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Fogg shuts down Mariners in first career shutout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Colorado's Josh Fogg likes to get people out with his changeup. Seattle's Jamie Moyer has a legendary changeup.

"We might have set a record tonight for the most changeups in a game," Fogg said Friday night after throwing a two-hitter for his first major league shutout in the Rockies' 2-0 victory over the Mariners and Moyer.

The Mariners felt like they were looking in the mirror.

"He pitched a lot like Jamie," Seattle cleanup hitter Raul Ibanez said of the 29-year-old Fogg, who is 14 years younger than Moyer. "He throws a little bit harder and he's right-handed, but he's a lot like Jamie."

The Mariners were shut out for the ninth time, the most in the American League this season and tied with San Francisco for the most in the majors. The Rockies recorded their seventh shutout, one behind San Diego's National League-leading total.

"It's definitely the best I've felt out there," said Fogg, 36-31 in his career. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to pitch in the postseason in my career, but right now this ranks right at the top."

The Rockies improved their NL-best interleague record to 10-3 with their third straight victory. The Mariners had a five-game winning streak snapped and finished June with an 18-8 record that has thrust them into contention in the AL West.

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said his team's "tremendous" starting pitching has been the key to its interleague record. The Rockies have four shutouts in interleague play.

Fogg (6-5) improved to 3-0 in interleague play this season with his second straight victory and third in four decisions. He struck out one and faced the minimum 27 batters because his teammates recorded double plays after Seattle's two singles and one walk.

The Mariners didn't get a runner past first.

It was Fogg's second major league complete game. The first came Sept. 8, 2003, a 9-1 win for Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. Fogg signed with the Rockies as a free agent in February after going 6-11 for the Pirates last season. Fogg's previous longest outing this season was seven innings.

Fogg said he wasn't thinking about a shutout or a complete game.

"The game's about winning," he said. "I've had some bad innings this year where games have gotten away from me."

The Rockies had left-handed closer Brian Fuentes warming up in the ninth inning. Fogg didn't notice.

"I was just trying to focus in getting people out," Fogg said.

Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said Fogg pitched "backward."

"He would throw breaking balls when he was ahead in the count and he would throw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Hargrove said.

The game took 1 hour, 52 minutes, the fastest in Rockies' history and the quickest in the seven years the Mariners have been playing at Safeco Field.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead off Moyer (3-7) in the fifth on Jamey Carroll's RBI single. Hawpe walked, was sacrificed to second by Yorvit Torrealba and moved to third on Choo Freeman's groundout before Carroll singled to center.

Hawpe made it 2-0 in the seventh when he homered to straightaway center. It was his 15th and tied Matt Holliday for the team lead.

Hawpe flied out to center on a changeup from Moyer and walked before he homered on a first pitch from Moyer.

"I'm sure he was trying to get ahead," Hawpe said. "He's been playing for quite awhile. I hit it good."

Moyer, who had a two-game winning streak snapped, gave up two runs and five hits, with four walks, matching his season high, and four strikeouts. It was his second complete game of the season.

Notes

  • The Mariners have been shut out at home seven times this season.
  • Colorado (0-3) is one of three major league teams that Moyer has not beaten. The others are Arizona (0-0) and the Chicago Cubs (0-0).
  • Seattle's Adrian Beltre and Kenji Johjima extended their hitting streaks to 13 and 11 games, respectively.
  • The Rockies have hit 75 homers, 45 on the road. Hawpe has hit 12 homers on the road.
 
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Josh Fogg scores the win after facing the minimum amount of batters. He improves to 6-5.  (AP)
Josh Fogg scores the win after facing the minimum amount of batters. He improves to 6-5. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Fogg
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
 

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