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Seattle 6, Baltimore 5

7/9/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Joel Pineiro won his fifth straight start and
Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff homer to lead the Seattle Mariners over
Baltimore 6-5 Tuesday night, the Orioles 15th loss in 16 games at
Safeco Field.

Pineiro (10-5), unbeaten in five starts since June 11, joined
Jamie Moyer (11-5) and Gil Meche (10-4) as the Mariners' third
10-game winner. It's the first time three Mariners reached 10 wins
before the All-Star break.

Pineiro, who left with a 6-1 lead, gave up five hits and four
walks in six innings, lowering his ERA to 3.32.

Suzuki hit the second pitch by Jason Johnson (7-4) for his ninth
leadoff homer, third this season. With eight homers, he's matched
his totals for each of his first two years in the AL.

Mike Cameron and Mark McLemore singled starting the second, Jeff
Cirillo sacrificed, and No. 9 hitter Dan Wilson doubled into the
right-field corner.

Bret Boone had a two-run triple in the sixth, and Edgar Martinez
singled in Boone off Rick Bauer.

Melvin Mora had an RBI groundout in the third, and the Orioles
closed with four runs in the eighth.

Jay Gibbons had an RBI single off Arthur Rhodes, Deivi Cruz
added a two-run single against Jeff Nelson and pinch-hitter David
Segui singled in a run off Shigetoshi Hasegawa.

Hasegawa, Seattle's closer until Kazuhiro Sasaki returns from
the disabled list, got four outs for his fourth save in four
opportunities.

Johnson allowed five runs, 10 hits and four walks in 5 2-3
innings.

In a game that featured the AL's top two hitters, Mora (.355)
went 0-for-4 and Suzuki (.350) was 2-for-5. Suzuki also stole his
24th base, one behind AL leader Alfonso Soriano of the New York
Yankees.

McLemore, Martinez and Jeff Conine each had three hits for the
Orioles.

Game notes
Suzuki is hitting .587 (37-for-63) with two homers and
eight RBI against the Orioles. ... Of Suzuki's 24 career homers,
14 have been at Safeco. ... Johnson dropped to 1-5 against the
Mariners, including 0-4 at Safeco. ... Freddy Garcia (9-7) would
give the Mariners four 10-game winners if he beats the Orioles on
Thursday night.