The Seattle Mariners are aware of the scenario that would get them into the playoffs, but they also realize watching the out-of-town scoreboard will be wasted time if they can't take care of their own business.
After keeping their postseason hopes alive, the Mariners face starter C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night at Safeco Field.Seattle (85-75) got homers from Kendrys Morales, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley in Friday's 4-3 victory in the series opener, surviving another day in the race for the second wild card.Oakland beat Texas earlier in the night, keeping the Mariners two games back of the A's with two to play. If Seattle wins out and Oakland drops both to the Rangers, the one-game playoff to determine the second wild card would be played at Safeco Field on Monday."It's awesome to know we're at game 161 and we're still in it," Ackley said. "We couldn't ask for much more, especially with how we played the last five or six games not getting many wins. To still be in it is pretty awesome."The Angels (98-62) locked up home-field advantage through the World Series by virtue of Baltimore's loss to Toronto on Friday, but they've gone just 3-5 since beating the Mariners on Sept. 17 to clinch the AL West.Manager Mike Scioscia had hoped Josh Hamilton would be able to return to the lineup before the playoffs, but he announced Friday that would not be the case. Hamilton has played just once since Sept. 4 while dealing with a sore muscle in his side and a sore shoulder.Los Angeles still can spoil Seattle's playoff chances with a win, but it likely will need Wilson (13-10, 4.61 ERA) to have a much better performance than his last outing.Wilson is having by far his worse season since becoming a full-time starter with Texas in 2010, with his highest ERA since then being the 3.83 mark he posted in 2012 -- his first with the Angels.The left-hander allowed six runs -- four earned -- and walked four in just two-thirds of an inning of Monday's 8-4 loss to Oakland. It was the third time this season he lasted fewer than three innings."It's discouraging to lose," Wilson said. "You really try not to attach too much to a loss. I pitched poorly and wasn't able to locate the catcher's mitt."Wilson had won his previous three starts with a 2.45 ERA, including allowing one hit and striking out seven in seven innings of a 5-0 win over the Mariners on Sept. 17.Wilson is 5-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his last seven road starts against the Mariners, who also send a starter to the mound looking to bounce back from a rough outing.James Paxton is coming off the worst start of his career after giving up nine runs and walking six in just 2 2/3 innings of Monday's 14-4 loss at Toronto. Paxton (6-4, 3.03) hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous 15 starts this season."I want to be better," Paxton said. "I have to put this one behind me and focus on my routine for the next few days and get ready for the next one."The left-hander has pitched well against the Angels this season, going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts.