KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jamie Moyer has been around too long to
feel comfortable, even amid a hot streak like this.
Handed a quick four-run lead, the Seattle left-hander won his
fifth start in a row Wednesday, helping the Mariners beat the
Kansas City Royals 5-2.
Moyer (8-2) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings,
tying Toronto's Cory Lidle for the AL lead in wins. He befuddled
the Royals with an assortment of sharp breaking pitches.
"You get comfortable, then you get complacent," said Moyer, a
15-year veteran. "I don't ever want to feel that way. Your
opponent's got a bat in his hand. You never know what can happen."
Dan Wilson went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the AL West-leading
Mariners, who are 13-0 in day games and have won 10 of their last
11 in Kansas City.
"He used the inside corner today more so than usual," Wilson
said. "He had a lot of strikes in there, kept them honest. Then it
opened up the changeup. Those are veteran hitters and they come up
there with a plan. But Jamie was able to have control of that
inside corner and that was really big for him."
Kazuhiro Sasaki worked the ninth, finishing the five-hitter for
his eighth save in 12 chances.
"The way I look at pitching, you're only as good as your
offense and your defense," Moyer said. "I have to rely on my
defense a lot. I'm not a power pitcher. I'm not a strikeout
pitcher. I try to force guys to put the ball in play and rely on my
Wilson, the No. 9 hitter, hit a two-run double in the second
inning and added an RBI single in the sixth, both off Jeremy Affeldt (3-3).
After winning their first 11 home games, the Royals have lost
nine of their last 11 at Kauffman Stadium. They have lost 21 of 31
overall following a 16-3 start, dropping 4½ games behind
first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
"Everybody is trying too hard," Royals manager Tony Pena said.
"We want to score four runs in one inning, in one at-bat. We just
need to go out and take one batter at a time. We're going to be OK.
Right now we're going through real hard times. Sometimes you have
Bret Boone's 13th homer put the Mariners ahead 1-0 in the first
inning, and Mike Cameron doubled leading off a three-run second.
Jeff Cirillo hit an RBI single and combined with Randy Winn on a
double steal, and Wilson slapped a breaking pitch down the
right-field line, just inches fair, for a two-run double.
"The wind blew it fair," Wilson said with a grin.
Affeldt gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Sweeney has reached base in 29 straight games. ... The
Royals made six roster moves, putting 2B Carlos Febles and OF Dee Brown on the 15-day DL, designating LHP Scott Mullen for assignment
and recalling from Triple-A Omaha INF Brent Abernathy, OF Aaron Guiel and LHP Rick DeHart. ... Moyer is 11-7 against Kansas City.
... The Mariners are 20-6 vs. the AL Central. They were 23-18
against their division a year ago.