SEATTLE (AP) -- It was a fabulous night for Lou Piniella, except
for one thing: His team lost.
Mike Cameron homered in the eighth inning and Jamie Moyer earned
his 12th victory as the Mariners spoiled Piniella's return to
Seattle with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday
Fans at Safeco Field cheered Piniella at every opportunity. The
Devil Rays manager spent the previous 10 years building the
Mariners into one of the top teams in baseball.
"It was well worth coming here for. It really was," Piniella
said. "I would have liked to win but it was a night I'll remember
forever. Hopefully, that's all said and done and now we can play
baseball for two more days."
Bret Boone added a three-run homer for Seattle in the third.
Moyer (12-5) threw 22 pitches in the first inning, when the
Devil Rays jumped to a 2-0 lead. Then he settled into the rhythm
that earned him his first trip to the All-Star game at age 40,
retiring 21 of the next 24 batters through the eighth.
Moyer allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and
one walk. His 118 pitches were a season high, but he still became
the fourth AL pitcher to reach 12 wins.
"I had to go out and establish my style of pitching and force
them to put the ball in play," Moyer said.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save
in five tries.
Piniella received a warm welcome in his return to Seattle,
watching this one from the visitors' dugout for a change. He left
the Mariners after last season to be closer to his family in
He got a lengthy standing ovation during a pregame ceremony in
his honor, and fans cheered "Lou-u-u-u" every time he stepped
onto the field.
"It was interesting to see how respected Lou is here," said
Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff, who homered in the third. "I wasn't
expecting it to be this big. Obviously, he created something really
big and special. You've got to be crazy as a player not to enjoy
that kind of atmosphere."
Tampa Bay starter Jeremi Gonzalez pitched 6 2-3 innings,
allowing seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts and three
Reliever Travis Harper (1-5) took over in a 3-3 tie with two
outs and a runner on second in the seventh. Willie Bloomquist
walked and reached second on a groundout by Carlos Guillen, but
Harper got Boone to ground out.
Harper threw a 2-1 pitch to Cameron, and the Mariners' slugger
drove it into the Seattle bullpen in left field.
"We got a couple of hits when we needed them," Boone said.
"It was a tight game. Jamie had a tough time early but settled in.
He got roughed up in the first inning, but it was nice to get Jamie
that 12th win."
Boone took a huge cut on an 0-1 pitch in the third, driving the
ball into the upper deck in left field to tie it at 3. Gonzalez put
one right over the plate and Boone connected, flipped his bat and
trotted toward first.
"Gonzalez threw better," Piniella said. "He made one bad
pitch to Boone and the guy whacked it. Cameron got a good pitch to
hit and he did the same."
Ichiro Suzuki had hit a one-out infield single and reached third
on a stolen base and throwing error and Carlos Guillen walked.
It was 3-0 in the third after Huff's drive just over the wall in
"Moyer is tough," Huff said. "He's a soft-throwing lefty and
you've really got to stay back on him. I was fortunate to get a
Suzuki hit an infield single in the third, extending his
hitting streak to 10 games. It's his fourth 10-game streak this
season. He leads the AL with 45 multihit games and has had at least
two hits in nine of the last 10. ... Tampa Bay 2B Marlon Anderson
had an infield hit in the first, the team's ninth in four games.
The Devil Rays lead the AL with 98. ... Suzuki stole his 25th base
in the third, moving into a tie with New York's Alfonso Soriano for
the AL lead. ... Tampa Bay SS Julio Lugo was called out on strikes
twice, and argued with plate umpire Laz Diaz after being sent down
in the seventh.