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While Pujols continued to show signs of his bat waking up, Haren snapped a four-game losing streak with one of the finest outings of his career.
Haren picked up his 11th career win against Seattle and made it look easy for most of the night as Seattle failed to get a base runner between the second and sixth innings.
"I stayed with what was working and they were going to have to adjust to me," Haren said.
Saunders led off the sixth with an infield single. That ended a streak of 15 in a row set down by Haren and was Seattle's first hit since Dustin Ackley led off the bottom of the first with a single that slipped under Howie Kendrick's glove. Saunders ended up at second after a stolen base, but Haren got a pop up from Ackley and struck out Liddi to end Seattle's first scoring threat.
Suzuki led off the seventh with a double and advanced to third on an infield groundout, but was stranded when Haren got Jesus Montero waving at a pitch off the plate and froze Mike Carp on a 3-2 pitch for his 11th strikeout.
It was the 13th 10-strikeout game of Haren's career and topped his previous career high of 12 accomplished twice, the last time coming in 2008. Seattle manager Eric Wedge was not pleased with how easy Haren made it look.
"We didn't make him make any adjustments. He just kept doing the same thing throughout the course of the game. That just can't happen," Wedge said. "We've got a lot of young ballplayers, but they are far enough along they've got to do better than that.
NOTES: Haren picked up his 1,500th career strikeout when he got Saunders looking in the eighth inning. ... It was the league-leading seventh shutout this season for the Angels. ... Seattle activated C Miguel Olivo from the 15-day DL and optioned OF Casper Wells to Triple-A Tacoma. Olivo was 0-for-3 in his return to the Mariners lineup.
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