Los Angeles (82-63) at Seattle (55-90)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 16, 2004
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Aaron Sele will try to end a string of poor outings and help the Anaheim Angels remain in the thick of the playoff race as they complete a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Sele was pounded for eight runs—four earned— over a season-low 1 2-3 innings in a 13-6 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The right-hander gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-7 loss to Boston on Sept. 1.

Sele, who won eight of his first nine decisions this year, was handed the fifth starter’s spot over fellow right-hander Ramon Ortiz earlier this month as manager Mike Scioscia set his rotation for the stretch run.

“Aaron had good stuff but he didn’t make the pitches in situations,” Scioscia said after Saturday’s loss. “It’s unfortunate that everything is going to be magnified at this time of year.”

After taking the series opener 5-1 on Monday, the Angels have dropped two straight, including Wednesday’s 1-0 setback.

Anaheim remained three games behind Oakland in the AL West race, but fell 5 1/2 back of the Boston Red Sox for the wild card.

Garret Anderson went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but has a homer and 10 RBIs in his last six games. Anderson is a career .370 (27-for-27) hitter with five homers, eight doubles and 15 RBIs against Seattle starter Jamie Moyer, who hasn’t won since June 18 at Pittsburgh.

A career-high 21-game winner last season, Moyer lost his career-worst ninth straight decision with Saturday’s 9-0 setback to Boston. The 41-year-old left-hander allowed seven runs, five hits and three walks over five innings. He has allowed at least four runs in each of his last eight starts.

The 18-year veteran has recorded at least 13 wins in each of his previous eight seasons.

“In the last three years, he’s been so locked in there hasn’t been a lot of gray area with him,” Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price said of Moyer. “He is in a state of trying to figure out how he can gain consistency.”

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 on Wednesday, moving within 24 hits of tying the major league single-season record set by Hall of Famer George Sisler in 1920 for St. Louis. Suzuki has 233 hits with 17 games remaining.

The Mariners have won three of four after losing nine of 10.

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Starting Pitchers

A. Sele NYM vs. J. Moyer Tor
9-4 Record 7-13
5.05 ERA 5.21
51 K 125
51 BB 63
1.62 WHIP 1.39