Seattle (29-50) at San Diego (32-49)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 28, 2008
  • TV: FSNW, Ch4
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If Seattle’s Carlos Silva is ever going to break out of the worst stretch of his career, facing the San Diego Padres could help him get it done.

Silva looks to avoid a 10th straight losing decision while trying to help the Mariners secure a second straight winning series when they continue their road set with the struggling Padres on Saturday night.

After signing a four-year deal worth more than $40 million in December, Silva (3-9, 5.92 ERA) has been one of the majors’ biggest disappointments for Seattle (29-50), owner of baseball’s worst record although it managed to take two of three at the New York Mets prior to this series.

The right-hander went 3-0 over his first six contests, but is 0-9 with an 8.53 ERA in his last 10 starts. He allowed four runs and nine hits—including three homers—in four innings of an 8-3 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.

“I feel bad because I’m not doing my job right now,” Silva told the Mariners’ official Web site. “But I don’t feel bad because I’m giving up or I’m not working. I’ve been working hard trying to get better.”

Silva has a chance to break out of his slump against San Diego (32-49), which is tied with Washington for the NL’s worst record and has lost six in a row after falling 5-2 to the Mariners on Friday night. He has a 5.56 ERA while not factoring in the decisions of his two career starts versus San Diego.

On Friday, Adrian Beltre drove in three runs while Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Lopez each had three hits for Seattle, which won for the third time in four games despite stranding a club-record 18 runners.

“We probably didn’t do as well as we wanted to, but we got the job done. We got the win,” said Beltre, who has five RBIs in four games against San Diego this season.

Suzuki, meanwhile, is 7-for-14 against San Diego in 2008.

Seattle will face a familiar face Saturday when San Diego’s Cha Seung Baek (1-3, 5.27) makes his first start against the Mariners since they traded him to the Padres for right-hander Jared Wells on May 28.

Baek, who went 9-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 24 career starts for the Mariners since 2004, is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA in four starts since coming to San Diego. The right-hander, who is in the rotation because of injuries to Chris Young and Shawn Estes, allowed six runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-5 loss to Detroit last Saturday.

Brian Giles had three hits and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer Friday for San Diego, which has lost 10 of 11 and dropped to 3-13 against AL teams this season.

“Guys are frustrated,” Padres manager Bud Black told the team’s official Web site. “These last two weeks have been a little rough.”

Giles, 6-for-14 in his last four games, is batting .750 (12-for-16) with three doubles and a triple versus Seattle in 2008.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva Bos vs. C. Baek SD
4-15 Record 6-10
6.46 ERA 4.79
69 K 92
32 BB 43
1.60 WHIP 1.34


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