Seattle (57-93) at Kansas City (67-84)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 17, 2008
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While Ichiro Suzuki is slowly moving toward a major league record, the Seattle Mariners are trying to avoid reaching an unfortunate milestone.

Suzuki and the Mariners try to avoid their seventh straight loss Wednesday night when they continue a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

Seattle’s skid continued Tuesday with a 6-3 loss, drawing it closer to the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1983. The Mariners (57-93) have averaged just 2.5 runs in the last six games and they’ve lost eight straight on the road. Seattle plays its next five away from home before ending the season with a seven-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland.

Ichiro went 1-for-4 in Tuesday’s loss to reach 197 hits for the season. He is trying to finish with 200 hits for the eighth straight year, which would tie the major league record held by Hall of Famer Willie Keeler, who did it from 1894-1901.

Ichiro is batting .317 (13-for-41) during a nine-game hitting streak.

The Royals, meanwhile, have won five straight - one shy of their longest winning streak of the season. John Buck, David DeJesus and Ryan Shealy each homered in Tuesday’s victory.

Shealy is hitting .371 (13-for-35) with five homers and 11 RBIs in nine games since he was called up from the minors on Sept. 1.

“It’s huge,” he said. “I’ve been trying to work my way back up here. It’s been great. Hopefully, I’ll keep it going.”

Kansas City has homered eight times in the last four games and is averaging 7.6 runs while batting .370 during the winning streak.

Ryan Rowland-Smith (4-2, 3.65 ERA) looks for his first win in three starts when he takes the mound on Wednesday, trying to help snap the Mariners’ skid.

Rowland-Smith has allowed three runs in each of his last two starts, leaving without a decision in both. He pitched 6 1-3 innings on Friday against the Angels, allowing four hits in the 5-3 loss.

The left-hander has made three relief appearances against the Royals this season, posting an 11.57 ERA without a decision.

Gil Meche (11-11, 4.14) counters for the Royals.

Meche allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 12-5 loss to Cleveland on Friday. He is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five starts, with the Royals losing four of those games.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA in four starts against the Mariners, his former team. On July 12, he allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings of Kansas City’s 5-4 win over Seattle.

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R. Rowland-Smith CIN vs. G. Meche KC
5-3 Record 14-11
3.42 ERA 3.98
77 K 183
48 BB 73
1.37 WHIP 1.32


Wednesday, Sep 17