"OK,'' he said after a few seconds. "I'm sure if you look at
histories, there are teams you have good records against and teams
you have bad records against. The numbers, they happen.''
The delayed answer was not much different from the way he
The soft-throwing left-hander allowed five hits in eight innings
to win his 13th straight decision against Baltimore as the Seattle
Mariners defeated the Orioles 8-1 Sunday.
Baltimore's Jerry Hairston is used to seeing a faster changeup
and said Moyer's slow style is what makes him so effective.
"Normally, guys are throwing in the mid-90s and the changeup is
like 85 or 84,'' Hairston said. "That is his fastball. His
changeup I saw a couple times at 72. That's more like a double
changeup. You see it and go after it to attack the ball and it's
not there yet.''
The Orioles head home having finally won at Safeco Field, yet
they still haven't figured out how to beat Moyer. Baltimore broke a
15-game losing streak in Seattle on Saturday, winning for the first
time ever at Safeco.
Moyer (4-2), who pitched parts of three seasons for the Orioles,
is 13-1 in his career against Baltimore, with his only loss coming
in 1989 when he was pitching for Texas. It's his best record
against any major league team.
"He's pitching as well as you can pitch,'' manager Lou Piniella
said. "And at the same time, our offense came alive.''
Carlos Guillen went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three
runs scored. He missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. John
Olerud homered and doubled for Seattle.
Guillen sat out for most of the playoffs last season with
tuberculosis, but says he's 100 percent healthy now.
"I've never hit for the cycle,'' he said. "It was a good
chance for me. I feel really comfortable.''
Moyer gave up two singles to Chris Singleton, who extended his
career-best hitting streak to 15 games. After his fourth-inning
single, Singleton stole second and third, giving him eight steals
on the year. He then scored Baltimore's only run on a sacrifice fly
by Jeff Conine.
"He will throw anything at any time,'' Baltimore manager Mike
Hargrove said of Moyer. "We weren't very smart hitters today.''
After allowing a fourth-inning single to Tony Batista, Moyer
retired 11 straight batters before Mike Bordick singled in the
eighth. Moyer allowed five hits, no walks and struck out two in
The Mariners tagged rookie Rodrigo Lopez (5-1) for four runs and
five hits in the second inning. He allowed five runs, seven hits
and five walks in five innings.
Lopez's ERA rose from 1.94 to 2.57, dropping from first to third
in the AL.
Olerud led off the second with a solo home run that went just
beyond the outstretched glove of Singleton in center field.
One out later, Mike Cameron singled to left and Guillen hit a
drive that hit high off the left-field wall for a double. With the
infield drawn in, Ben Davis then singled to center to score
Cameron, and Guillen scored on a fielder's choice. Davis scored on
a sacrifice fly by Mark McLemore.
Guillen added a solo homer in the fourth and scored again in the
Mariners' two-run sixth. Cameron scored twice for Seattle.
Bret Boone singled home the Mariners' final run in the eighth.
Piniella said third baseman Jeff Cirillo was held out of the
lineup strictly to rest. Piniella benched Cirillo on Wednesday for
baserunning mistakes. Cirillo, who's had trouble adjusting since
being traded from Colorado, had a closed-door meeting with Piniella
before Sunday's game. In Saturday's 3-2 loss, Cirillo was thrown
out at the plate in the eighth inning trying to tie the game.
Seattle's two sacrifice flies gave them a major
league-leading 28. ... During his streak, Singleton is 24-for-59
(.407) with four doubles, three triples, two home runs, nine RBI
and 13 runs scored. ... RF Chris Snelling, playing in his second
game in the majors, got on base for the first time in the third on
a walk. He then got picked off. Regular right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki
played DH. ... It was the second time this season the Orioles have
not had an extra-base hit. They managed only two singles on April
25 against Boston.