Los Angeles (82-62) at Seattle (54-90)

Cloudy Currently: Seattle, WA
Temp: 54° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 15, 2004
  • TV: FSW, FSNW
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Ryan Franklin hasn’t won a game in over three months.

The right-hander will try to end a 17-start winless streak when the last-place Seattle Mariners continue a four-game series with the playoff-hopeful Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field.

Franklin, who last posted a victory on June 5 against the Chicago White Sox, is expected back with the team after spending a few days in Oklahoma attending his grandmother’s funeral.

He has lost 11 straight decisions during his winless drought, including Friday’s 13-2 setback to Boston. Franklin surrendered seven runs—three earned — and six hits over 5 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking three.

Franklin left for Oklahoma immediately after the game.

“Ryan’s a tough kid and obviously (his grandmother’s passing) was on his mind,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “It has been weighing on him the last couple of days.”

Franklin is Seattle’s first 15-game loser since Erik Hanson went 8-17 in 1992.

Bobby Madritsch pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning as the Mariners held on to beat the Angels 3-2 on Tuesday, ending Anaheim’s two-game win streak.

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki got his first extra-base hit in 10 games, an RBI double in the fifth. He went 1-for-4, and with 232 hits is 25 shy of George Sisler’s 84-year-old season record with 18 games left.

The Angels remained two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West, and 4 1/2 back of wild card-leading Boston. The Red Sox lost to Tampa Bay 5-2 on Tuesday, while the A’s suffered a 12-9 setback to Texas.

Anaheim has six games remaining with Oakland.

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J. Lackey StL vs. R. Franklin StL
14-13 Record 4-16
4.67 ERA 4.90
144 K 104
60 BB 61
1.39 WHIP 1.42