PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jamie Moyer left the National League behind
long ago. That doesn't mean he forgot an NL pitcher sometimes needs
to be a hitter, too.
Moyer pitched six effective innings and hit a two-run single,
leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh
Pirates on Friday night.
Moyer (6-2) hasn't pitched in the NL since 1991, but he seems to
enjoy facing his old league. He's allowed one run in 13 innings in
consecutive interleague starts, shutting out the Expos for seven
innings in a 3-0 victory Saturday.
He's also remembered how to swing the bat, delivering a
bases-loaded single over third base in a three-run second inning
for his first two RBI in 16 years. Moyer isn't a bad hitting
pitcher -- he hit .230 for the Cubs in 1987 -- but had only four
career RBI before Friday.
"I told him to wear spikes tomorrow night, we might need a
left-handed bat," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "All joking
aside, as good as his hitting was, his pitching might have been
better, and I think we're getting used to seeing that."
Moyer, a 21-game winner last season, isn't pitching like he's
41. He is 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts, and the
Mariners are 8-1 in his past nine starts.
The left-hander struck out four, walked one and allowed three
hits in his first start in Pittsburgh since May 21, 1991, when he
gave up two homers to Barry Bonds while pitching for St. Louis.
"I didn't feel overly sharp," Moyer said. "I made some decent
pitches, but I got away with a few pitches. I don't have a lot of
good memories in Pittsburgh in the past, and they had some pretty
good teams back when I pitched against them."
Jason Bay homered twice for the Pirates, who lost their 10th in
12 games. Bay started for the first time since striking out four
straight times Tuesday against Anaheim, a discouraging performance
that left him sitting with his face buried in his cap long after
the game ended.
"Obviously, I was scuffling a little bit," Bay said. "This
was a positive building block."
Bay's homer in the second was the only scoring against Moyer.
The left-hander went on to retire 12 of the next 13 hitters,
walking only Jack Wilson in the third, despite rarely surpassing 85
mph on the radar gun.
Julio Mateo worked a scoreless seventh before the Mariners
needed three pitchers to get through a two-run eighth started by
Jose Castillo's double and Tike Redman's pinch-hit single against
Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 16
chances, allowing Bay's second homer of the game and fifth of the
The Mariners stranded runners at first and third in the first
inning against Ryan Vogelsong (1-7), but Scott Spiezio and Dan
Wilson singled ahead of Ramon Santiago's walk in the second. After
Moyer's two-run single, Randy Winn hit a sacrifice fly.
"I was just trying to make contact and stay out of a double
play, get it to the outfield somehow," Moyer said. "That was my
goal. Did it make (it) to the outfield?"
It did, and it helped send Vogelsong to his seventh straight
"He walked a guy and then hung a slider to the pitcher,"
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "You should be able to get
the pitcher in that situation. He didn't and we lost the game."
Vogelsong is winless in 12 starts since beating Philadelphia on
April 8. His seven-game losing streak is the Pirates' longest since
Todd Ritchie's eight-game skid in 2001.
McClendon sat out a one-game suspension because reliever Salomon
Torres twice threw behind batters Saturday against Oakland.
McClendon has missed four games during three suspensions since
The game was the first between the teams. The Pirates have now
played every AL club.
Seattle has won eight of 12. ... The Mariners are 11-20 on
the road. ... The Pirates are 3-12 in games started by opposing
left-handers and 2-8 in interleague play. ... Redman is 3-for-3
with two homers and four RBI since the seventh inning Thursday
against Anaheim. ... Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4, only the
fifth time in 44 games he hasn't had a hit. ... Moyer had three
RBI in 1987 and one in 1988.