When the two clubs play Wednesday in Angel Stadium in the finale of a three-game set, the Halos will look to comeback story Jerome Williams to pitch them to a win and gain back the ground on the Rangers that they lost Tuesday night.
Seattle's goals aren't as immediate, so Mariners rookie left-hander Charlie Furbush will concentrate on staying within himself and trying to do a better job in the first inning.
The Angels enter Wednesday's game trailing the Rangers by 3 1/2 games in the American League West. It's hardly an insurmountable deficit, especially with much of the month remaining to play, but Texas is playing well and Los Angeles needs to take advantage of a struggling Seattle team at home while the opportunity is present.
Enter Williams, who has been a nice surprise for manager Mike Scioscia given the fact that the veteran right-hander hadn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2007 before making his season debut in late August.
He won that start, and in his last start, Williams beat these Mariners on the road.
"He's very composed out there," Scioscia said. "He's got the seasoning behind him of having been here. His stuff's still very good -- and he really trusts his stuff."
Furbush will have to do that, too. Especially early.
In Furbush's last outing, which came Thursday against these Angels in Seattle, he allowed three runs in the first inning and threw 29 pitches. This followed a 35-pitch first inning in his previous start.
Furbush gave up only one more run to the Angels in five innings, but he took a loss.
"Obviously, the results showed I was all over the place," Furbush said. "I kind of settled down after that all right. I have to look forward to next time and getting that first inning out of the way."
Furbush impressed his skipper, Eric Wedge, with his perseverance.
"I loved the way he recovered," Wedge said. "Overall, it was a better day for Furbush. He gave us a chance to win that ballgame."
Mariners: Another milestone for Ichiro
Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki Ichiro will reach yet another professional milestone when he tallies four more total bases. Ichiro has 4,996 total bases in his career (1,889 in Japan and 3,107 in the United States) and will become the 20th player in history to accumulate at least 5,000 total bases. Former Mariners who have reached the mark in their careers are Ken Griffey Jr. (5,271) and Alex Rodriguez (5,198).
Dustin Ackley (.304) and Mike Carp (.282) both have a chance to hit .300 this season. If the two rookies hit .300, they would become just the eighth pair of rookie teammates since 1950 to hit .300 or better (minimum 200 at-bats), and the first pair since Atlanta's Wilson Betemit and Jeff Francoeur did it in 2005.
Outfielder Trayvon Robinson is batting .313 (15-for-48) with six runs, seven doubles, a homer and five RBIs on the road this season.
Angels: Aybar's streak over
Shortstop Erick Aybar's career-high 15-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-3 showing on Tuesday night. He batted .339 (19-for-56) with 10 RBIs during the streak. Aybar already has 27 doubles and 27 stolen bases this year, both of which are career bests. His seven homers this year are also a new personal mark.
Center fielder Peter Bourjos has five homers, 13 runs scored and nine RBIs over his last 16 games.
Second baseman Howard Kendrick has 20 runs scored and 14 RBIs in his past 20 games, with seven homers.
Ichiro has recorded 50 multihit games for the 11th consecutive season (he has 53). Dating back to the 1940s, he is one of only five players with at least 11 seasons with 50 or more multihit games. The other four are Pete Rose (15 seasons), Stan Musial (14), Tony Gwynn (13) and Derek Jeter (13).
The Angels have homered in 24 of their past 28 games, totaling 40 long balls. The club has 77 homers on the road as opposed to 54 at home, the largest differential in the Majors.