Add it up, and it equaled the end of the Mariners' six-game
losing streak.Moyer pitched seven innings for his first victory in three weeks
and Carlos Guillen hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high
five runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-3
on Tuesday night."A lot of great things happened tonight," Seattle manager Bob
Melvin said.Guillen and Dan Wilson each had two-run singles in the seventh
as Seattle went ahead 9-3, scoring five runs on three hits. Tampa
Bay relievers Brandon Backe and Jesus Colome combined to issued
five walks that inning, one intentional."You walk people consistently, you are going to lose baseball
games. Period," said Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella, making his
second trip back to Seattle. "You might get lucky every once in a
while, but not very often."Especially the way Moyer (16-6) was throwing.He won for the first time since Aug. 5, finally securing his
16th win after a loss and two starts without a decision. He allowed
three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks."I had pretty good command of all my pitches," Moyer said.
"It makes a difference. I was hitting pretty much every pitch
anytime I wanted it."After falling behind 3-0 in the first on a three-run homer by
Aubrey Huff, Moyer settled and held the Devil Rays scoreless on
four hits over the next six innings."To not let down, to do what Jamie did after giving up the
three runs right away, it would be easy to slump your shoulders and
say, 'Here we go again," Melvin said. "He resisted that. He
battled, like he always does, and kept us in the game."Moyer was as crafty as ever, too. He ended the sixth by striking
out Damian Rolls on a 74-mph breaking ball, and ended the seventh
by fooling Jared Sandberg with the same pitch at 72 mph."I try to be the guy who goes out and pitches consistently,"
Moyer said. "I try to make good pitches and see what happens.
Sometimes, they fall in. The idea is to make good pitches and get
ahead in the count."Arthur Rhodes and Armando Benitez each pitched a perfect inning.Victor Zambrano (9-8), who barely missed his first career
complete game in a July 12 victory at Safeco Field, lasted 5 2-3
innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and seven
strikeouts.It was the sixth straight game Zambrano has issued at least four
walks. He leads the AL with 91."That's been our problem, and tonight six of them (walks)
scored," Piniella said.Piniella made his second trip as manager of the Devil Rays to
Seattle, where he led the Mariners for 10 years. He left after last
season to live closer to his family in Florida.This visit lacked the fanfare of his emotional return July 11.
There was no pregame ceremony to honor Piniella and only a few
scattered handmade signs in the crowd to welcome him back."We're just going to play baseball this time," Piniella said.Seattle went ahead 4-3 in the fifth, scoring four runs. It
started when Guillen, whom Melvin moved to third in the order,
drove a 1-2 pitch an estimated 408 feet to near-straightaway
center."I hit ninth last year," Guillen said. "I'm making more
contact now, keeping the ball on the ground and making big cuts.
I'm not really a home run hitter."Wilson and Mark McLemore were on base after walking."Walks score," Piniella said. "Zambrano was upset about the
home run ball, and I said, 'Look, it wasn't the home run ball. It
was the two walks prior to the home run ball."After Bret Boone went down swinging for the second out, John
Olerud doubled and scored on Randy Winn's single to right. Tampa
Bay's Damian Rolls made a good throw to the plate, but Olerud slid
under Toby Hall's tag.
Seattle DH Edgar Martinez, who missed two games after
fouling a ball off a toe last weekend in Boston, got a standing
ovation when he pinch-hit with the bases loaded in the seventh. He
grounded into a double play. ... McLemore had a nice play in the
sixth, covering ground in left field before making a dive-and-roll
catch on Julio Lugo's liner. ... Fans called "Lo-o-o-o-u" when
Piniella visited Zambrano after Guillen's homer and again when he
removed Zambrano in the sixth.