not all the news was good. After singling twice and driving in a run, Darin Erstad was forced to leave the game after the fourth because of tightness in his lower back. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn’t expect Erstad to miss any playing time.

Seattle, which has lost nine of its last 11, is coming off an encouraging four-game split with red-hot Boston.

Right-hander Gil Meche pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer to lead the Mariners to a 2-0 win on Sunday.

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4, boosting his hit total to 231. With 20 games remaining, the Japanese outfielder needs 27 to break the 84-year-old major league record of 257 by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Escobar MIL vs. C. Baek SD
11-12 Record 2-4
3.93 ERA 5.52
191 K 20
76 BB 11
1.29 WHIP 1.48