- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001


SEATTLE Jamie Moyer concerns himself only with what he can control.
Mechanics, check. Hitting his spots, check. Fielding, check.
Beating Baltimore? Another check.
Moyer allowed two hits in seven innings to beat the Orioles for the 12th straight time and give the Mariners a 6-0 win Sunday.
"It's fun to go out and keep your pitch count down late in the season and give the club a chance to win," said Moyer, who threw 77 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Seattle (103-40) swept its 13th series of the season and remained on pace to match the Chicago Cubs' major league record of 116 wins set in 1906. The Mariners' magic number to clinch the AL West is three.
Moyer (17-5) is 12-1 in his career against Baltimore the team he pitched for from 1993 to 1995 and hasn't lost to the Orioles since May 30, 1989.
He won't try to explain the dominance over his former team.
"You can probably talk to every player in every clubhouse and they have a couple pitchers they hit well off of, and a pitcher they can't get a hit off of," Moyer said. "It's a silly, stupid answer, but that's baseball."
Moyer struck out four and walked one for his career-high eighth straight win. He also matched his personal best of 17 wins set in 1997.
"We ran into a real veteran pitcher," Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "Whatever adjective you want to use, crafty, wily. Jamie is the kind of pitcher if he throws three straight change-ups, you can't be sure he won't throw a fourth."
Moyer got plenty of offensive help. Bret Boone and Edgar Martinez each hit two-run homers and Dan Wilson added a solo shot in the seventh.
Martinez's 421-foot homer off Josh Towers (8-10) over the left-field fence in the third came after home plate umpire Ron Barnes warned both teams about pitchers throwing at batters.
Towers threw a fastball over Martinez's head in the first inning, but Martinez did not respond. In the next inning, Moyer threw one behind Brian Roberts to elicit the warning.
Boone hit his 35th homer in the first inning, giving him 128 RBI, breaking the AL record for second baseman set by Detroit's Charlie Gehringer in 1934.
"That was fun to watch," Seattle manager Lou Piniella said.
Playing in one of the biggest ballparks in baseball, Boone has been "pleasantly surprised" by his results.
"So far so good," he said.
Wilson's run-scoring single in the fourth made it 5-0.
Towers gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings as Baltimore lost its season-high eighth straight. The Orioles were outscored in the three-game series 22-2, managing only eight hits in 86 at-bats (.093).
Cal Ripken went 0-for-3 after being honored before the game. Piniella presented the retiring third baseman with a white Seattle jersey with his No. 8 signed by the players. A plaque in his honor was hung in the visitor's bullpen near where he hit a home run in his final All-Star Game on July 10.
Ripken waved and tipped his hat to the fans, then was the Orioles' designated hitter in the game.
He never won in Safeco, aside from this summer's All-Star Game, a 4-1 AL victory.
"We've played some pretty good Mariner teams here lately, and they've been hot," he said. "This is as intimidating a home field as there is."
Notes Ripken was 0-for-10 in the series, but hit .296, 260-for-878 with 32 home runs and 124 RBI against the Mariners in his career… . The Orioles are 0-13 at Safeco Field and have lost 15 straight in Seattle… . Boone had his 59th multihit game of the season and has a nine-game hitting streak… . Mariners pitchers had a 1.46 ERA in nine games against the Orioles this season. It is the lowest ERA against any AL opponent Seattle has played.

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