Harang could be pitching for his spot in the rotation Monday in the start of a four-game series with the Padres, beginning with two contests at Safeco Field.
Losers of eight straight heading into Sunday's matchup with AL West-leading Texas, the Mariners (21-29) won 4-3 in 13 innings with Jason Bay delivering the game-winning single. He was robbed of a game-winning homer in the 11th by David Murphy after Raul Ibanez ' solo shot tied the game to lead off that frame.
"It feels great. Not just for me but for everybody," Bay said after helping Seattle end its longest slide since a 17-game stretch July 6-26, 2011. "That was a big sigh of relief for a lot of people."
The Mariners will conclude their five-game homestand with two against the Padres (22-27) before this series shifts to San Diego for games on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Padres, who have dropped four of five following Sunday's 6-5 loss at Arizona, won five of six in this matchup a year ago, including their first sweep in Seattle from June 12-14.
Harang (1-5, 8.58 ERA), 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA in three home starts, is trying to rebound from a pair of road losses. The right-hander, pitching for the first time in two weeks due to lower back stiffness, was charged with seven runs and a season-high nine hits in 3 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 12-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ."About the only good thing that came out of tonight was the fact that the back wasn't an issue," he said.
Another rough outing from Harang, who'll make his 300th start, could force manager Eric Wedge 's hand in making a switch with his rotation.
"You can't keep putting this kind of heat on the bullpen," Wedge told the Mariners' official website.
Harang, who finished 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA for San Diego in 2011, went 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts against the Padres last season while with the Los Angeles Dodgers .
San Diego is expected to push back Edinson Volquez and remove Clayton Richard (0-4, 8.54) from the disabled list to start Monday. The left-hander was placed on the DL with an intestinal virus May 5, a day after permitting seven runs - five earned - in 3 2-3 innings of an 8-1 loss to Arizona.
Richard, a loser of three consecutive starts, has since been working on improving his arm slot at Triple-A Tucson, where he went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings.
Richard has won his last five interleague starts after yielding three earned runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 9-5 home win over Seattle on June 22.
He could get his first look at Kendrys Morales , who went 6 for 14 with a homer, two doubles and a team-best five RBIs in the three-game set against Texas. Morales or Michael Morse could be at first base Monday if Justin Smoak sits out a second game with a strained oblique.
Left fielder Carlos Quentin should be the Padres' DH in at least one of the next two games. He's 6 for 11 with a homer, three doubles, two RBIs in the last three contests. Quentin's one hit in six at-bats off Harang left the park.
San Diego has won six of eight in Seattle.
|San Diego Padres|
|May 05, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Intestinal virus|
|May 03, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
|April 20, 2013||Clayton Richard||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|April 18, 2013||Tyson Ross||15-Day DL||Left shoulder subluxation|
|April 18, 2013||Tyson Ross||15-Day DL||Left shoulder subluxation|
|May 16, 2013||Aaron Harang||Day-to-Day||Lower back stiffness|
|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||60-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|
SEATTLE (AP) -- The first complete-game shutout by a Seattle pitcher in 2013 won't belong to the Mariners' $175 million man Felix Hernandez .
Try Aaron Harang .
After failing to make it out of the fourth inning in his previous start, Harang tossed a four-hit gem on Monday, shutting down the San Diego Padres in a 9-0 win. It was the first complete game for Harang since June 4, 2009 and first shutout since April 12, 2009. He struck out a season-high eight and threw 122 pitches.
And it was surprising because of how bad Harang was in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels when he gave up two home runs, nine hits and seemed on the verge of losing his spot in Seattle's rotation.
"I've been working really hard with (pitching coach) Carl (Willis) to try and get things lined up and he's looked at a lot of video. The big thing was coming out and pounding the strike zone and getting ahead in the count," Harang said. "They're an aggressive team they're going to go out swinging and I was able to get them to put the ball into play within the first couple of pitches a few times and didn't get into the count too much early on."
Harang (2-5) was helped by getting staked to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, giving him the opportunity to pitch aggressively while still having some cushion for error. Jason Bay hit his first career leadoff homer and Michael Morse added a three-run shot as part of Seattle's four-run first inning.
A day after getting the game-winning hit in the 13th inning against Texas that snapped the Mariners' eight-game losing streak, Bay got Seattle started against San Diego lefty Clayton Richard .
Bay hit the fourth pitch out to deep right-center field for his fifth homer of the season. Morse followed with his 11th homer into the right-field seats after Richard (0-5) walked Kyle Seager and gave up a double to Kendrys Morales .
"You jump out early like that, Jason Bay did a great job of being aggressive and staying the middle of the field and just good at-bats after that from Seager to Morales and the big shot by Morse," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.
Harang was dominant after struggling to get outs at various times in his previous six starts. He allowing a leadoff bloop double to Everth Cabrera , then retired 18 of the next 19 batters.
Harang took a one-hitter into the seventh inning in the best performance of his seven starts with Seattle. He was efficient with his pitches and used the favorable dimensions of Safeco Field. Three times Harang saw fly balls caught on the warning track, including center fielder Endy Chavez making a twisting grab just in front of the wall to rob Chase Headley of extra bases in the first inning.
Headley led off the seventh inning with a hard shot that deflected off the glove of a diving Morales at first base for the Padres' second hit. Headley wasn't at first long as Carlos Quentin hit a line drive right back at Harang, who got his glove up in time and was able to easily double off the runner at first.
Harang gave up a hit and walk in the eighth, but was able to finish the inning and began the ninth to a loud ovation. Harang was asked by Wedge and Wilils after the eighth how he felt. His response: "I want to finish it."
It wasn't an easy ninth. He struck out Headley on a 12-pitch at-bat to start the ninth, got Carlos Quentin looking and got a flyout from Yonder Alonso to finish it off.
"I've known Aaron a long time. He got away with some stuff today," Headley said. "There were some hard-hit balls. Not that he didn't pitch well, but I don't see a complete-game shutout."
Richard also gave up a solo homer to Kelly Shoppach in the fourth. He pitched six innings and his ERA actually dropped from 8.54 to 8.35. Seattle then added four more runs in the seventh off reliever Anthony Bass , highlighted by Morales' two-run single. Morales is hitting .500 with seven doubles and nine RBIs during his current seven-game hitting streak.
"Been working in the cage and just grinding more and more and more, trying to get better and help the team," Morales said through a translator. "(I) feel comfortable now where I want to be and just going to get better."
NOTES: Bay made just his fourth career start in the leadoff spot, all this season. It was the sixth leadoff homer already this season for the Mariners, a team record. ... San Diego optioned LHP Tommy Layne to Triple-A Tucson to clear a roster spot for Richard. ... Wedge said 1B Justin Smoak (strained oblique) is feeling a little better but no determination has been made if he'll go on the disabled list. ... Padres were shut out for the third time this season.