Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 24
Baltimore 2Final
Seattle 6
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
Baltimore 3Final
Seattle 2
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
Baltimore 1Final
Seattle 8

Orioles 1

(22-26, 12-15 away)

Mariners 8

(32-17, 15-12 home)

    4:35 PM ET, May 26, 2002

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: J. Moyer (4-2)

    L: R. Lopez (5-1)

    Moyer wins 13th straight decision vs. Baltimore

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Someone told Jamie Moyer about his dominance against the Baltimore Orioles and the only response it drew was a slow shrug, with Moyer lifting his shoulders several times.

    "OK,'' he said after a few seconds. "I'm sure if you look at histories, there are teams you have good records against and teams you have bad records against. The numbers, they happen.''

    The delayed answer was not much different from the way he pitches.

    The soft-throwing left-hander allowed five hits in eight innings to win his 13th straight decision against Baltimore as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Orioles 8-1 Sunday.

    Baltimore's Jerry Hairston is used to seeing a faster changeup and said Moyer's slow style is what makes him so effective.

    "Normally, guys are throwing in the mid-90s and the changeup is like 85 or 84,'' Hairston said. "That is his fastball. His changeup I saw a couple times at 72. That's more like a double changeup. You see it and go after it to attack the ball and it's not there yet.''

    The Orioles head home having finally won at Safeco Field, yet they still haven't figured out how to beat Moyer. Baltimore broke a 15-game losing streak in Seattle on Saturday, winning for the first time ever at Safeco.

    Moyer (4-2), who pitched parts of three seasons for the Orioles, is 13-1 in his career against Baltimore, with his only loss coming in 1989 when he was pitching for Texas. It's his best record against any major league team.

    "He's pitching as well as you can pitch,'' manager Lou Piniella said. "And at the same time, our offense came alive.''

    Carlos Guillen went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. He missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. John Olerud homered and doubled for Seattle.

    Guillen sat out for most of the playoffs last season with tuberculosis, but says he's 100 percent healthy now.

    "I've never hit for the cycle,'' he said. "It was a good chance for me. I feel really comfortable.''

    Moyer gave up two singles to Chris Singleton, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. After his fourth-inning single, Singleton stole second and third, giving him eight steals on the year. He then scored Baltimore's only run on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Conine.

    "He will throw anything at any time,'' Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said of Moyer. "We weren't very smart hitters today.''

    After allowing a fourth-inning single to Tony Batista, Moyer retired 11 straight batters before Mike Bordick singled in the eighth. Moyer allowed five hits, no walks and struck out two in eight innings.

    The Mariners tagged rookie Rodrigo Lopez (5-1) for four runs and five hits in the second inning. He allowed five runs, seven hits and five walks in five innings.

    Lopez's ERA rose from 1.94 to 2.57, dropping from first to third in the AL.

    Olerud led off the second with a solo home run that went just beyond the outstretched glove of Singleton in center field.

    One out later, Mike Cameron singled to left and Guillen hit a drive that hit high off the left-field wall for a double. With the infield drawn in, Ben Davis then singled to center to score Cameron, and Guillen scored on a fielder's choice. Davis scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark McLemore.

    Guillen added a solo homer in the fourth and scored again in the Mariners' two-run sixth. Cameron scored twice for Seattle.

    Bret Boone singled home the Mariners' final run in the eighth.

    Piniella said third baseman Jeff Cirillo was held out of the lineup strictly to rest. Piniella benched Cirillo on Wednesday for baserunning mistakes. Cirillo, who's had trouble adjusting since being traded from Colorado, had a closed-door meeting with Piniella before Sunday's game. In Saturday's 3-2 loss, Cirillo was thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning trying to tie the game.

    Game notes


    Seattle's two sacrifice flies gave them a major league-leading 28. ... During his streak, Singleton is 24-for-59 (.407) with four doubles, three triples, two home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs scored. ... RF Chris Snelling, playing in his second game in the majors, got on base for the first time in the third on a walk. He then got picked off. Regular right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki played DH. ... It was the second time this season the Orioles have not had an extra-base hit. They managed only two singles on April 25 against Boston.

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