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TOR@SEA: Iwakuma fans 13 in win over Blue Jays

The Angels and Mariners are separated by 9 1/2 games in the standings, but both share something in common: a frustrating road trip.

The difference, though, is the Angels are back home after a 4-6 road trip and the Mariners are away from home through the weekend, as they continue their series in Anaheim on Saturday. The Mariners are 1-6 on their current nine-game road trip.

"It was a tough couple days there, but I feel like with the exception of Wednesday, I don't have any issues with the way we've played," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We've had some tough losses, but the guys have played hard. We were in ballgames. Wednesday wasn't a good day for us, but you shelve that, put it behind you, learn from it and let's come out here today and play some good baseball.

"We've had some tough stretches, some 20-game stretches and we have another one ahead of us. They've handled it very well. But we're getting to a point here in the middle of August, and knowing you're going to run through the first few days of October, this is the time you're going to have to dig deep."

Meanwhile, the Angels can settle in at home for eight more games. After closing the series against the Mariners, they will host the Indians and Rays. That makes two teams -- the Mariners and the Indians -- who will bring records under .500 into each series.

But Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't see that as a break.

"I don't look at it like that at all. I really don't," Scioscia said. "The key to this challenge is you're playing the games. We went in against some good teams on the road and played well and we beat them. We went on the road against some teams under .500 and lost to them. So it's about how you're playing the game that is really the challenge, and we haven't played with the consistency we needed to. We've played well at times, and at times we've struggled with some things. So the fact of a team's record, the fact of where a team is in the standings, really doesn't factor into the momentum you have to build every night in a game and the things you need to do well on the field to win."

Mariners: Iwakuma looks to bounce back
• After an outstanding 13-strikeout performance against Toronto on July 30, Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four runs on seven hits in just five innings Sunday against the Yankees. Iwakuma will attempt to right the ship when he takes the mound Saturday.

"I didn't have good command. That was the biggest difference," he said of his last start through interpreter Daisuke Sekiba.

• After missing four games with a bruised elbow, shortstop Brendan Ryan returned to the lineup Friday and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and committed an error.

Angels: Haren pitching well since stint on DL
• Dan Haren looks to continue his excellent pitching on Saturday since returning from the disabled list. In three starts since returning, Haren is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA.

Worth noting
• The Angels lead the season series over the Mariners 6-2, with the two teams facing each other 11 more times this year. Comments