Seattle Mariners (81-69) at LA Angels of Anaheim (94-57), 10:05 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels try to secure their first American League West title since 2009 on Wednesday when they continue a four- game set with the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.
Los Angeles has already clinched a playoff spot, but failed to trim its magic number for a division crown even further on Tuesday, as Chris Taylor recorded two of Seattle's 14 hits and drove in three runs to help the Mariners to a 13-2 win.
The Mariners totaled 10 runs during a rough 1-5 stretch coming in, but solved their offensive woes against the Angels' bullpen -- specifically Jason Grilli (1-3) and Fernando Salas.
Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino each had two RBI in the rout, which moved Seattle within one game of the Royals for the second wild-card spot in the AL.
"A game like this is what we needed for our confidence," Ackley said.
Carson Smith (1-0) earned his first big league win with two scoreless innings of relief behind injured starter Roenis Elias, who exited in the fourth with elbow stiffness.
It was just the second loss in 13 games for the Angels, whose magic number was still lowered to two, as Oakland lost to Texas. A Los Angeles win tonight coupled with another A's loss would give the Angels the AL West title.
That may be easier said than done, though, as the Mariners will hand the ball to left-hander James Paxton, who is 6-2 on the year with a 1.83 ERA. Paxton was terrific on Friday against the A's, limiting them to one earned run over six innings to win for the third time in four starts.
Paxton beat the Angels twice at the start of the season, fanning 13 batters in 12 innings of those two outings.
"There's a lot of similarities to what they were doing early in the season," said Paxton. "Obviously small things change. Some guys make adjustments and things like that. But for the most part, for me, it's the same plan of attack."
Los Angeles will counter with lefty C.J. Wilson, who has won his last two starts. Wilson beat Houston on Friday, as he allowed three runs (2 earned) and seven hits in five innings to run his record to 12-9 to go along with a 4.61 ERA.
Although he has won his last two starts, Wilson has a 5.75 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over his last four outings.
Wilson has faced the Mariners 56 times (19 starts) and is 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA.
Seattle is 8-6 against the Angels this season.