The Angels lost two of three meetings with Texas over the weekend and are three games behind the Rangers for first place in the American League West. In a 9-5 loss on Sunday, Angels ace Jered Weaver had an usually poor outing and was reached for seven runs and eight hits in six innings.
"I don't think I missed a spot in the bullpen," Weaver said. "Come out to the mound and wasn't quite there. Obviously, I was battling all night and tried to keep us in the game."
Joel Pineiro gets the nod tonight for the Halos and will try to get his team back in gear. Pineiro is 0-3 in his last eight starts and has posted four straight no-decisions, including a 9-8 win versus Baltimore last Saturday. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Pineiro, a righty, defeated Seattle on July 9 this season and is 3-1 with a 4.57 earned run average in five career games (3 starts) against the Mariners.
Seattle was just swept in three games versus the Chicago White Sox and had won two straight and three of four games before hosting the Pale Hose.
In Sunday's 9-3 loss at Safeco Field, Jason Vargas was rocked for nine runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 frames to absorb the loss. Josh Bard hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI for the Mariners.
"We didn't execute," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "We didn't go out there and do what we needed to do offensively or on the mound."
Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and extended his hit streak to 11 games, during which he's batting .360.
Blake Beaven draws the start for the Mariners tonight and is 0-2 with a 7.27 earned run average over his last three starts. The rookie did not record a decision in Tuesday's 7-5 loss at Cleveland and permitted three runs and eight hits in six innings of work.
Beaven, who is 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA in nine starts, defeated the Angels on Aug. 6 with eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 triumph. He is 1-0 with a 1.88 earned run average in two starts against Anaheim.
The Angels have won eight of 12 meetings with Seattle this season and are 23-8 in this series since the start of the 2010 campaign.