Moyer (5-2) allowed just six hits in winning his fourth
consecutive decision. He struck out a season-high seven and walked
one, and has a 1.60 ERA in his last five starts.
The Mariners are struggling to score runs, but they staked Moyer
to a 3-0 lead after three innings.
"It's nice to see we can go out early and score some runs,"
said Moyer, who hasn't lost in nine starts since April 22.
"But I try to separate my job from their job," he said. "What
they did doesn't stand out if I don't go out and put up zeros."
Moyer, an All-Star for the first time last season when he won a
career-high 21 games, said he got his seven strikeouts against the
Expos because they hadn't faced him before.
"I think some of it's just because they're not familiar with
me," he said. "I made some decent pitches, but you never know
what you're going to run into in interleague play."
Mariners catcher Dan Wilson said Moyer excelled with his
versatility against Montreal.
"He had great stuff," Wilson said. "I don't think it was
vintage with changeup after changeup. I think he really mixed up
his pitches tonight. He threw a lot of different kinds of
In an effort to jump-start the offense, Seattle manager Bob
Melvin moved Ichiro Suzuki from the leadoff spot to No. 3 in the
lineup. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run.
Although the Mariners only five hits, Suzuki will be back in the
No. 3 spot in the lineup on Sunday, Melvin said.
"I think he gave us a little energy early," Melvin said of
Suzuki. "We'll probably look at something pretty similar
Claudio Vargas (4-4) pitched 3 1-3 innings and gave up three
runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks, with three
Moyer beat Montreal for the first time since April 8, 1988, when
he pitched for the Chicago Cubs. He last faced the Expos in 1991
with St. Louis.
Mariners starters have pitched 20 scoreless innings, including
Friday night's 1-0 victory. The last time the Mariners had two
consecutive shutouts was Sept. 18-19, 2001, against Anaheim.
The frustrated Expos had their first player ejected this season
when Brad Wilkerson was thrown out by plate umpire Charlie Reliford
for arguing too strongly after being called out on strikes in the
seventh. Teammate Carl Everett, on the disabled list, was ejected
for arguing from the bench.
Expos manager Frank Robinson said he thought Reliford was trying
to show up Wilkerson.
"Wilkerson just got upset," Robinson said. "I didn't think
the first pitch to him was a strike. He didn't think it was a
strike and the last one was kind of a 'I'll show you.' It was a
terrible pitch and Wilkerson reacted to it."
Seattle scored a run in each of the first three innings. Dave
Hansen had an RBI single in the first, Bocachica hit his first
homer since 2002 -- when he was with Detroit -- in the second, and
John Olerud had a sacrifice fly in the third.
Seattle's run in the third was unearned because of center
fielder Endy Chavez's two-base throwing error that allowed Suzuki,
who singled, to go to third after Chavez caught Bret Boone's
flyball. Suzuki then scored on Olerud's sacrifice fly.
Suzuki, 30, batted third for the Mariners from June 2-4,
2002, under former manager Lou Piniella and went 8-for-14. He was
the fifth No. 3 hitter for the Mariners this season. The others
were Edgar Martinez, Scott Spiezio, Boone and Olerud. ... Randy
Winn became the Mariners' only other leadoff hitter this season.
... Wilkerson threw out Boone at the plate from left field in the
fifth when Boone attempted to score on Spiezio's flyball. ...
Chavez's two-base throwing error in the third was his first error
of the season, and Montreal's 25th. The 25 errors by the Expos are
the fewest in the majors. ... The Expos' Joe Horgan made his major
league pitching debut.