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The Associated Press

In a Los Angeles Angels lineup that features at least one future Hall of Famer, Mark Trumbo may be the most dangerous hitter these days.

The Seattle Mariners are all too familiar with what Trumbo can do.

Trumbo looks to build on perhaps his most impressive offensive performance of the season as the Angels play the deciding contest of their three-game home set against the Mariners on Wednesday night.

Albert Pujols finally seems to be hitting his stride in his first season in Los Angeles (29-28), batting .357 with four homers and 11 RBIs in the past 12 games, but it's Trumbo's staggering production that has been a source of consistency for the Angels.

In his second full season in the majors, the first baseman leads the Angels with a .337 average and 12 homers, and his 31 RBIs are tied Pujols for most on the club.

"I don't check the numbers too much," Trumbo said. "I really don't care about my batting average, as long as it's within a respectable range. The numbers that matter to me are the power numbers, driving the ball and getting on base. I mean, I'm pleased with where I'm at, but I'm more pleased that we've been playing well as a team."

Trumbo provided much of the offense in Tuesday's 6-1 win over Seattle (25-33), going 4 for 4 with a career-high two homers and four RBIs.

He continues to feast on Seattle pitching at home, batting .405 with seven homers and 12 RBIs in his last 11 games versus the Mariners in Anaheim. He's one reason why the Angels have won 21 of their last 26 home games against the Mariners, although Seattle took the opener of this three-game set, 8-6 on Monday.

Jerome Williams (6-2, 3.68 ERA) gets the ball Wednesday for the Angels looking to remain unbeaten in Anaheim.

The right-hander is 8-0 with a 2.32 ERA in 11 games - eight starts - at Angel Stadium since returning to the majors last season following three-plus years toiling in the minors.

Williams has won all five of his home starts this year with a 2.17 ERA. He yielded two runs in seven innings of Friday's 4-2 home win over AL West-leading Texas.

"I just feel comfortable here," Williams told the Angels' official website. "The fans, the atmosphere, all the guys, being at home, being on my home mound. It feels good. I think that can all play into it."

Williams has won all three of his career starts against the Mariners while compiling a 3.43 ERA. He defeated them at Safeco Field on May 26, allowing three runs in six innings of a 5-3 victory.

He'll be opposed by Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.51), who hasn't won on the road since his major league debut more than a year ago.

The right-hander won that debut at Baltimore with the New York Yankees on May 18, 2011, but is 0-4 with a 7.74 ERA in 21 games - seven starts - on the road since. Six of those starts have come with Seattle in 2012, and he's gone 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in those outings.

Noesi's road woes continued Saturday, when he surrendered six runs and three homers in 4 1-3 innings at Chicago but escaped without a decision after Seattle won 10-8 in 12 innings.

"When you work so hard to get ahead of big league hitters, you've got to be able to finish them off," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website. "What I saw was him trying to make pitches instead of being aggressive and making pitches with two strikes. If you try to place it there, you just leave yourself more room for error."

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