Seattle (56-66) fell 3-0 on Friday for its 18th straight loss to an AL West foe, setting a major league record for most consecutive defeats in divisional play. Detroit lost 17 straight from 1996-97.
The last-place Mariners have dropped nine straight overall and are 10-30 against AL West opponents.
Los Angeles (64-59) remained in second place in the West with Friday’s win and pulled within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Oakland Athletics.
The Angels have used stellar work from their starters to win the first two games of this series. Kelvim Escobar gave up one run over seven innings in Thursday’s 5-2 victory and Jered Weaver improved to 9-0 in his career Friday by yielding three hits over seven innings.
Weaver joined Whitey Ford as the only rookies in AL history to win their first nine decisions.
Los Angeles bench coach Ron Roenicke improved to 2-0 while manager Mike Scioscia serves his three-game suspension for his role in Wednesday’s brawl against Texas.
Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero is 3-for-6 with four RBIs in this series, including a run-scoring single in the first inning on Friday. Guerrero is 18-for-53 with 12 RBIs against Seattle this season.
Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki did not start Friday’s game, although he grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning to appear in his 361st consecutive game dating to 2004. Suzuki is 15-for-77 (.195) over his last 18 games.
“Every player needs a break, every player needs a day off, and it’s just Ichiro’s turn,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “There’s nothing beyond that. It’s just a day off.”
Los Angeles starter John Lackey (10-9, 3.35 ERA) seeks to avoid losing four straight starts for the first time in his career Saturday. He’s 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts in August after allowing three runs and 11 hits over seven innings in a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday.
“I was able to minimize the damage, give our team a chance to win,” said Lackey, who dropped a career-high four straight decisions from May 13-June 5, 2004. “If you’re going to be a playoff team, you’ve got to figure out ways to win games like that.”
The right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.38 ERA in his last five starts against Seattle, including an 0-2 mark and 9.77 ERA in three outings this year.
Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson is 4-for-8 with six RBIs against Lackey this season.
Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn (6-11, 4.30) faces his former team for the fourth time this year. Washburn is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 2006 against the Angels, the team he pitched for in his first eight seasons.
The left-hander has struggled on the road this year, going 2-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 12 starts.