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July 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Game thread: Mariners 8, Angels 3, top of 8th

The Mariners scored six runs in the first four innings to chase Angels starter Jerome Williams from the game.

The Mariners scored six runs in the first four innings to chase Angels starter Jerome Williams from the game.

Raul Ibanez just hit his second home run of the night and his 24th — no, I’m not making that up — of the season so far. Kendrys Morales then followed with a solo homer to center to make it 8-0 for the Mariners in the seventh inning. That’s four homers by Seattle tonight and for Ibanez…tough to believe what I’m seeing.

8:08 p.m.: The Mariners have poured on the offensive lumber tonight and lead it 6-0 in the fourth inning, having already chased starter Jerome Williams just 3 1/3 innings into the contest. Raul Ibanez hit his 23rd home run of the season in the fourth, a second-deck shot to right field that leaves him six long balls shy of Ted Williams for the most by a player age 41.

Ibanez also doubled home a run in the first inning. Kyle Seager then hit his 15th homer in the second inning, extending the team’s home run streak to a club record 20 games.

The Mariners blew it open with a four-run fourth as Ibanez opened with his homer, Kendrys Morales followed with a single and Seager walked. Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley then added RBI singles to make it 5-0 and chase Williams. In came Garrett Richards and he promptly uncorked a wild pitch that brought another run home — charged to Williams as well.

The Angels had their chances to tie it off Joe Saunders when it was still a 1-0 game. Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo opened with back-to-back doubles, but the second one was a blooper and the slow-moving Trumbo had to halt at third base. Saunders came back with consecutive strikeouts to escape and the Angels haven’t really been in the game since.

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7:08 p.m.: The last time Joe Saunders faced his former Angels club was four weeks ago, when he tossed an eight-inning complete game but still lost 1-0, with the lone run scoring on a wild pitch.

The offense has picked up significantly since that time, so we’ll see whether Saunders can get away with a mistake or two tonight. The Mariners have lost three in a row and sit 12 games under .500, so they’d like to be able to snag some wins before the all-star break.

As for the Angels, they sit just two games under .500 and appear poised to make a move in the AL West, much as they did last season in winning 89 games despite a stumbling first few months.

Comments | More in game thread | Topics: joe saunders; angels; raul ibanez; dustin ackley


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