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Olerud goes 2-for-3 with three RBI

5/3/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners got a solid pitching
performance from Gil Meche and let their bats take care of the
rest.

Meche allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, and Scott
Spiezio and Brett Boone homered in the Mariners' 12-2 win over the
Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

"It was good to have," Meche said of the Mariners' offensive
outburst. "I've always said that as a starting pitcher, you get
run support earlier in the ballgame, it's a lot easier to calm down
and go out there and make pitches."

John Olerud was 2-for-3 with three RBI for Seattle, which set a
season high for runs on 14 hits.

Meche (1-2) struck out four and walked three, and allowed only
Craig Monroe's third-inning single during the first four innings.

"He mixed it up," Detroit catcher Brandon Inge said. "Both
sides of the plate, changed speeds and had a good breaking ball."

The Mariners took a quick lead against Nate Cornejo (1-3) by
scoring twice in the first inning.

Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single, and Boone doubled into the
left-field corner one out later. Monroe bobbled the ball in left,
allowing Suzuki to score on his error. Raul Ibanez followed with a
booming double off the center-field wall to drive in Boone.

"We haven't led from start to finish all year -- this is the
first game," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "This is the first
game we've been able to relax a bit for a couple innings."

The Mariners added four in the fifth, started by Spiezio's
two-run homer that knocked Cornejo from the game. Spiezio lined a
3-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen for his third homer of the
season.

Cornejo allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.

"Today, I was throwing more strikes and pitches across the
plate," he said. "But I got in trouble when I got behind."

Olerud drove in two more with a bases-loaded single off Esteban
Yan to make it 6-0.

Detroit got a two-run double from Eric Munson in the fifth, but
Seattle added two in the seventh on Olerud's RBI single and Rich
Aurilia's sacrifice fly, and four more in the eighth on Suzuki's
RBI triple and Boone's three-run homer.

Boone was originally not in the lineup because of a sore back,
but he convinced Melvin to put him in.

"I was fine and when I'm fine, there's no reason for me to
sit," Boone said. "I could tell after batting practice today that
I was going to be able to go. It was a little sore, but it wasn't
something that was going to keep me out. I wasn't worried about
injuring it any further. I felt good."

Ibanez was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and Randy Winn 3-for-5
with two runs scored.

Game notes
Detroit CF Alex Sanchez walked for the first time this
season when he led off in the first. He had gone 76 plate
appearances without receiving a pass. ... Spiezio was 2-for-6 and
is hitting .314 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in his career against
the Tigers, and Ibanez is .321 with 11 homers and 46 RBI against
Detroit. ... Munson's double in the fifth snapped an 0-for-13
slump.