Los Angeles (73-63) at Seattle (58-77)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Thu Sep 1, 2011
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Ervin Santana’s(notes) recent results on the road could give the Los Angeles Angels the confidence they need to keep from falling further back in the AL West.

Santana will try to win his fifth straight road start Thursday night when the Angels meet the Seattle Mariners.

Following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez(notes), the Angels (73-63) remained 3 1/2 games behind first-place Texas, which lost to Tampa Bay earlier in the night.

Rookie Mike Carp(notes) doubled home both runs for the Mariners (58-77), who have won three of the last five from the Angels. Seattle was 3-7 in its first 10 games against Los Angeles.

“I got a pitch I could hit. I had to do my job and get at least one run in. I got two,” said Carp, who also had a game-winning two-run homer in Monday’s 5-3 victory over Los Angeles.

Seattle’s hopes of continuing its better play against the Angels hinges on solving Santana (10-9, 3.24 ERA), who’s been red hot in visiting ballparks for much of the second half.

The right-hander has allowed a total of seven runs in 32 2-3 innings during his streak, highlighted by a no-hitter at Cleveland on July 27. Santana was 1-3 with a 4.53 ERA in nine road starts before turning things around.

He extended his streak despite a mediocre outing in Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Rangers. Going on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, Santana was reached for all four runs and four hits in seven innings.

“There’s always a first time for everything. I was prepared and kept focused. It was hot, but I just focused on doing my thing,” said Santana, 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against Seattle this season.

The loss came in his only appearance at Safeco Field on June 15. He’s 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 11 career starts in Seattle.

Carp, who is 4 for 7 with a solo homer off Santana, is batting .433 (13 for 30) with two homers and seven RBIs in an eight-game hitting streak against Los Angeles.

The Angels will try to salvage a split of the four-game set against Charlie Furbush(notes) (3-6, 4.87), who looks to avoid losing his third straight start.

The left-hander went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three games after being acquired July 31 from Detroit, but has been tagged for nine runs and 14 hits in eight innings en route to losses at Tampa Bay and home to the Chicago White Sox.

“I’m sure he is learning a little more about himself, about the league, with each outing,” manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners’ official website. “That’s why we felt like it was important for him to start and go out there and pitch multiple innings, to have to use all his pitches and go through some of the things that you’ve seen him go through.”

Furbush made his first major league start against the Angels on July 4, and didn’t factor in the Tigers’ 5-1 loss in Anaheim.

Howie Kendrick(notes) singled home the lone run Wednesday for the Angels. Los Angeles dropped to 17-3 all-time in Seattle when Kendrick drives in a run.

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E. Santana MIN vs. C. Furbush SEA
11-12 Record 4-10
3.38 ERA 5.48
178 K 67
72 BB 30
1.22 WHIP 1.49