SEATTLE (AP) — Jerome Williams can’t keep the Los Angeles Angels in games, and he can’t stick around too long, either.
The Angels right-hander lasted just 3 1-3 innings on Friday night, rocked by the Seattle Mariners for seven hits and six runs in an 8-3 loss.
This outing came on the heels of his previous start, last Saturday against Boston, in which he worked just three innings and was tagged for four runs and seven hits. Three days earlier against St. Louis, he went just 1 2-3 innings, allowing seven runs and four hits.
“Right now we’re a little banged up waiting for some guys to come back,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Jerome has hit a little rough patch in the last three starts but I think some simple adjustments, hopefully he’ll get back to where he needs to be.
“Out of the 17 hitters he faced, he must have been in hitting counts with almost all of them. It was tough.”
Williams (5-5), who hasn’t won since June 12, entered with a 4-1 record and a 2.74 ERA in 10 career appearances against Seattle.
“I’m getting behind in the count and have to leave a pitch over the middle of the plate and get hit,” Williams said. “I’ve got to control counts better.”
Raul Ibanez homered twice to give him 24 this season. He has the fourth most homers in a season for a 41-year-old player, five shy of tying Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ record of 29 set in 1960 — his final season with Boston.
“My career should not be mentioned in the same breath as Ted Williams,” Ibanez said, “but I did look at his season at 41 a few years back as inspiration to see if guys back then could still do it late in their careers.
“I knew that he had 29 home runs.”
Ibanez had a fourth-inning blast 438 feet into the right-field second deck — his longest of the season — off Williams. He added a 421-foot shot to center in the seventh off Garrett Richards. It was his 19th career multiple home run game — third this season. He has 150 home runs with the Mariners.
“That means a lot,” Ibanez said of the milestone. “I learned to play that game here. I learned the Mariner way, to respect the game, to play hard and do it the right way.”
Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales added home runs as the Mariners broke the franchise record by homering in their 20th consecutive game. They did it in 19 straight from Sept. 7-27, 1999. The major league record is 27 set by Texas in 2002.
“I don’t care what number is next to his age,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Ibanez. “Right now his bat speed is terrific and his swing looks good. Against us especially, he’s not missing too many fastballs. If you put it in his spot, he’s not missing it.”
Former Angels pitcher Joe Saunders (8-8) earned the victory. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He is 5-3 with a 2.37 ERA in his last nine starts. In 17 career starts at Safeco Field, he is 11-3 with a 2.62 ERA.
“Just like the last time he pitched against us (a complete-game 1-0 loss), he had good stuff,” Scioscia said. “His velocity is bouncing back from where it was the last couple years. He threw strikes, pitched ahead in the count and it kept us off balance. He pitched a good game for those guys.”
The Angels had back-to-back doubles in the second, but didn’t score.
Mark Trumbo hit a one-out double into the right-center gap. Alberto Callaspo then lofted a ball down the right-field line that landed in front of three fielders and just inside the line. Trumbo had to hold up, and couldn’t score. Saunders struck out the next two batters.
“It’s definitely nice to come up and get those big strikeouts there,” Saunders said, “and get us back in the dugout with a little bit of momentum.”
Seager opened the second with a homer to right, his 15th. That extended his hitting streak to 12 games, his third double-digit run this season.
With Saunders gone, the Angels had a three-run eighth off three relievers. Mike Trout had a RBI triple, Albert Pujols had a RBI single, and Trumbo added an RBI.
NOTES: The Mariners sent RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who started Thursday, to Class A Everett and RHP Blake Beavan to Triple-A Tacoma. LHP Bobby LaFromboise and RHP Hector Noesi were recalled. The club wants to keep Ramirez in rotation during the All-Star break. Seattle also wants Beavan to establish a starting role. It is LaFromboise’s second stint with the Mariners and Noesi’s third. … Los Angeles RHP Tommy Hanson (right forearm strain) will throw a simulated game Saturday. Three other pitchers, RHP Ryan Madson (right elbow), LHP Sean Burnett (left elbow impingement), and LHP Jason Vargas (blood clot) are throwing but not close to returning.