- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 31, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) — David Bell homered and drove in three runs, and the Seattle Mariners won their seventh game in a row, 12-5 over the Baltimore Orioles last night.
Winning their 14th of 17 series this season, the Mariners improved their record to a major league-best 39-12. After 51 games, only six teams in history had better starts than the Mariners.
John Olerud and Bret Boone homered in a seven-run eighth inning.
Mark McLemore had a career-best four stolen bases to tie the Mariners' record, making him 16-for-16 for the season.
McLemore hit an RBI single and Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI double in the eighth. Olerud hit a three-run homer and Boone followed with a home run.
Bell gave Seattle a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning with a two-out single that scored Mike Cameron.
John Halama (4-4) went six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and two walks.
Jason Johnson (4-3) surrendered three runs on four hits and six walks, tying a career high.
The Orioles tied it at 2 with a run in the sixth. Melvin Mora singled and scored on Jerry Hairston's single.
The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the second on a walk to Carlos Guillen and Bell's fourth homer of the season.
Baltimore made it 1-0 in the first when Delino DeShields singled, stole second and scored on Cal Ripken Jr.'s sacrifice fly.
The Mariners scored two more unearned runs for a 5-2 lead in the seventh after DeShields let Suzuki's fly ball to left field drop in for a two-base error. Edgar Martinez and Boone had sacrifice flies.
Hairston's double-play grounder with the bases loaded brought in Baltimore's third run in the eighth, making it 5-3. Mike Bordick homered in the ninth.

Game notes — The 1928 New York Yankees and 1946 Boston Red Sox were 41-10 after 51 games. The 1907 Chicago Cubs, the 1912 New York Giants, the 1939 Yankees and the 1953 Yankees started off 40-11. Five other teams were 39-12. … Seattle tied a team record with five stolen bases. … Boone leads the Mariners with 50 RBI. … The Orioles' Jeff Conine doubled in the third to give him a career-best 14-game hitting streak. … McLemore became the fourth Mariners' player to steal four bases in a game. The last Seattle player to do that was Henry Cotto on June 23, 1990, at Texas. McLemore also ran his hitting streak to 10 games. … Baltimore's Mike Kinkade delighted the crowd of 34,753 in the sixth when he dropped a bunt down the third-base line that was fielded by Halama. Kinkade stumbled and fell, crawling the final 15 feet to the base. Halama didn't realize Kinkade fell at first and, finally, made a throw to Olerud, but it was too late. … Boone has an AL-leading seven sacrifice flies.


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