Suzuki had four hits, Moyer pitched seven strong innings and
Martinez set another DH record as the Seattle Mariners sent the
Cleveland Indians to their season-high seventh straight loss, 7-3
Martinez hit his 236th homer as a designated hitter, passing
Harold Baines as the career leader among DHs.
"This record is not like Pete Rose or anything," said
Martinez, who has 301 lifetime homers. "It's nice when it happens,
but anybody can do it."
Mariners manager Bob Melvin said there are few like Martinez.
"Edgar gets accolade after accolade and deserves them," he
said. "To me, he's a Hall of Famer, no question. He's as quality a
right-handed hitter as I've ever seen."
"C.C. was up in the zone a bit and just wasn't able to find it
tonight," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
Suzuki is hitting .410 (41-for-100) in May, reaching base safely
in every game during the month and in 24 straight overall. He's
batting .332 for the season.
"In April, you get so excited to play the game that your body
can't catch up," Suzuki said. "In May, you have a month behind
you, things come together and you get good balance."
Moyer (3-2) kept the Indians off balance with his usual
assortment of breaking pitches. The 41-year-old gave up one run and
four hits over seven innings in winning his second straight start.
"It helps when you get ahead in the count," said Moyer, who
didn't walk a batter and struck out five.
The lefty has allowed only one run over his last 14 innings
after a five-start winless streak in which he went 0-1 with a 5.28
Moyer retired the first 10 batters. Blake's shot in the seventh
was the 14th homer allowed by Moyer this season, most in the AL.
"He's a tough guy to get going against," said Blake, who hit
his fifth homer and second in two nights. "He mixes up his pitches
so well and really keeps you off balance."
Eddie Guardado relieved with two on and no outs in the ninth,
and struck out the side for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the third when Randy Winn singled,
Suzuki doubled and Martinez had an RBI groundout.
In the fifth, Winn sliced a triple and Suzuki followed with a
single for a 2-0 lead.
Ibanez led off the sixth with his eighth homer. Suzuki hit his
third home run in the seventh, and Jolbert Cabrera had a two-run
double later in the inning.
^Notes:@ Suzuki's four-hit game tied a career high, done 11 previous
times. ... Moyer is 3-0 with a 1.22 ERA in five night games, but
0-2 with an 8.54 ERA in day games. He improved to 9-7 vs. Cleveland
in his career and has won six straight since a 10-4 loss to the
Indians on Aug. 19, 2000. ... Indians OF Matt Lawton didn't start
for the second straight game because of a strained right hip. He
struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... Cleveland's two
homers in the ninth off J.J. Putz were their first runs against an
opposing bullpen in 22 2-3 innings since May 18.