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
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
Pineiro (5-4) threw 121 pitches -- 83 for strikes -- and walked
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
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
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
The Twins lost back-to-back games for the first time since April
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
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
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.
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.