Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 29
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Seattle3
Game 2: Saturday, August 30
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Game 3: Sunday, August 31
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Orioles 0

(61-75, 28-43 away)

Mariners 3

(80-56, 43-28 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 31, 2003

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: J. Moyer (17-6)

    L: J. Johnson (10-6)

    S: S. Hasegawa (14)

    Seattle ace grabs 14th straight against O's

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Jason Johnson thought the Baltimore Orioles had a chance to end their misery against Jamie Moyer.

    He was wrong.

    "I thought we might be able to score a few runs off him, but he's been pitching great this year and he pitched a great game," Johnson said after Moyer beat the Orioles for the 14th consecutive time in a 3-0 Seattle Mariners' victory on Sunday.

    Moyer's streak, which includes 11 wins over Baltimore in a Seattle uniform, is the longest current streak by a pitcher against one team.

    The Mariners, trying to stay close to the Oakland Athletics in the AL West race, completed a three-game series sweep over the Orioles.

    "We just ran up against a very good pitcher," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said.

    While the Mariners remained two games behind Oakland in the AL West and moved 1{ games ahead of Boston in the wild-card race, the Orioles lost their season-worst eighth straight game for the second time in August. They've been outscored 45-12 during their current losing skid.

    They saw too much Moyer (17-6).

    Moyer allowed five hits and one walk, and struck out four in 7 2-3 innings as the Mariners got their 15th shutout -- tops in the majors -- while the Orioles were shut out for the 10th time.

    Seattle manager Bob Melvin was asked if he would put Moyer's name on the lists of candidates for the AL Cy Young.

    "I don't know why you wouldn't," Melvin said. "For me, it's been that way all year that he's been up there."

    Moyer, 40, dazzled the Orioles with his collection of slower-than-normal fastballs, curveballs and changeups.

    "He's definitely one of the top pitchers in this league," Baltimore catcher Brook Fordyce said. "He has a tremendous changeup. He spots it and takes a little off. It's the same arm angle, the same spot as his fastball. He's been doing it for years."

    Hargrove said he was proud of the way his team bounced back after losing 13-1 to the Mariners on Saturday.

    "We made him (Moyer) work for it and losers don't do that," Hargrove said.

    Melvin knew the Orioles were in trouble after the left-hander struck out Brian Roberts to start the game.

    "From the very beginning, you could see he had his good stuff today," Melvin said. "Right from the outset, I knew he was going to have a good game."

    Moyer has compiled his streak against the Orioles, whom he pitched for from 1993-95, in 18 starts since he lost in his first-ever start against Baltimore on May 30, 1989.

    Moyer, an All-Star for the first time this season, has the longest winning streak in the majors since Randy Johnson won 15 straight decisions over Milwaukee before he lost to the Brewers in April.

    And Moyer's 14 victories in a row over Baltimore is the longest in the AL since Dave Stewart won 14 consecutive starts against Seattle from Aug. 13, 1986-Aug. 1, 1990.

    Moyer said he can't explain his mastery over the Orioles, but it doesn't necessarily mean more confidence for him when he goes against Baltimore.

    "There's a lot of faces in that lineup that I haven't seen before," Moyer said after his first start against Baltimore this season. "The success goes over a long period of time, but it's not the same team I've been facing. But I've been fortunate to have some of the same results."

    The Mariners broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Carlos Guillen and John Olerud off Jason Johnson (10-6).

    Edgar Martinez opened Seattle's sixth with a single and went to third on Bret Boone's single. Guillen's single scored Martinez, but right fielder Jay Gibbons threw out Boone at third.

    Guillen went to second on Gibbons' throw and scored on Olerud's single.

    Johnson, who lost to Seattle for the second time this season, pitched six innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks, with a career-high eight strikeouts. He pitched although he was sick.

    "He had been throwing up and had diarrhea all day long," said Hargrove, who took Johnson out after he made 108 pitches.

    Game notes


    Moyer is 181-131 in his career, including 115-54 with the Mariners. Moyer came to the Mariners on July 30, 1996, in a trade with Boston for OF Darren Bragg. ... The Mariners are 17-3 at Safeco Field against the Orioles.

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