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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners continued their late-season tailspin on Saturday night at Angel Stadium, courtesy of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams.

Williams gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings as the Angels beat the Mariners 6-5.

The victory put the Angels within two games of .500 for the season. The last time they were two games below .500 was July 10.

Williams picked up the victory, his fourth in a row, boosting his record to 9-10.

Seattle has now lost 11 of its last 13 games and 21 of 29. The lone bright spot to come out of the loss for the Mariners was Raul Ibanez's 300th career home run. He hit it in the ninth inning off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri into the right-field bleachers.

The Mariners' 3-2 extra-innings loss on Friday was partly due to the fact that they left 10 runners on base. Saturday's setback wasn't much different. The Mariners stranded 10 runners through seven innings, and half of those were left in scoring position. That number would have been higher if Abraham Almonte had not induced a balk out of reliever Cory Rasmus while at third base in the seventh inning.

The Angels seemed to have everything going right. The exclamation point in the victory -- their ninth in 11 games -- came in the seventh when manager Mike Scioscia called for a suicide squeeze with Colin Cowgill at third base. Mariners pitcher Joe Saunders unleashed a wild pitch and Cowgill was credited with a steal of home, giving the Angels a 6-2 lead.

The Angels were in control by that point thanks to a four-run second inning. Grant Green hit a three-run double, then scored on Andrew Romine's single to help give the Angels a 5-1 lead.

The Angels took advantage of the ineffectiveness of Saunders, who has not won a game this month and entered the game two losses shy of his career high.

Mark Trumbo walked and moved to second on a single by Chris Iannetta. Cowgill walked to load the bases, and Green delivered with a sharp grounder over the third base line and into left field. Cowgill added a solo home run in the fourth.

The Mariners got a run back in the third on Kyle Seager's groundout with the bases loaded. Williams induced Kendrys Morales into hitting a ground ball for the final out, leaving runners at second and third.

NOTES: Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson was honored before the game as the winner of the Nick Adenhart Award. ... Pitcher Jeff Weaver is continuing to nurse his stiff right forearm but remains on schedule to pitch Wednesday against Oakland. ... Mariners RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who left Friday's game with a tight right groin, was feeling better and did not require any treatment. ... Saunders took a 1-2 career record against the Angels, his former team, into the game.
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