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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.