Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 8/3)

Game 1: Friday, August 3
Seattle 2Final
Cleveland 1
Game 2: Saturday, August 4
Seattle 8Final
Cleveland 5
Game 3: Sunday, August 5
Seattle 14Final
in 11
Cleveland 15
Game 4: Monday, August 6
Seattle 8Final
Cleveland 6

Mariners 2

(79-30, 43-14 away)

Indians 1

(59-47, 28-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 3, 2001

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

    R H E
    SEA - -
    CLE - -

    W: J. Moyer (12-5)

    L: B. Colon (10-8)

    S: K. Sasaki (36)

    Moyer pitches two-hitter

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners do all the little things right. A well-placed bunt here. A timely single there. Good defense. Solid pitching, and a little luck.

    Jamie Moyer

    AP

    Jamie Moyer struck out five and didn't walk a batter in picking up his 12th win of the season.

    Another game, another victory and it's 79-30 and counting.

    "There's no hidden secrets," said pitcher Jamie Moyer. "It's not like we're keeping anything from anyone. We've just got a good group of guys."

    Moyer blanked Cleveland for seven innings and Mark McLemore and John Olerud had RBI in the eighth off Bartolo Colon to give Seattle a 2-1 win Friday night over the Indians.

    Moyer (12-5) limited the AL's best-hitting team to two hits -- Roberto Alomar's two-out double in the fourth and Wil Cordero's leadoff single in the sixth.

    Overpowered by Colon (10-8) for seven innings, the Mariners got three of their four hits in the eighth to win for the seventh time in eight games.

    "It's what we've been doing all season," said Moyer, 3-0 with an 0.96 ERA in his last four starts.

    The Mariners improved to 43-14 on the road in a place where they have had problems. Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland to improve to 14-19 at Jacobs Field.

    Moyer walked none and struck out five, leaving after the Mariners scored twice in the eighth off Colon, who struck out 10 and was throwing harder in the ninth than in the first.

    But like they've done all season, the Mariners found a way to win.

    "We've played this way all year," said manager Lou Piniella. "That's our game."

    Jeff Nelson gave up a run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Jolbert Cabrera's RBI groundout, and the Mariners went to the ninth clinging to the lead thanks to nice plays by third baseman David Bell and John Olerud at first.

    With the tying run at third, Bell backhanded Kenny Lofton's hard two-out smash off Arthur Rhodes and made a long throw to Olerud, who dug it out to nip the speedy Lofton.

    "I tried to rush it," said Bell, "and Oley made a great play."

    Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances.

    Colon, returning from a six-game suspension for throwing at Houston catcher Scott Servais, lost for the first time in six starts.

    The right-hander went 4-0 in July but had his start moved back because of the suspension.

    He allowed four hits, walked four and got eight called strikeouts. From innings 4-6, Colon, whose fastball flirted with 100 mph all night, struck out six of eight.

    "This was one of my best games," Colon said through an interpreter. "That's one heck of a team on the other side. This was a special game that I wanted."

    So did the Mariners.

    Bell opened the eighth with a bloop single to right -- ending a string of 14 straight retired by Colon. Tom Lampkin sacrificed and Ichiro Suzuki bunted on his own for a base hit, moving Bell to third.

    McLemore followed with a fly to center, and after a walk, Olerud fouled off a 100 mph fastball before hitting his single.

    "He's a great hitter and I made all my best pitches," Colon said. "On that pitch he was better than me."

    Lofton kept it scoreless, taking away a homer away from Carlos Guillen in the seventh with a running, leaping catch just to the right of the Indians' center-field bullpen.

    Lofton, who robbed Oakland's Jason Giambi with a similar catch Wednesday night, timed his leap perfectly to snag Guillen's drive just above the top of the wall.

    "That was a fairly tough catch," said Lofton, whose made dozens like it in his career. "I just went for it."

    The Indians were again without Juan Gonzalez, the league's second-leading hitter, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained left hamstring.

    Moyer retired the first 11 before Alomar doubled off the wall in left-center in the fourth. Moyer, though, kept it 0-0 by stabbing Ellis Burks' grounder through the box.

    Cleveland wasted a leadoff single in the sixth from Cordero, who was sacrificed over. However, Lofton hit a soft liner and Moyer struck out Omar Vizquel looking.

    Game notes
    Rhodes and Sasaki have combined for 30 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings. ... Colon has 12 career double-digit strikeout games, including three this season. ... Mariners hitting coach Gerald Perry was ejected in the third inning by plate umpire Jim Reynolds after Bret Boone struck out. ... Indians C Einar Diaz missed his third straight game with a bruised right thumb. ... Suzuki needs four hits to match the club rookie record by Alvin Davis, who had 161 in 1984.

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