Series: Game 2 of 4

Seattle leads 2-0 (as of 5/30)

Game 1: Thursday, May 29
Game 2: Friday, May 30
Game 3: Saturday, May 31
Game 4: Sunday, June 1

Mariners 6

(35-18, 18-7 away)

Twins 0

(31-22, 15-12 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 30, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    SEA 010200003 6 12 0
    MIN 000000000 0 4 1

    W: J. Pineiro (5-4)

    L: K. Lohse (4-4)

    Pineiro pitches four-hitter, strikes out 12

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joel Pineiro pushed the Minnesota Twins around for a change.

    After getting roughed up by the Twins last week, Pineiro responded by pitching a four-hitter and striking out a career-high 12 as the Seattle Mariners beat Minnesota 6-0 Friday night.

    "He came in on a mission and he dominated us. I don't know what more to say," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Pineiro said "I stunk," last week after allowing 12 hits and six runs in a loss to the Twins and fell to 0-2 with a 4.95 ERA in his career against Minnesota.

    But his mood was quite different Friday.

    "I was good. I don't want to sound too cocky or anything like that. I had good stuff going and I put it all together," Pineiro said.

    Pineiro recorded his first shutout of the season and second of his career to lead the AL West-leading Mariners to their fourth-straight win and second straight over the Twins. He also notched the third complete game of his career.

    "It's one of those days when you're warming up and you have a good feeling going for all your pitches," he said. "It's not going to be like that every time you go out there. When you know you have your stuff, you've just got to use it to your best advantage."

    Pineiro (5-4) threw 121 pitches -- 83 for strikes -- and walked two batters.

    He gave up a hit to Jacque Jones with one out in the third and then retired 13 straight before Dustan Mohr singled with two outs in the seventh -- Mohr got thrown out making too wide a turn at first base.

    Pineiro set his career best for strikeouts by getting Doug Mientkiewicz swinging for the final out.

    "That was outstanding," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "That was a nice outing right there. He had all his pitches, ahead in the count, good fastball, he had one of his best curveballs and his change up on top of it. When he's working like that, that's the result."

    Seattle has taken the first two of a four-game series against the AL Central-leading Twins, who won two out of three at Seattle last week.

    The Twins lost back-to-back games for the first time since April 26-27.

    Kyle Lohse (4-4) gave up eight hits and three runs in eight innings for Minnesota, which was shut out for only the second time this season.

    Pineiro held the Twins to two hits until the ninth when Cristian Guzman and Corey Koskie hit back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with one out. But Pineiro struck out Matthew LeCroy and Mientkiewicz to preserve the shutout.

    The Mariners have won 11 of their last 14 games.

    "We're playing good baseball," said Mike Cameron, who hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth to make it 5-0. "You get to winning pretty much on a consistent basis, you get a knack for it. You just play so much more comfortable. You have a confidence about winning."

    Seattle went up 1-0 in the second. Randy Winn walked and Jeff Cirillo hit a ground-rule double, preventing Winn from scoring from first. Winn then scored on Ben Davis' single, but left fielder Jones threw out Cirillo at home to end the threat and bring the crowd to its feet.

    The Mariners made it 3-0 in the fourth by stringing together three straight singles. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud got hits. Winn drove in Martinez with the third single, and Olerud advanced to third when rookie center fielder Lew Ford bobbled the ball.

    Mark McLemore, the only Mariners starter without a hit, drove in Olerud with a sacrifice fly.

    Three batters after Cameron homered off J.C. Romero in the ninth, Ichiro Suzuki reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Carlos Guillen's hit to make it 6-0.

    Game notes
    Minnesota was shutout April 10 against the New York Yankees, 2-0. ... The Mariners placed OF John Mabry (shoulder) on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 28. Manager Bob Melvin said he expected to recall C Pat Borders from Triple-A Tacoma. ... Ford made his first major league start in place of Torii Hunter, who's been bothered by muscle spasms in his upper back. ... Mohr's single in the seventh was his 40th hit of May -- the most hits by a Twin in May since Kirby Puckett had 40 in 1992. ... Guzman's hit in the ninth snapped an 0-for-23 skid. ... Cameron had his first career pinch-hit home run. It was the first by a Mariner since Sept. 29, 2002 by Ben Davis.

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