Meche to face Wells on Saturday

Seattle looks to mesh together winning streak

It'll be hard for the Mariners to pull off an encore performance after their past two games, but they'll try anyway Saturday night. Each of the last two games they've beaten a pair of potential Hall of Famers: Randy Johnson on Thursday and Curt Schilling on Friday.

"I don't think they look at it like we're facing Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling," said Mariners manager Mike Hargrove after Friday's 6-0 win. "I think they look at it like they beat the Yankees and Red Sox. I think that alone is pretty good."

Saturday's starter isn't shabby either. David Wells has faced the Mariners 42 times during his long career, although he has yet to face them in a Boston uniform.

Facing Wells will be Gil Meche. The righty has struggled lately, dropping each of his last four decisions. In five career starts against Boston, he is 3-1 with a 4.73 ERA.

His first start against the Red Sox this year was his third of the season. In the outing, Meche allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings to earn a no-decision.

Pitching matchup
BOS: LHP David Wells (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
Although Wells lost to the Yankees in his most recent start, he allowed only two runs in 7 1/3 innings. His two starts before that were also solid, as he notched wins in both. In his career, Wells is 11-11 against the Mariners with a 4.54 ERA.

SEA: RHP Gil Meche (9-8, 4.66 ERA)
Meche has lost his last four decisions and his last win was way back on July 14. The 27-year-old righty allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings against the Red Sox in April and he holds a 3-1 lifetime record against them.

Players to watch
Ichiro Suzuki is 6-for-12 against Wells with three walks. Ichiro is the only Mariners batter who has hit better than .222 against the veteran and only Richie Sexson has faced Wells more times. Ichiro finished Friday's game 0-for-4.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• KOMO 1000-AM, KTFH 1680-AM (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 3-2, 6.23) at Mariners (RHP Cha Seung Baek, 0-0, 5.40), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Angels (RHP Kelvim Escobar, 9-11, 3.87) at Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez, 10-12, 4.81), 7:05 p.m. PT

C.J. Bowles is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.