- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 4, 2001


CLEVELAND (AP) Jamie Moyer blanked Cleveland for seven innings and Mark McLemore and John Olerud had RBI in the eighth off Bartolo Colon to give the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 victory last night over the Indians.
Moyer (12-5) limited the American League'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.
The Mariners got three of their four hits in the eighth inning, and won for the seventh time in eight games. They improved to 43-14 on the road in a place where they have had problems. Seattle is now 14-19 at Jacobs Field.
Moyer walked none and struck out five, leaving after the Mariners scored twice in the eighth off Colon (10-8).
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 two 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.
Kazuhiro Sasaki worked the ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Colon, returning from a six-game suspension for throwing at Houston catcher Scott Servais, struck out 10 but 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.
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 beat out a bunt, sending Bell to third.
McLemore followed with a fly to center, and after a walk, Olerud hit an RBI single.
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.
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.
Notes 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 catcher Einar Diaz missed his third straight game with a bruised right thumb… . Suzuki needs five hits to match the club rookie record by Alvin Davis, who had 161 in 1984.

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