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Angels fall 5½ games back in wild-card

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ryan Franklin had to be at his best to end his
11-game losing streak.

Franklin outpitched John Lackey to lead the Seattle Mariners to
a 1-0 win over Anaheim on Wednesday night, preventing the Angels
from gaining ground on AL West-leading Oakland.

"It felt good," he said. "I got the biggest monkey off my
back that I've ever had on there."

Franklin (4-15) hadn't won in 17 starts since June 5. His losing
streak was the second-longest in Mariners history.

But he tied a career best by allowing just two hits en route to
his second career shutout and fourth complete game. Franklin walked
two and struck out four.

"It's been a tough last three months," Franklin said. "I kept
working and grinding trying to get back on track."

The Angels fell 5½ games behind Boston in the American League
wild-card race. The Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-6. Anaheim remained
two games behind Oakland, which lost to Texas 10-3.

Franklin retired 18 straight batters before walking Vladimir
Guerrero with two out in the ninth. Thinking Franklin was about to
be pulled, the crowd of 31,269 booed when manager Bob Melvin went
to the mound. But Franklin stayed in and got Garret Anderson to
foul out to third base on a 1-2 pitch.

Melvin said he had no intention of removing Franklin. The fans
cheered when the manager walked off the mound and left Franklin to
finish his second complete game of the season.

"Anderson as far as the numbers go is one problem child,"
Melvin said. "But Ryan was pitching so well. I just wanted to go
out there and tell him I had a lot of confidence in him and ask him
how bad he wanted it. He wanted it pretty bad."

Seattle's run came on Raul Ibanez's RBI single off Francisco
Rodriguez with two outs in the eighth.

Ichiro Suzuki started the rally with a one-out single off
Lackey's right hip to move within 24 hits of tying the major league
single-season record set by Hall of Famer George Sisler in 1920 for
the St. Louis Cardinals. Suzuki went 1-for-4 and has 233 hits with
17 games remaining.

Adam Kennedy made a splendid defensive play on Randy Winn's
groundball, forcing Suzuki at second. Edgar Martinez then hit a
single to right that sent Winn to third. Rodriguez replaced Lackey
and allowed Ibanez's single to right on a 1-0 pitch.

"He's got electric stuff," Ibanez said of Rodriguez.

Franklin has allowed 31 home runs this season after winning a
career-high 11 games last year, but he limited the Angels to eight
outfield flyballs. He threw 112 pitches, 74 for strikes.

The Angels lost a two-hit shutout for the second time in seven
days. They were blanked 1-0 by Toronto on Sept. 8.

"What is tough is losing ballgames," Anaheim manager Mike
Scioscia said. "It's tough losing ballgames where you can't get
into your game. You're not going to pound the ball every night, but
we just flat-out haven't done it offensively."

Lackey (12-12) pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing one run on five
hits and two walks. He struck out a career-high 10.

"It was a tough loss, but any loss this time of the year is
tough," said Lackey, who had won three of four decisions. "We
need to win games and I didn't get the job done tonight."

In the third, Darin Erstad of the Angels hit his first triple of
the season, but was stranded when Guerrero grounded out to end the
inning.

Winn, who had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh in
Seattle's 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Tuesday night, singled in his
first two at-bats.

Game notes
Seattle's Mike Parrot lost 16 decisions in a row in 1980.
... Franklin's previous shutout was 6-0 over Oakland on July 23,
2003. ... Franklin became the first Seattle starter besides Bobby
Madritsch and Gil Meche to win in over a month. Ron Villone beat
Tampa Bay on Aug. 7. ... Ibanez started at 1B for the Mariners for
only the second time this season. The Mariners' regular LF, Ibanez
also started at 1B on Sunday. ... Mariners C Miguel Olivo struck
out three times and now is hitless in his last 20 at-bats -- with 14
strikeouts in his last 17.