Seattle (24-22) at Los Angeles (31-20)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Mon May 28, 2007
  • TV: FSNW, FSW
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Bartolo Colon looks to help the Los Angeles Angels continue their recent home dominance of the Seattle Mariners on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.

Coming off a sweep of the New York Yankees, the first-place Angels (31-20) will try for their eighth straight home win over the Mariners. Los Angeles is 5-1 against Seattle this season.

Colon (5-1, 4.57 ERA) is 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six starts against Seattle, including 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA this season. The right-hander, who is 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA in 24 starts against the Mariners, will try to bounce back from his first loss of the season.

He allowed a season-high six runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings in the Angels’ 8-7 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

“It was just one of those nights where he didn’t have his normal stuff,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who will be back in the dugout Monday after missing the final two games in New York to attend his son’s high school graduation.

Colon will try to cool off the second-place Mariners (24-22), who won 7-4 at Kansas City on Sunday to sweep the three-game set and improve to 5-2 on their current 10-game road trip.

Los Angeles rallied for a 4-3 victory at New York on Sunday to finish 4-2 on its road trip with its 14th win in 18 games.

Casey Kotchman went 1-for-2 with a run scored and is hitting .571 (12-for-21) in his last six games. He is batting .412 (7-for-17) with four RBIs against the Mariners this season.

Vladimir Guerrero went 0-for-4 Sunday, but is 10-for-19 (.526) with three homers and seven RBIs against the Mariners in 2007 and 9-for-17 in his career against Miguel Batista, who will start for Seattle on Monday.

Batista (4-4, 5.61) avoided a third straight loss when he allowed one run and seven hits in six innings to beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Wednesday.

The right-hander, who is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA in nine appearances - four starts - against Los Angeles, was roughed up by the Angels last month. Batista allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings of an 8-4 loss at Los Angeles on April 20.

The Mariners will try to match a season high with a fourth straight win Sunday. They are batting .369 with 38 runs scored and 59 hits in their last four games.

“Hitting can be very streaky, so obviously we’re in a good streak right now,” Mariners hitting coach Jeff Pentland told the team’s official Web site. “I think we are a little more patient at the plate.”

Jose Vidro and Raul Ibanez each drove in two runs Sunday and Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 20 games—the longest current streak in the majors.

Suzuki is batting .432 (38-for-88) during his run. He’s hitting .444 (12-for-27) against the Angels this season.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Batista Col vs. B. Colón NYM
16-11 Record 6-8
4.29 ERA 6.34
133 K 76
85 BB 29
1.52 WHIP 1.62

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Monday, May 28