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M’s drop another close one

SEATTLE — The optimist Mariners fan — and there still might be a couple of you out there — can point to the fact that this club has been competitive in virtually every game lately; that the Mariners’ last seven losses have been by a combined 11 runs; that, despite a 2-5 homestand, they are just 1 1/2 games out of a wild-card berth as August approaches.

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Mariners win another low-scoring marathon

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Not many runs were expected. Not many runs were scored. With All-Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and snubbed All-Star Garrett Richards matching up Saturday night, hitters for both the Mariners and Angels were in for a long and frustrating night.