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Moyer pitches seven scoreless innings for M's

4/19/2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Despite one of the best lineups in
baseball, the Anaheim Angels still can't figure out a way to score
against Jamie Moyer.

Moyer pitched seven scoreless innings and benefited from a
circus catch by teammate Ichiro Suzuki to lead the Seattle to an
8-2 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Friday night.

Bret Boone homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, who
have won six of seven following a four-game losing streak.

Moyer (2-1) joined five-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson as
the only pitchers to record at least 100 victories with Seattle.
Moyer did it in his 204th start for the Mariners, seven fewer than
the Big Unit needed.

The Mariners, who had not allowed more than four runs in any of
their previous eight games, faced an Anaheim lineup that had scored
47 runs in its previous five home games.

But Moyer was more than up to the task, extending his streak of
consecutive scoreless innings against the defending World Series
champions to 23 -- including seven innings of four-hit ball on April
8.
"He locates really well and he mixes it up, and he's very
effective against us," Angels leadoff hitter David Eckstein said.
"We put better at-bats against him tonight than we did in Seattle,
but we still ended up with the same results."

Moyer allowed seven hits, struck out four, walked two and
escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third by striking out Tim Salmon
with an 80-mph breaking ball on 3-2 that broke away from the
Angels' career home run leader.

"I didn't expect to strike him out. I was trying to get him to
pop the ball up or beat the ball into the ground," said Moyer, who
pitched with runners on base in every inning he pitched and
stranded seven.

"He hit two foul balls down the left field line, and I sensed
the noise both times. I was well aware of the crowd, but I tried to
shut that out _ which I was able to do. I just kept on focusing on
throwing it down in the zone."

Jeff Nelson gave up RBI singles to Shawn Wooten and Brad Fullmer
in the eighth after relieving Arthur Rhodes with one out and
runners at the corners.

Ramon Ortiz (2-2) allowed six runs and six hits in 7 2-3
innings.

Suzuki, who won his second straight Gold Glove last season,
robbed Eckstein of extra bases in the third when he raced toward
the alley and made a diving backhanded grab with runners at first
and second to preserve Seattle's 2-0 lead.

"When I hit it, I didn't think there was any way anybody was
going to catch it," Eckstein said. "He came from nowhere and was
able to make a spectacular play."

Moyer couldn't believe what he saw, either.

"I was going to back up bases, and I think I was just about
into foul territory," Moyer said. "I saw the ball go out there
and I gave it one look, and I thought, 'Wow,' that's in an area
where nobody can get to it. The next time I turned around, Ichiro
was diving and he caught it. It was a phenomenal catch."

Angels Gold Glove center fielder Darin Erstad misjudged Edgar
Martinez's slicing flyball to left center, and it bounced under his
glove for a double. John Olerud walked, and both runners advanced
on Bengie Molina's passed ball. Mark McLemore scored Martinez with
a sacrifice fly and Mike Cameron followed with an RBI double.

The Mariners made it 5-0 in the fifth when Dan Wilson doubled,
Randy Winn walked and Boone hit his fourth homer. Boone ended the
scoring in the ninth with an RBI single off Ben Weber.

Olerud chased Ortiz with an RBI double in the eighth. Carlos
Guillen had an RBI double and Boone added an RBI single in the
ninth.

Game notes
The last run the Angels scored against Moyer came on April
22, 2002 in a 16-5 loss at Seattle. ... Anaheim entered with a
league-leading .333 average with runners in scoring position. They
were 0-for-2 against Moyer. ... The top three winningest pitchers
in Mariners history are lefties, including Mark Langston. The most
wins by a Seattle right-hander are 66, by Mike Moore. ... Fullmer
grounded out his first time up, ending his streak of reaching base
10 consecutive times. The club record is 12, by Bobby Grich in
1984. ... McLemore started at third in place of Jeff Cirillo, who
left Thursday's game against Oakland because of a strained muscle
in his right side.

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