Los Angeles (78-54) at Seattle (73-57)

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  • Game info: 4:35 pm EDT Wed Aug 29, 2007
  • TV: FSW, FSNW
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Beating the Los Angeles Angels is a lot easier if Vladimir Guerrero is kept in check. The Seattle Mariners have struggled to do much of either.

Guerrero looks to continue his remarkable hitting against the Mariners as the Angels seek a sweep of their key three-game series Wednesday at Safeco Field.

Guerrero matched a season high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Angels rallied from five runs down for a 10-6 victory Tuesday.

Kendry Morales added three hits, including a home run, and Orlando Cabrera also had three hits for Los Angeles (78-54), which has won three straight to open a four-game lead over Seattle in the AL West.

The Angels are 10-4 against the Mariners this season, and have won 18 of the past 24 meetings.

Guerrero has been a big part of that success, batting .509 (27-for-53) with four homers, 16 RBIs and 13 runs in 13 games this year. The eight-time All-Star is hitting .369 (96-for-260) with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs in 68 career games against Seattle.

“This is the biggest, knowing where we were down, the series, how good the Mariners are. Yes, it is,” Guerrero said through an interpreter.

Kenji Johjima had three hits, but the Mariners (73-57) lost their fourth straight. Their lead in the AL wild card race was cut to one game over the New York Yankees, who beat Boston 5-3.

“We have to get them tomorrow. That’s all there is to it,” Mariners manager John McLaren said.

The Mariners, who have compiled a 5.56 ERA during the four-game skid, won’t get a break from their upcoming schedule. They open a 10-game road trip Thursday at Cleveland before three games each against Toronto, the Yankees and Detroit.

Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.96 ERA) hopes to atone for two dismal outings earlier this season against the Mariners—he was tagged for 11 runs and 21 hits 10 2-3 innings. The right-hander was outstanding in his first two career starts against Seattle last season, but has a 9.41 ERA in the past three.

Weaver rebounded from a poor start against the Red Sox with an outstanding performance Friday in a 3-0 victory over Toronto. He scattered five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one.

“I was just able to stay consistent,” Weaver said. “Going into the fifth inning, I knew I had to raise my level of concentration - just because the Boston game got away from me in the fifth inning. I was able to make some pitches when I needed to and got out of there all right.”

Weaver is 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in his last four road starts.

Felix Hernandez (10-6, 3.90) looks to win his career-best fifth straight decision. The right-hander improved to 4-0 in his last six starts with a 4-2 victory Friday at Texas, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings. He walked one, struck out seven and left after throwing 84 pitches in 90-plus degree heat.

“The only bad thing was the weather, it was killing me,” he said. “I wanted to go to the seventh. I was tired.”

Hernandez has struggled in three starts this season against the Angels, yielding 14 runs and 22 hits in 17 2-3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA in seven career outings versus Los Angeles.

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J. Weaver LAA vs. F. Hernández Sea
13-7 Record 14-7
3.91 ERA 3.92
115 K 165
45 BB 53
1.39 WHIP 1.38

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Wednesday, Aug 29