The Mariners manufactured a four-run fourth inning to beat the
New York Mets 4-1 on Saturday night, handing Martinez his first
loss in 14 career starts against Seattle.
Playing without Adrian Beltre and Bret Boone, and with Richie
Sexson gone for most of the game after being ejected, the Mariners
used five hits in the fourth to hand Martinez his first loss since
April 26 against Atlanta.
"It was just a matter of time," Martinez said. "I didn't feel
like I was really hit all that hard, but they still put nine hits
on the board and scored four runs."
Martinez allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, falling
to 13-1 all-time against the Mariners. Martinez (7-2) had been 6-0
with a 0.77 ERA at Safeco Field, and was holding Seattle to a .164
batting average in his career.
Rookie Jeremy Reed started the inning with a single and went to
third on a bloop double to right by 21-year-old Jose Lopez, just
called up from Triple-A Tacoma.
"He's Pedro," said Reed, who along with Winn and Hansen had
two hits. "But we were basically able to put together one inning
and get to him."
Martinez was pulled before the start of the seventh after
striking out seven and walking one. The nine hits allowed were a
season high for Martinez, and the most he has ever given up against
"Pedro is awfully good ... but that doesn't mean he is
unbeatable," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "We did a lot of
things right tonight to help us win, and you have to do that
against a guy like Pedro."
Hargrove watched most of the game from the clubhouse after he
and Sexson were ejected in the first inning by home plate umpire
Ryan Franklin (3-8) allowed a run and five hits in eight innings
to win for the first time since May 8 in Boston.
Franklin got some rare run support, and a heads-up defensive
play by Winn in the second helped keep the Mets from taking an
But Winn fielded the ball quickly and threw out David Wright --
trying to advance from first to third -- before Piazza touched home
"As soon as the ball was hit I was looking to score," Wright
said. "I was probably a third of the way around second when the
ball ricocheted right to him. That's the way the ball bounces
Mets manager Willie Randolph understood Wright trying to be
aggressive, but was disappointed with his decision.
"Bottom line is you can't make an out at third base in a
situation like that," Randolph said.
In Franklin's eight losses, Seattle has scored just 15 runs --
seven coming in one game. He broke a four-game losing streak.
"I knew if I could just keep it close, we'd have a chance,"
Franklin said. "He's a great pitcher. He's obviously dominated us
over the years, but we had a little luck on our side."
Sexson and Hargrove were tossed by Scott after Sexson struck out
looking with runners on first and third and one out. Hargrove said
he was arguing balls and strikes with Scott.
Sexson threw a bucket of balls on the field as he went into the
Mets 3B Wright made a headfirst leap into the first row of
seats down the left-field line to catch Raul Ibanez's pop up to end
the fourth inning. Wright was down momentarily, but got up and led
off the fifth. ... Lopez started in place of Boone, who will be out
of the lineup for the next week to work on his hitting mechanics.
... SS Jose Reyes was dropped to second in the batting order for
the first time this year, and went 1-for-4. He is now 3-for-21 on
the Mets' road trip.