A more patient approach at the plate helped the Los Angeles Angels win the final two games in their latest series. They'll try to get their next one off to a victorious start with another successful performance against the Seattle Mariners' Aaron Harang.
The Angels try to match their longest win streak of the season Tuesday night while beating Harang for the second time in 2013.
Los Angeles (17-27) registered a combined 18 runs and 19 hits in the final two of its four-game set against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend. The Angels also drew 16 walks in those two games, matching the total from their previous six contests, and got two with the bases loaded in a 6-2 victory Sunday.
"It's what you try to do every game. You want to try to get good at-bats, pressure the other club," manager Mike Scioscia told the team's official website. "We combined all the things ... Definitely the patience, taking some walks, some good clutch hitting with runners in scoring position and some good baserunning."
Scioscia's club will try to keep it going by jumping on Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA) early again. The Angels got five runs off the right-hander in three innings of a 6-3 victory April 26.
Harang is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles.
Harang enters this matchup having allowed two runs over six innings in each of his last two outings, but he had to skip his scheduled start Thursday because of stiffness in his lower back.
"We anticipate everything being fine," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website Monday.
The Mariners (20-25) head to Anaheim after a season-high four straight losses, all coming in Cleveland. They blew one-run leads in the ninth and 10th innings in a 10-8 defeat Monday.
The Indians won three of the four games in their last at-bat.
"It was another weird game," Wedge said. "We kept coming back and kept taking lead. We just weren't able to make plays and pitches when we needed to. ... There's been seven games on this road trip and we could have easily won six of them. We're that close."
The sweep in Cleveland followed an 11-5 stretch that included two wins in three games against the Yankees to begin this trip, which ends Wednesday.
Seattle won three of four over the visiting Angels from April 25-28 and won five of nine in Anaheim last season. Prior to that, the Mariners had lost 20 of 24 at Angels Stadium.
Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.05) was hardly at his best in his most recent start against Seattle, at home June 6. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-6 defeat after going 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in his previous three starts against the Mariners.
After losing in his return to the rotation May 5 against Baltimore, Williams has allowed four runs in 12 2-3 innings over his last two starts - both against the White Sox. The Angels bullpen blew a two-run lead Thursday after Williams gave up two runs in six innings.
"It's frustrating," Williams said. "But all we can do is pat each other on the back, support them."
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has faced Harang more than any other hitter, going 23 for 74 (.311) with six doubles and five homers.
The Mariners haven't dropped five straight since Aug. 5-10.