Gil Meche will try to end a two-start losing streak and get back in the good graces of his manager when the last-place Seattle Mariners shoot for a surprising four-game sweep of the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.
Meche, who is tied with Jamie Moyer for the team lead in wins and paces the club with 57 strikeouts, had won three straight starts before getting pounded for 10 runs and 11 hits over 7 2-3 innings in dropping his last two outings.
The right-hander yielded a season-high seven runs and seven hits over a season-low three-plus innings in Tuesday’s 8-6 loss at Kansas City. Meche breezed through the first inning but gave up four runs in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth before getting yanked.
“He threw 11 pitches in the first inning and then 60-something over the next two,” Seattle manager Jim Hargrove said. “Somewhere between the first and second inning, the light switch got turned off.”
Meche would like to turn it back on against the Angels. He is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 career outings against Los Angeles.
The Mariners were coming off back-to-back losses at Kansas City before taking the first three games from the Angels, including Saturday’s 6-3 victory.
Richie Sexson’s two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning for Seattle, which has outscored Los Angeles 26-9 thus far this weekend.
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