Seattle (57-94) at Los Angeles (85-66)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 22, 2004
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The Anaheim Angels need Bartolo Colon to come up big—again.

The right-hander will shoot for his fourth straight win as the playoff-hopeful Angels close out a three-game series against Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners.

Colon, who signed a four-year, $51 million contract in the offseason, suffered through a brutal first half before emerging as Anaheim’s ace during the stretch run to the postseason. He has won each of his last three starts and 11 of 14 decisions overall to keep the Angels in the thick of the playoff hunt.

Colon beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 on Friday, giving up three runs and three hits while striking out seven over seven strong innings.

The Angels lost 7-3 on Tuesday to fall 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. However, Anaheim remained just 2 1/2 games back of AL West-leading Oakland, and will begin a critical three-game series with the Athletics on Friday.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Anaheim learned that second baseman Adam Kennedy, the MVP of the AL championship series in 2002, will not play the rest of the season. Kennedy tore ligaments in his right knee Monday night while trying to make a difficult play on Suzuki’s ground single up the middle.

Kennedy, one of the few Angels regulars who had not been sidelined by a serious injury this year, batted .278 in 144 games with 48 RBIs and 10 home runs. He also had a 54-game errorless streak.

“It’s a big loss,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Adam’s an integral part of what we’ve done to get in this race. Hopefully, there’s a chance that surgery can be avoided, but it’s still going to be a long rehab.”

Chone Figgins started at second Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

“Figgy’s a great player, and hopefully he’ll step in and do the same thing,” Angels shortstop David Eckstein said.

Suzuki went 5-for-5 for the Mariners on Tuesday to pull within 14 hits of George Sisler’s major league season record of 257 set in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns. Suzuki, who raised his batting average to a major league-leading .372, has 11 games left to catch Sisler.

Suzuki is batting .375 (9-for-24) with two homers and three RBIs in his career against Colon.

Scott Spiezio, who signed with the Mariners on Dec. 17, 2003 after four seasons in Anaheim, drove in four runs against his former team Tuesday.

The victory, which snapped a three-game slide, helped the Mariners avoid going 39 games below .500 for the first time this season. Seattle must win six of its last 11 games to avoid its first 100-loss season since 1983.

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Starting Pitchers

G. Meche KC vs. B. Colón NYM
7-7 Record 18-12
5.01 ERA 5.01
99 K 158
47 BB 71
1.46 WHIP 1.37