"I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be in this situation," Ibanez said. "Anytime you're in the company of the great Ted Williams — and it's just this one thing that I have in common with him — it's a great blessing. I read his book when I was in high school, and he was the greatest hitter that ever lived."
What made this milestone even sweeter for Ibanez was that it came with the Mariners, the team he began his big league career with in 1996. This is his third stint with the club.
"I've always considered myself a Mariner," said the 17-year veteran, who hit a career-high 34 homers in 2009 with Philadelphia. "This is the organization that first game me the opportunity. So to do this in a Mariners uniform, I feel very fortunate."
Saunders (11-16) tied the Astros' Lucas Harrell and the Cubs' Edwin Jackson for the most losses in the majors. Saunders gave up six runs and six hits over seven innings and tied a career best with nine strikeouts. The 32-year-old left-hander threw 125 pitches, one short of his career high.
Abraham Almonte scored Seattle's second run on a seventh-inning balk by rookie Cory Rasmus.
NOTES: Last year, the Angels' postseason hopes ended with two games left on the schedule. ... LHP C.J. Wilson, who goes into Sunday's start with a 17-6 record and a string of nine straight winning decisions, was presented with the fifth annual Nick Adenhart memorial award as the Angels' top pitcher of the season during a pregame ceremony. Jered Weaver won it the first four years. ... Justin Smoak was hitless in three at-bats against Williams, and is 1 for 19 lifetime against him with seven strikeouts. ... The Mariners are 0-68 this season when trailing after eight innings, and 6-221 during Eric Wedge's three years as manager.