Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, June 11
Game 2: Saturday, June 12
Game 3: Sunday, June 13

Expos 1

(20-41, 11-24 away)

Mariners 8

(25-36, 16-18 home)

    4:05 PM ET, June 13, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

    R H E
    MON - -
    SEA - -

    W: J. Pineiro (2-8)

    L: T. Armas (0-2)

    Pineiro win breaks losing streak

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Facing the Montreal Expos, Joel Pineiro didn't need to pitch a shutout to win.

    Pineiro ended his seven-game losing skid and the Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the season with an 8-1 victory Sunday.

    Pineiro (2-8) won for the first time in 10 starts since April 18. He was coming off a 1-0 loss to Houston's Roger Clemens last Tuesday night.

    "It's nice to get one on the other side of the column," Pineiro said. "I went out there and tried to be aggressive. I tried to take the same stuff I had in my last start, and it paid off. It's been a little frustrating, but you can't let it get to you. You've got to bounce back and come back."

    A 16-game winner last season, Pineiro gave up one run and six hits in eight innings, with one walk and two strikeouts. The 25-year-old right-hander said he learned something from watching Clemens.

    "I saw him going after people, challenging them, not trying to paint the corners," Pineiro said. "It paid off. It's 100 percent attitude. Standing up there, looking at the catcher, looking at the manager. Here it is, `Hit it.' Go after them."

    He allowed only a solo homer to Terrmel Sledge in the fifth. That ended a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings by Mariners pitchers, including 24 by their starters.

    The Mariners scored their most runs since an 11-0 victory against Baltimore on May 20. They ended a 29-inning scoreless drought with a run in the ninth inning against Montreal on Friday night.

    In 2003, when the Mariners won 93 games, they swept nine series. Last-place Seattle is 11 games under .500 and trails first-place Oakland by 12 games in the AL West.

    The Mariners' new-look lineup, featuring Ichiro Suzuki at No. 3 for the second straight game, batted around in the third inning and scored four runs. Mariners manager Melvin said he intended to keep Suzuki, who was 1-for-4 Sunday and 2-for-7 the past two days, as his No. 3 hitter.

    "If we're going to string some runs together, the middle of the order is going to have to be productive," Melvin said. "We've won two games doing it and that's the bottom line. I'm not going to change the lineup in the next game."

    Bret Boone, who is the cleanup hitter in the new-look lineup for the Mariners, agreed.

    "Ichiro has been our best hitter," Boone said. "I know Bob wants to do something because of the way things have gone for us. I can't blame him one bit. I think Bob's just looking to shake something up and do something pretty outrageous."

    Seattle chased Tony Armas Jr. (0-2) in the third, when Bret Boone had a run-scoring single, Edgar Martinez an RBI double, Hiram Bocachica an RBI infield single and Willie Bloomquist walked on a 3-2 pitch from Armas with the bases loaded.

    Armas lasted only 2 2-3 innings. He gave up five runs, five hits and four walks.

    Seattle added a run in the sixth when 41-year-old backup catcher Pat Borders singled, stole his first base since June 4, 1994, and scored on Randy Winn's single.

    John Olerud hit a two-run homer off demoted Expos closer Rocky Biddle in the seventh.

    Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first when Suzuki hit into a double play that brought in Winn, the new leadoff hitter in place of Suzuki, from third.

    Beaten 1-0 and 3-0 in the first two games of the series, the Expos finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Sledge hit his fifth homer of the season. That broke a streak of 22 scoreless innings for the Expos.

    After going their first 59 games without a player ejection, the Expos had their third in two games when Orlando Cabrera was thrown out after striking out swinging in the seventh. Cabrera broke his bat on the ground and plate umpire Doug Eddings immediately ejected him.

    Brad Wilkerson and Carl Everett were ejected Saturday night.

    Cabrera, the younger brother of Seattle's Jolbert Cabrera, said the Expos aren't getting any respect from the umpires.

    "We don't get many calls," he said. "This year, last year, the year before. When you are a team that doesn't have an owner, this is what happens."

    Cabrera, the Expos' Gold Glove shortstop and MVP two of the past three seasons, was ejected for the first time in his major league career.

    "That was the first time I've been thrown out of a game since I was 4 years old," he said.

    Expos manager Frank Robinson said it was more a lack of hitting than Pineiro's pitching that dropped his team to 20-41.

    "Pineiro didn't pitch the first two games, did he?" Robinson asked. "It doesn't matter. We haven't offensively put anything together all year. We don't know what momentum is around here."

    Game notes

    Boone had three of the Mariners' 14 hits. ... Martinez's 506th double tied Babe Ruth for No. 35 on the career list. ... The Mariners have batted around nine times this season. ... Endy Chavez of the Expos stole his 10th base in the sixth, tops on the team. ... The Expos had been shut out three consecutive games at Safeco Field, including 1-0 on June 12 last year. ... The Mariners have won five of six from the Expos the past two seasons. ... The Expos have lost 15 of their last 17 games against right-handed starters.

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