Kyle Seager and the Mariners look for another big day at the plate Friday night as they seek another win over Los Angeles at Safeco Field.
Seattle (9-15) entered this four-game set having scored three runs or fewer in eight of its last nine games, so a 6-0 victory Thursday felt explosive.
Carlos Peguero , called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to help fill in for the injured Franklin Gutierrez , launched the third-longest home run in Safeco history with a 451-foot shot in his first at-bat of the season.
Also sparking the offense with a homer was Seager, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. Seager has raised his average from .147 to .306 during the streak, going 21 for 51 (.412) with seven doubles and 11 RBIs. All three of his home runs have come in the last five games.
Seager credited a closed-door meeting held by manager Eric Wedge following Wednesday's 10-3 loss to Houston.
"He got everyone's attention," Seager said. "We know we had to play better. We played with more of an edge today."
Seattle may need another strong night from its offense with Aaron Harang (0-2, 10.24 ERA) on the mound. He's fresh off a shellacking at Texas in which he gave up eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-3 loss Sunday.
"I started guiding pitches, and ended up falling behind in counts and having to throw pitches over the plate, and that's where I got myself in trouble," said Harang, acquired from Colorado earlier this month.
While Harang has seen his individual struggles, the entire staff for the Angels (8-13) has generally been bad. Los Angeles pitchers own a 4.96 ERA, ranking near the bottom of baseball, and have allowed 28 runs and 45 hits in 37 innings this week with 15 walks and just 19 strikeouts.
The only Angels starting pitcher yet to suffer a loss is C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.13). He's lasted six innings in each of his four starts but has averaged 111.3 pitches in the last three, and his 15 walks are among the most in the AL. The left-hander didn't get a decision Sunday as he allowed three runs and five hits in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.
Command remains a serious concern for Wilson, averaging 3.9 walks per nine innings for his career after issuing four Sunday.
"I was missing with my breaking ball a lot early," Wilson told the team's official website. "It was breaking way too big, then I couldn't throw my curveball for a strike and my changeup was kind of a non-factor. I just had to go out there with a fastball, slider and cutter and compete."
Wilson has been very good against the Mariners over the last two-plus seasons, going 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts. Seager is 1 for 13 against him.
Seattle will hope Harang can regain the form he showed in two starts against the Angels last year, holding them to three earned runs over 13 innings while with the Dodgers.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|April 20, 2013||Mark Lowe||15-Day DL||Neck stiffness|
|April 13, 2013||Kevin Jepsen||15-Day DL||Right triceps tightness|
|April 11, 2013||Alberto Callaspo||Day-to-Day||Calf|
|April 11, 2013||Alberto Callaspo||15-Day DL||Right calf tightness|
|April 10, 2013||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Bruised left heel|
|April 09, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left heel|
|April 23, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 22, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Torn right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Stephen Pryor||15-Day DL||Torn right lat muscle|
|April 12, 2013||Michael Morse||Day-to-Day||Fractured finger|
|April 11, 2013||Michael Saunders||15-Day DL||Sprained right shoulder|
|April 10, 2013||Michael Saunders||Day-to-Day||Sprained right shoulder|
SEATTLE (AP) -- C.J. Wilson had `electric" stuff for the first three innings against the Seattle Mariners then it was like someone pulled the plug.
Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels ace who had a five-run lead after three innings, worked out of two tense bases-loaded jams to secure a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Friday night.
Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo provided most of the offense as each hit a two-run homer while Albert Pujols has a pair a sac-flies.
"C.J., at times, was electric tonight. And, at times, it was rough," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia . "We had a 5-run lead and he was having trouble getting the ball in the zone, putting hitters away. He had to get out of some bases-loaded jams a couple times, which is a good sign, and he minimized the damage."
Wilson (2-0) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his third save in three chances.
The Angels would not let Mariners' starter Aaron Harang (0-3) settle in. They scored in each of the first three innings for a 5-0 lead, chasing Harang before the fourth.
Peter Bourjos opened the game with a single followed by Mike Trout 's hit. Bourjos took third and scored on Albert Pujols ' sacrifice fly to center.
Conger connected in the second inning, his first home run, and Trumbo hit his third in the third.
The scoring outburst ended the Mariners' 18-0 scoring run over the Angels that included Thursday's 6-0 victory and a 12-0 decision on the final game of 2012.
The Mariners still have not won consecutive games since the season's first two games. They were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 15 runners stranded.
Kyle Seager singled in the fourth to give him a career-high 15-game hit streak, longest in the majors this season. He is batting .393 during the streak with seven doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI.
Wilson allowed just an infield single through the first three innings, throwing 35 pitches. He would through 62 pitches during his the fourth and fifth when the Mariners loaded the bases each inning with fewer than two outs.
"They were like, `OK, let's stop getting out,"' said Wilson of the Mariners hitters. "They went really aggressive the first couple innings, chasing pitches. After that, they got better as the game went on. All my hits I gave up with strikes"
Seager and Kendrys Morales opened the fourth with singles and Michael Morse earned a nine-pitch walk to load the bases with no outs. After Justin Smoak struck out, Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run. He has been hit 55 times in his career, the second time with the bases loaded.
Wilson then struck out Robert Andino and Endy Chavez .
A pair of singles by Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay in the fifth was followed by one-out walk to Morales, loading up more trouble for Wilson. But he got Morse on an infield popup and struck out Smoak.
"I was really happy not to cave in when they had the bases loaded a couple times," Wilson said. "I pitched out of some jams."
That ended in the sixth when the Mariners finally scored a pair of runs. Shoppach singled and Andino doubled. Chavez hit a sac-fly to center, scoring Shoppach and ending Wilson's evening.
Ryan then greeted reliever Sean Burnett with a first-pitch squeeze bunt, scoring Andino to make it 5-3.
"I love the way our guys fought tonight," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "When you get down early like that it can be easy for the game to get away from you."
The critical play in the game came with two outs in the sixth and Smoak on second. Pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley bounced a ball through the right side but second baseman Howie Kendrick knocked it down and it rolled a few feet away from him. Smoak was sent home.
"Once I dove and saw the ball kick off, I could see Smoak out of the corner of my eye that he rounded the base," Kendrick said. "So I just assumed he was going. Once I got the ball I got up and threw it."
Smoak was tagged out on a close play.
"That was as good of an agility play you'll see a second baseman make," Scioscia said. "First to get to the ball, knock it down then regain his feet and throw on run like that was impressive."
Notes: OF Michael Saunders (right AC joint) joined Triple-A Tacoma in Las Vegas Friday for a rehab assignment. "The earliest (return) would be Monday," Wedge said. "We'll see how he feels." Mariners' prized prospect, LHP Danny Hultzen , has been diagnosed with a strained left rotator cuff and tendinitis. He will rest and rehab for two weeks. Jason Bay , hitting .220, started as the leadoff hitter for the first time in his 10-year career. ... With Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo on the DL, Scioscia said, "what's missing is the balance they give you. They're both switch-hitters. We didn't match up as well (Thursday) as we could have."