They're getting timely hitting again, and solid pitching. Their bullpen never stopped doing the job.
And they're winning series like last year.
Garcia definitely seemed more like himself Saturday after a bad outing five days earlier. Making a strong bid to be included on the AL All-Star team, the right-hander allowed six hits in eight innings and the Mariners hit three home runs -- including a three-run shot by Edgar Martinez -- to beat the Colorado Rockies
"When Edgar's in the lineup, everything's different,'' said
Garcia, who lost Monday in a 13-2 defeat to the Oakland Athletics when he allowed 10 runs for the first time in his career.
"I was more focused on what I had to do,'' he said. "What happened Monday is in the past. You've got to forget about it and think about the next start.''
Garcia (11-5) retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced,
hitting Larry Walker with a pitch in the Rockies' third at-bat. He
then retired eight in a row before walking Walker in the fourth.
Martinez returned to the lineup full-time Thursday after 11 weeks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. In his first three games back, he is 4-for-13 with two homers and seven RBI.
He homered in the Mariners' four-run fifth Saturday and Ichiro Suzuki had a homer and a single as Seattle won its fifth straight. Bret Boone homered for the second night in a row, hitting a solo shot to right in the seventh.
"We're like ourselves (again),'' Boone said.
Seattle's top three batters -- Suzuki, Jeff Cirillo and Boone -- were 7-for-15, scored five runs and hit two home runs.
"Good pitching, a good bullpen and timely hitting was what last year was all about, and we're getting it now,'' first baseman John Olerud said.
The Rockies hit just five singles and a double in dropping their fifth in a row.
Garcia allowed no hits through four innings before giving up a
leadoff single to Todd Hollandsworth in the fifth. Hollandsworth
singled again in the seventh, and Gary Bennett had a single and a
double for the Rockies.
Garcia struck out five and walked one and joined Chicago's Mark
Buehrle, New York's Mike Mussina and Boston's Derek Lowe for the most wins in the American League. Garcia had lost his previous start in a 13-2 defeat to the Oakland Athletics on Monday, allowing 10 runs for the first time in his career.
"There is no way you can't give Freddy Garcia his due today, especially coming off his last outing,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He answered the bell for them and threw well.''
Suzuki, the first batter of the game, gave Seattle a quick lead
when he hit a 1-0 pitch from Mike Hampton (4-9) to the opposite field and into the Mariners' bullpen for a home run, his second of the season. It was his third career leadoff homer.
"I was very surprised myself,'' he said through an interpreter. "I never thought that I could hit a home run to the opposite side at the major league level, so I guess everyone got surprised, too.''
Seattle added an unearned run in the fourth on Ruben Sierra's sacrifice fly to right that scored Boone.
Suzuki, Cirillo, and Desi Relaford singled in the fifth to go
with Martinez's homer. Cirillo finished with three hits.
Mariners C Dan Wilson extended his hitting streak to 10
games with a sixth-inning double. ... Mariners RHP Jeff Nelson pitched the ninth in his first appearance since being reinstated
from the DL on Thursday. His last appearance was May 5, and he went
on the DL three days later with bone chips in his elbow. ...
Seattle turned three double plays behind Garcia. ... Suzuki had his
major league-leading 35th multihit game. ... The Rockies dropped to
1-7 on the road in interleague play and 9-31 since interleague
started in 1997. ... Both benches were warned for the second
straight game after Garcia hit Walker in the first inning, but
nobody was ejected. Rockies reliever Todd Jones threw at Boone a
night earlier. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton missed his second
straight game with a strained back and is day-to-day. ... Hampton
has allowed nine home runs this season, three Saturday. Eight of
the nine have come away from Coors Field.