Cleveland at Seattle

W: J. Moyer (4-0) L: S. Elarton (0-1)
HR: CLE - A. Boone (3)   SEA - None

Moyer ties Big Unit for most wins as Mariner

CBS wire reports

SEATTLE -- When Jamie Moyer arrived at the ballpark, he didn't even know he had a chance to put his name in Seattle's record book.

Moyer became the AL's first four-game winner and tied Randy Johnson's franchise record for victories, pitching the Mariners past the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Sunday.

"I wasn't even aware of it," Moyer said, downplaying his accomplishment. "It comes from longevity. The only way you're going to accomplish things like that is to be around for a while and be healthy."

Miguel Olivo hit a three-run double in a six-run sixth inning for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game skid. Olivo entered the game with a .143 average and four RBI.

"It was good to see guys come through who have been struggling," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said.

Moyer, who joined Seattle in 1996, has won 130 games in a Mariners uniform. Johnson posted his total from 1989-98.

Moyer (4-0) pitched eight strong innings and allowed six hits, including Aaron Boone's third homer. The 42-year-old left-hander struck out five and is off to his best start since opening 5-0 in 2001.

"He knows how to pitch and he knows how to use his pitches," Cleveland's Victor Martinez said. "If he throws you a changeup and you swing, he is smart enough to keep throwing you the same pitch knowing you will chase it."

Moyer also moved into a second-place tie with Mark Langston on the team's career strikeout list with 1,078. Johnson is the club leader with 2,162.

"He was good," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It's no secret what Jamie does. He frustrates hitters, keeps them off-balance and out in front for the most part."

The Seattle offense, which had scored only three runs in its last three games, finally broke out for six runs in the sixth, keyed by Olivo's bases-loaded double.

"Hopefully, we primed the pump and we can start scoring runs like we should," Hargrove said.

While the Mariners have struggled with their bats lately, they have consistently come through in bases-loaded situations. Seattle is 11-for-20 (.550) with 30 RBI with the bags full this season.

Cleveland starter Scott Elarton has lost 13 straight decisions away from home. His last road win was May 6, 2001, with Houston. Elarton (0-1) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high five.

The Mariners scratched out a run in the first off Elarton. Ichiro Suzuki singled, went to second on a balk and scored on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly.

After Suzuki's single, Elarton didn't allow another hit until Olivo's two-out double in the fifth.

"For the most part, I was making my pitches. I pretty much cruised until the sixth," Elarton said.

Beltre had an RBI single in the sixth, and Bret Boone drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Beltre scored on a throwing error by shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Olivo made it 7-0 when he cleared the bases with a double.

Seattle tacked on two more in the eighth when Jason Davis walked five straight batters. Twenty-two of the 27 pitches Davis threw in the inning were balls.


  • Cleveland's Coco Crisp went 6-for-13 in the series, raising his average from .261 to .293.
  • Aaron Boone's homer snapped an 0-for-16 slump.
  • Cleveland pitchers had a season-high nine walks. They allowed six at Detroit on April 8.
  • Suzuki had his 10th multihit game of the season, and first in seven games.
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Seattle's Jamie Moyer is off to his best start since opening 5-0 in 2001. (AP)
Seattle's Jamie Moyer is off to his best start since opening 5-0 in 2001. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Olivo
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Moyer
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 5

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Cleveland Indians
Coco Crisp, CF4020001 .293
Ron Belliard, 2B3010012 .300
Victor Martinez, DH4010012 .221
Jose Hernandez, 1B4000002 .242
Casey Blake, RF4000020 .218
Aaron Boone, 3B3111000 .129
Josh Bard, C3000000 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000010 .167
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010000 .200
HR - Aaron Boone (3, Moyer)
SH - Ron Belliard (2)
RBI - Aaron Boone (9)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Boone (1)
SB - Coco Crisp (2, 3rd base off Moyer/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Riske-Bard-Hernandez
E - Ryan Ludwick (1, misplayed grounder), Jhonny Peralta (5, )
Cleveland Indians
Scott Elarton (L,0-1) 5.1454350 7.58
Scott Sauerbeck0011100 5.06
Rafael Betancourt 0.2111010 1.59
Jason Davis 1.1022510 7.00
David Riske 0.2000000 0.00
IBB - Sexson by Scott Elarton
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 95-57, Scott Sauerbeck 7-3, Rafael Betancourt 13-11, Jason Davis 39-11, David Riske 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 1-10, Rafael Betancourt 2-0, Jason Davis 1-2, David Riske 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 23, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Rafael Betancourt 4, Jason Davis 9, David Riske 1
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4221101 .355
Jeremy Reed, CF4100102 .259
Adrian Beltre, 3B3112000 .247
Richie Sexson, 1B2100220 .213
Bret Boone, 2B3001021 .268
Raul Ibanez, DH2200210 .269
Randy Winn, LF3200110 .273
Miguel Olivo, C3023100 .178
Wilson Valdez, SS3001112 .218
2B - Miguel Olivo 2 (3, Elarton, Betancourt)
SF - Adrian Beltre (1), Bret Boone (1)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (5), Adrian Beltre 2 (14), Bret Boone (14), Miguel Olivo 3 (7), Wilson Valdez (4)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Moyer-Valdez-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (W,4-0) 8611051 2.53
Eddie Guardado 1000000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 95-59, Eddie Guardado 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 11-7
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 29, Eddie Guardado 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32889
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Ed Montague