Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 6/15)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 15
Game 2: Wednesday, June 16
Game 3: Thursday, June 17

Mariners 0

(25-37, 9-19 away)

Brewers 3

(32-29, 17-13 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 15, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: V. Santos (5-2)

    L: F. Garcia (3-6)

    S: D. Kolb (18)

    Milwaukee pitchers allow only two hits

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Victor Santos might have solidified his spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation.

    Santos and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs to lead the Brewers to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Santos (5-2) allowed two hits and struck out six and walked one, matching a career high with seven innings pitched.

    "Victor was spectacular," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

    Seattle's only two hits came in the third, when Bret Boone singled and was thrown out by left-fielder Geoff Jenkins trying to stretch it into a double. John Olerud followed with a double -- and was the only Mariner to make it to second base as Seattle was shut out for the eighth time this year.

    Santos is pitching for his fourth team in four years, but has won three consecutive starts and has a 3.06 ERA in nine starts after beginning the season at Triple-A Indianapolis and pitching in relief his first three games for Milwaukee.

    Playing for Detroit, Colorado and Texas from 2001-03, the right-hander went 2-8 overall and had a 7.43 ERA in 13 career starts.

    Before his victory over Seattle, Milwaukee pitching coach Mike Maddux helped Santos make an adjustment in his mechanics, and Yost said it increased the speed of his fastball from the high 80s into the low 90s.

    "The last few times out, I was getting my arm up," Santos said, who played despite having a stomach ailment that he said didn't bother him on the mound. "Mike saw that and let me know, and I concentrated on that today."

    Luis Vizcaino threw a hitless eighth, and Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances to complete the Brewers' third shutout.

    The Mariners had their three-game winning streak stopped.

    "We just didn't do very well offensively at all," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "The kid Santos pitched well, but it's my feeling we should have had a little better effort offensively."

    The Brewers scored twice in the third off Freddy Garcia (3-6), who again received little offensive support.

    Junior Spivey led off with a walk, Jenkins doubled and Overbay followed with a double down the right-field line -- his major league-leading 28th -- to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

    It was a special night for Overbay, a Centralia, Wash., native who played for the first time against Seattle, the team he followed as a youth.

    "You grow up watching those guys, to be able to stand next to them is awesome," he said. "You dream about it and hope one day it happens. Tonight, it did."

    Jenkins hit his team-leading ninth homer -- and fourth in five games -- in the eighth to make it 3-0.

    Garcia pitched 7 2-3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Mariners have scored only 20 runs in his 13 starts while he has been in the game.

    "Hopefully, pretty soon we start hitting better," Garcia said. "We're trying really hard to get on base, it just isn't happening yet."

    Game notes

    Overbay singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. ... More than 6,000 Little League players attended the game, walking the warning track before the game. ... Seattle batting coach Paul Molitor will be honored before Wednesday night's game. Molitor played for Milwaukee from 1978-92 and will enter the Hall of Fame as a Brewer in August. ... It was the first time the teams played since Aug. 12, 1997, when the Brewers were in the AL. ... Milwaukee has won five of seven. ... Seattle has given up only three runs in the past four games.

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