Mariners' bats starting to wake up


SEATTLE (AP) -- Mark McLemore never talks numbers.

He didn't want to hear about his hitting streak, saying all that
mattered was that the Seattle Mariners have found their offense

McLemore and Ruben Sierra each homered in the fifth inning and
the Mariners maintained their mastery of the Baltimore Orioles at
home with a 6-2 victory Friday night.

"We're definitely pleased,'' said McLemore, who matched his
career best hitting streak at 12 games. "Hopefully we can continue
to swing the bats the way we can. We got some timely hitting and we
want that to continue.''

The Orioles dropped to 0-14 at Safeco Field and have lost 15
straight in Seattle dating to a win June 1, 1999, in the Kingdome.

The Mariners, who broke a four-game losing streak Thursday
against Tampa Bay, have scored 13 runs in their past two games
after managing only five in the four previous games.

"Today we hit the ball with some power,'' manager Lou Piniella
said. "It's good to see. We've had two good offensive days back to
back. Let's hope it stays and is contagious for us.''

McLemore hit a two-run homer on a 2-2 pitch from Scott Erickson
(3-5) over the wall in right field with no outs in the fifth to
break a 1-1 tie. Ichiro Suzuki, who led off the inning with a
single, also scored.

After singles by Bret Boone and John Olerud, Sierra hit a
three-run shot to right for his sixth homer of the season.

"Basically the same thing happened on two pitches,'' Erickson
said. "I tried to go inside on McLemore and Sierra and both balls
tailed right back down the middle and they didn't miss them.''

The Mariners tagged Erickson for six hits in the inning and he
didn't get an out. He faced six batters, allowing four singles and
the two home runs before being replaced by Willis Roberts.

"His sinker flattened out, his breaking ball flattened out and
everything he threw came back to the middle of the plate,''
Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "You can't do that to
good-hitting ballclubs and get away with it very often. The
Mariners made us pay.''

Melvin Mora led off the sixth with a solo home run for the
Orioles, who went 1-8 against the Mariners last season, their worst
season mark ever versus Seattle.

Freddy Garcia (5-4) allowed two runs and three hits in seven
innings. He struck out nine and walked two. He gave up solo homers
to Mora and Tony Batista. Garcia's nine strikeouts were a

He had lost his two previous starts after winning four decisions
over six starts.

"Freddy pitched well,'' Piniella said. "We need for him to get
on a roll for us. He's capable of it.''

The Mariners tied the game at 1 in the fourth on Dan Wilson's
RBI single.

Game notes
Seattle's bullpen has pitched 20 1-3 consecutive scoreless
innings. ... Baltimore's Chris Singleton increased his hitting
streak to 13 games, matching his career-high. He also did it May
26-June 14, 2001. ... Sierra extended his hitting streak to 10
games. ... Erickson allowed six runs and nine hits in four-plus
innings. ... Mike Cameron singled in the fifth inning to snap an
0-for-18 slump. ... Seattle drew six walks, giving them a major
league-leading 205 for the season. ... The Mariners became the
first team in the majors to go over 1 million fans this season,
reaching 1,037,203 in their 25th home date. It's the fastest the
team has reached 1 million. They are averaging 41,488, best in the
majors. ... Mariners DH Edgar Martinez was transferred to the
60-day disabled list because of his slow-healing hamstring injury.
He is eligible to come off the disabled list June 11. ... Seattle
also optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Kaye to Triple-A Tacoma
and purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Snelling from
Double-A San Antonio.