The Mariners, having their worst season in 12 years, have been reduced to the role of spoilers as they face an Angels team that trails Oakland by two games for the AL West lead.
Madritsch is full of confidence after shutting out the streaking Boston Red Sox in his last start.
“I know that every time I go out there, I’m going to give our team a chance to win,” the left-hander said. “That’s the biggest thing. To go out there with confidence, and not looking at the names on people’s backs and what they did up to now.”
Madritsch pitched eight shutout innings and the Mariners ended a seven-game losing streak Thursday with a 7-1 victory over Boston. The 28-year-old left-hander gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five, becoming the first Mariners starter to win since Aug. 22.
Madritsch has a 3.15 ERA in 11 games for the Mariners this season, the best among Seattle starters.
Mariners manager Bob Melvin likes his young pitcher’s competitiveness.
“I think he relishes pitching against those teams,” Melvin said. “I think he looks forward to that. He’s a battler out there. He wants to see how his stuff compares.”
Seattle is looking to bounce back after losing the series opener against the Angels 5-1 on Monday. Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer to lead Anaheim.
The Angels moved 4 1/2 games behind idle Boston in the AL wild-card race.
Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went hitless—0-for-4 with a walk—for the third time in four games, but still is on a pace for 262 hits, which would break the 84-year-old major league single-season record of 257 set by Hall of Famer George Sisler.
Left-hander Jarrod Washburn will try to keep Suzuki’s bat in check on Tuesday. Suzuki has a .268 (11-for-41) batting average against Washburn.