Moyer pitched eight strong innings and Carlos Guillen hit a solo
homer as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night."We couldn't have had a better guy for a game like that,"
Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "He's a guy who's been through
the wars."Seattle ended a three-game losing streak and moved within 1½ games of Boston in the AL wild-card race. The Red Sox lost 7-0 to
Tampa Bay on Wednesday.Moyer (19-7) allowed one run on four hits while striking out
five and walking two in becoming the fourth AL pitcher to win at
least 19 games. He improved to 12-3 in his career against Texas."You want to keep it simple and do the job to the best of your
ability," Moyer said. "You want to make every pitch count."Moyer consistently pitched ahead in the count and allowed more
than one baserunner in only two of his eight innings."The most important thing is that he had the inside corner,"
Mariners catcher Dan Wilson said. "He made great pitches all night
long. He locked into a real nice rhythm."The Rangers' power hitters got few good swings at Moyer. Hank
Blalock's double was Texas' only extra-base hit."(Moyer) is a great example of pitching instead of throwing,"
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He's an athlete and at 40,
he does more than guys 15 years younger can do."Guillen homered in the first for the Mariners, who remain 4½
games behind Oakland in the AL West. Oakland beat Anaheim 2-1
Wednesday.The Mariners have a three-game series at Oakland this weekend."Our focus is just winning that day," Melvin said. "If the
focus is on watching the scoreboard or worrying about the next
series, you're not doing your job."The Mariners, who lost the first two games of the four-game
series, made it 3-0 after an error by Texas second baseman Michael
Young on a potential double-play ball in the second.With the bases loaded and one out, Wilson grounded to Alex
Rodriguez, who threw to Young at second for a forceout as John
Olerud scored from third. An aggressive slide by Rey Sanchez forced
Young to make a difficult throw to first. The ball bounced into the
dugout and Randy Winn scored from second.Olerud gave Seattle a 4-0 lead when he drove in Bret Boone with
an RBI single in the third.The Mariners chased Texas starter Ryan Drese (2-4) in the fourth
when Wilson drove in Winn with a one-out RBI double that made it
5-0.Moyer was perfect over the first three innings but the Rangers
got a run in the fourth when Young singled and scored on Blalock's
double.Drese allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits over 3 1/3
innings.Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched a scoreless ninth for Seattle.
Moyer and Rangers 1B Rafael Palmeiro have been teammates
three different times -- with the Rangers, Cubs, and Orioles. ...
Boone stole his 15th base, a new career high. ... Young scored his
100th run of the season. ... The Mariners have had a pitcher win at
least 19 games five times. Moyer won 20 in 2001.