Jamie Moyer threw seven shutout innings and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and three RBIs, leading the Mariners to an 11-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles last night in Seattle.
Moyer and Ron Villone scattered eight hits to combine on Seattle's first shutout of the season. It was also the Mariners' largest margin of victory this year.
Bret Boone's two-run single highlighted Seattle's six-run fifth as the last-place Mariners avoided being swept by the Orioles and ended a three-game losing streak.
Moyer (2-2) gave up seven hits, all singles, struck out two, and walked one. In his previous eight starts, Moyer gave up 13 homers, including four at Yankee Stadium last Saturday. He's tied with Texas's Chan Ho Park for homers allowed.
Baltimore had its three-game winning streak snapped, and was shut out for the second time this season.
Held hitless through the first four innings by Rodrigo Lopez (3-2), the Mariners broke through in the fifth with six runs on seven singles, including two by Edgar Martinez. They sent 11 to the plate in the fifth to equal their biggest inning of the season.
Lopez, making his first start of the season after 12 relief appearances, loaded the bases on singles by Martinez, John Olerud, and Dan Wilson before walking Rich Aurilia for Seattle's first run.
Suzuki, 3 for 5, singled off first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's glove to make it 2-0 before Boone's two-run single. Raul Ibanez and Martinez added RBI singles to give Seattle a 6-0 lead.
A's 3, Tigers 2 -- Erubiel Durazo scored on Eric Munson's throwing error in the eighth inning after reaching base on another miscue, and host Oakland beat Detroit.
Durazo reached on a fielding error by first baseman Carlos Pena, went to second on Damian Miller's sacrifice, advanced to third on Mark McLemore's ground out, and scored when Munson dived to stop pinch hitter Billy McMillon's sharp grounder but threw the ball wide of first.
Tim Hudson (5-1) allowed two runs and eight hits over eight innings to improve to 13-1 in his last 19 day-game starts.
Rangers 6, Royals 3 -- Rod Barajas had a three-run double and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer in a five-run second, and host Texas snapped a three-game losing streak by thumping Kansas City.
Barajas entered the game in the second inning in place of rookie catcher Gerald Laird, who tore a ligament in his left thumb on a tag play in the first inning. Barajas went 3 for 4 with two doubles.
White Sox 10, Twins 3 -- Frank Thomas had a season-high four hits, including a three-run homer, and Esteban Loaiza snapped a three-start losing streak to lead Chicago over host Minnesota.
Thomas finished a triple shy of the cycle. He homered in a six-run second inning for the White Sox, who opened the four-game series with their third straight win.