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Mariners' Garcia snaps six-game losing skid

8/13/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Just when it seemed he was about to dig himself
another deep hole, Freddy Garcia suddenly found his form.

Garcia snapped a career-worst six-game losing streak,
outpitching Roy Halladay and leading the Seattle Mariners over the
Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Tuesday night.

Garcia (10-12) overcame a shaky start, winning for the first
time in eight starts since beating Anaheim 6-4 on June 24.

"For him to dig down deep and show the conviction he did,
that's something he can build on," Seattle manager Bob Melvin
said.

Garcia gave up four hits and five walks in 6 1-3 innings,
striking out four. During his previous seven starts, the
right-hander was 0-6 with a 10.03 ERA.

"I started bad," Garcia said. "I was able to make good
pitches and get back in the game."

Arthur Rhodes and Rafael Soriano combined for 1 2-3 innings of
scoreless relief, setting up Shigetoshi Hasegawa for his 11th save
in 11 chances. He has not allowed a run in 26 innings since June 1,
a team record for a reliever.

Halladay (16-4) threw a six-hitter for his fourth complete game
of the season but lost for the second time in three starts
following a 15-game winning streak. He allowed two earned runs and
two walks, striking out five.

Halladay pitched well -- but a key miscue in the third inning, a
key hit in the fourth and a lucky bounce in the seventh proved
pivotal.

"It's just one of those games where every time I got a guy on
base they found a way to get him in," Halladay said.

The right-hander, who leads the majors in innings pitched and is
tied for the major league lead in wins, lost for only the second
time in 23 starts.

"It was a tremendous game by Doc, what he gives us every time
out," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

Garcia threw 28 pitches, walked three and stranded two runners
in the first, but allowed only Frank Catalanotto to score on a
leadoff homer.

"It looked like we were going to have to take out Freddy,"
Melvin said.

In the third, Garcia allowed two singles and a walk, and the
Mariners got a reliever up in the bullpen. But a bases-loaded
flyout by Bobby Kielty ended the threat.

"I thought he was on the ropes early on and fighting himself,"
Tosca said. "Later on he settled down a bit and started getting
his off-speed pitches over the plate a little bit better."

Halladay issued his first base on balls in 24 innings when Randy
Winn walked on four pitches with one out in the first inning.

The Mariners tied it with an unearned run in the third.

With one out and Rey Sanchez on first, Mark McLemore singled to
right and both runners advanced a base on right fielder Kielty's
errant throw. Ichiro Suzuki drove in Sanchez with a groundout.

Mike Bordick's fourth-inning single extended his career-high
hitting streak to 19 games for Toronto, the longest active streak
in the AL.

Edgar Martinez put Seattle up 2-1 in the fourth with an RBI
double that scored Bret Boone from first.

Suzuki made an outstanding throw to thwart a Toronto rally in
the seventh. With one out and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on first,
Eric Hinske singled to right off Rhodes.

Johnson attempted to go to third, but Suzuki's throw on the fly
nailed him for the second out.

Soriano got Vernon Wells on a popup to end the inning.

The assist was Suzuki's 10th of the season, tying him with
Texas' Juan Gonzalez for the most among AL outfielders.

"I didn't think it would be that close at third base and it
ends up beating me by a whole step," Johnson said.

Seattle went up 3-1 in the seventh. Mike Cameron walked, stole
second and scored when Ben Davis' grounder hit first and took a
wild bounce that eluded Carlos Delgado for an RBI single.

Game notes
Halladay threw back-to-back complete games for the first
time in his career. He beat Tampa Bay 6-3 on Aug. 6. ... Halladay's
previous walk came July 23, when he walked two against the White
Sox. ... The Mariners have allowed at least one home run in each of
their last nine games.