Having cooled off the Los Angeles Angels for the moment, the Seattle Mariners can focus on trying to string together some victories of their own.
They can start by winning their second straight series in Anaheim and handing the Angels back-to-back defeats for the first time in a little more than a month Sunday.
After falling 3-2 in 16 innings Friday, Seattle (52-45) came through with a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles in 12 on Saturday. Justin Smoak’s RBI infield single proved to be the winner in a two-run 12th for the Mariners, who won for the third time in eight games.
”I don’t think our guys are tired. They’re resilient,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. ”It’s hard to win games at this level regardless of who you’re playing. We just happened to be playing the team with the second-best record in baseball.
”It was tough, but just like (Friday) night, we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for (Sunday).”
Though Seattle is 3-3 at home against the Angels (58-38) this season, it’s 4-1 at Anaheim.
The Angels’ franchise-record 12-game winning streak against AL West opponents ended with their fifth loss in 25 games overall and fifth in 29 at home. Los Angeles, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the division, has not dropped two in a row since June 15-16.
Seattle’s Chris Young (8-6, 3.15 ERA) has lost two straight starts, but his teammates totaled one run for both contests. In his most recent start Sunday at home, the 6-foot-10 right-hander allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-1 loss to Oakland.
Young has a 2.13 ERA while going 3-2 in his last six outings, and yielded only three solo home runs and two other hits in 14 innings while going 1-0 in his last two on the road.
He gave up a homer to Albert Pujols and one other hit in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-1 home victory over the Angels on May 26.
That was one of Pujols’ three hits in 14 at-bats against Young.
After going 0 for 7 on Friday, Mariners All-Star Kyle Seager had two hits, including a double to lead off the 12th, where he scored on Logan Morrison’s tiebreaking RBI double.
Teammate Robinson Cano hit .452 in 15 games prior to going 0 for 5 on Saturday.
Cano went 3 for 4 against Los Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs (5-5, 4.50), who allowed five runs – two earned – and struck out eight in seven innings during the May matchup with Young in his only previous appearance versus Seattle.
Skaggs went 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA during a five-start stretch prior to last Sunday when he earned the win in a 10-7 victory at Texas despite giving up six runs and seven hits in five innings.
The left-hander went 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA in his first five home starts, but is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA since then.
Mike Trout went 1 for 5 on Saturday, but is batting .349 against the Mariners this season.
It’s uncertain if Los Angeles’ Erick Aybar will play after he sat Saturday with groin soreness.
"We’re going to try to be cautious with it," manager Mike Scioscia said.
The All-Star shortstop is batting .333 during a 10-game hitting streak.