Mariners right-hander Chris Young takes another shot at his 10th victory of the season -- a mark he hasn't hit since 2006 with the Padres -- when Seattle takes on Atlanta in Wednesday's Interleague finale at Safeco Field.
The Braves, who will counter with ace Julio Teheran, are trying to snap a seven-game slide.
Young was poised to pick up that victory in his last outing Thursday in Cleveland, but he couldn't hold a 4-1 lead and wound up with a no-decision in a game Seattle rallied to win, 6-5.
Young lasted 5 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on seven hits. He'll take a 9-6 record and 3.19 ERA into Wednesday's game.
"He didn't have his best stuff," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Young's last outing. "But I'll tell you what -- he's gutsy and he battled. He gave us everything he had, he just ran out of gas. That's a veteran pitcher. You know he's going to battle and not be overwhelmed. You have to learn to pitch without your best stuff and he knows how to do that."
Young has had excellent stuff much of the season, however, particularly at Safeco. After not pitching in the Majors last year due to shoulder issues, he's been strong since signing with Seattle just prior to the regular season after his release by the Nationals.
The 6-foot-10 right-hander is 16th in the AL in ERA at 3.19 and fourth in opponents' batting average (.218). He's gone 6-4 with a 2.97 ERA over his last 13 starts and has been particularly effective all year at Safeco Field, where he's 6-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 11 starts.
The Braves hope right-hander Teheran can play stopper. The right-hander went the distance against the Dodgers in his last start for the first time since June 16 against the Phillies.
Against the Dodgers, Teheran allowed two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings in a pitchers' duel with Clayton Kershaw. The Braves lost, 2-1.
"It was fun," Teheran said Thursday of the matchup. "It wasn't that easy to face [Kershaw]. I felt like I had a real battle out there. I was doing my best to win that battle."
Mariners: McClendon eager for future, in due time
With center fielder Austin Jackson making his first Safeco Field appearance on Tuesday since being acquired in a trade, McClendon was asked about the club's future with the former Tigers standout being under contract for next year as well.
Certainly the situation is in better hands with Jackson cemented now in center and Dustin Ackley playing well in left after Seattle entered 2014 with question marks across its outfield. McClendon said it's all part of the progress underway.
"There's a lot of pluses going into next year," he said. "Hopefully we'll have a healthy [Hisashi] Iwakuma, a healthy [James] Paxton, Jackson in center … We're looking to make the club better in other ways, but as far as the future is concerned, it's bright. We've certainly laid a nice foundation. But this year ain't over with yet. We've still got a run at this."
Braves: Simmons day to day with ankle sprain
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited in the fourth inning of Tuesday's matchup with the Mariners with a sprained left ankle.
Simmons injured on defense when he stepped on third base awkwardly and is listed as day to day. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Simmons is hitting .249 with five home runs and 36 RBIs.
• Young has faced the Braves eight times in his career (2-4, 6.69 ERA), with the last meeting coming in 2012. He hasn't beaten the Braves since 2007, his All-Star season with the Padres.
• The Braves have lost seven straight games on this eight-game road trip to Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.