MIAMI (AP) -- Aaron Sele was winded after racing home from second
base in the seventh inning. It may have been the only time he
exerted himself all night.
Sele needed only 77 pitches to get through seven innings,
allowing five hits, and Randy Winn celebrated his 31st birthday
with his first homer of the year to help the Seattle Mariners beat
the struggling Florida Marlins 8-0 on Thursday night.
"I was tired, but it wasn't the baserunning," Sele said.
"Ninety-seven percent humidity. I think the warmest weather we've
seen in Seattle this year has been 58 degrees. The temperature was
nice, but you sweat through four T-shirts. It just sucks the energy
right out of you."
If this is how Sele pitches without energy, the Marlins would
hate to see him otherwise. Thanks in part to four double plays
turned by the Mariners, no Florida baserunner advanced past first
base in the game; team officials said that hadn't happened since a
1-0 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2003.
"We got waxed," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Their guy
did a good job of keeping us off-balance. We couldn't get anything
going against him."
Sele (5-5) won for the third time in his last four starts, and
is clearly in his best groove of the season. He was 2-4 with a 6.31
ERA on May 10; in his five starts since, he's 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA.
"The worm's turned for him," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove
said. "Baseball's a game of cycles, and position players have
cycles they go through individually also. Right now, he's got a
good string going."
Winn had two RBI, as did Richie Sexson and Raul Ibanez -- both
of whom knocked in their runs in Seattle's six-run seventh inning
that knocked out Marlins starter Josh Beckett, who lost at home for
the first time in six decisions this season.
Beckett (7-4), who'd allowed just one earned run entering the
seventh, was tagged for six earned in what was his final inning. He
allowed 10 hits, eight runs and seven earned runs -- tying career
highs in each of those categories -- and his ERA rose from 2.58 to
It was Florida's sixth loss by eight runs or more this season,
and the 12th defeat in the last 15 games for the last-place Marlins
"We lost the game because of me," Beckett said, "not because
of anything else."
Mike Lowell had two of Florida's five hits.
Seattle opened the scoring in the fourth, when Sexson's sharp
single got past a diving Florida shortstop Alex Gonzalez and into
center field -- where it skipped away from Juan Pierre and kept
rolling, allowing Winn to score from first for a 1-0 lead.
Winn, who was drafted in the third round by the Marlins 10 years
ago, hit a leadoff homer in the sixth -- just the third allowed by
Beckett this season and the first for Winn in his last 276 at-bats.
It helped set the tone for Seattle's win, one that clinched the
Mariners' fourth straight series win.
"We always thought we could turn this around and start winning
some ballgames," Winn said. "We never got down. We just thought
it would take some time. Now we're playing some good baseball."
In the seventh, the Mariners did all their scoring with two
outs, including Winn's single that brought Sele home. Ichiro Suzuki
also had a run-scoring single, and Sexson and Ibanez had big hits
later in the inning to increase Seattle's margin.
Sexson's double ended Beckett's night; Ibanez hit the first
offering from reliever Valerio de los Santos -- who was making his
Marlins' debut -- into center field for an 8-0 Mariners lead.
Suzuki was 1-for-5, drawing him within three hits of 1,000
in his Mariners' career. ... Pierre and Luis Castillo, two of the
Marlins' fastest players, both grounded into double plays. ...
Winn's last road home run was on Aug. 21, 2004 -- a span of 46 games
away from Safeco Field. ... Beckett struck out six; he could have
had seven. He lost a strikeout in the fifth inning, thanks to
complicated Rule 10.17 (a)(4) -- and his catcher, Paul Lo Duca. Sele
popped a sacrifice bunt try softly in the air with two strikes; Lo
Duca caught it barehanded. A ball bunted foul with two strikes is a
third strike -- but only if it isn't caught by a fielder. ... The
first four Seattle batters of the game struck out, as did the last