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Another Seattle rally bad for Tribe



Published: Fri, April 25, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Cleveland's hitters failed to convert their chances in a 4-2 loss.

SEATTLE (AP) -- Things seem to come together for the Seattle Mariners after they've fallen behind by a run or two.

Jamie Moyer pitched six strong innings and Bret Boone singled in two runs in the fifth as Seattle beat Cleveland 4-2 Thursday night for its first three-game sweep of the Indians in nearly 10 years.

It was the eighth time in 14 victories this season that Seattle has rallied. The Mariners erased a 2-1 deficit when Boone singled up the middle, driving in Dan Wilson and Ichiro Suzuki.

Meshing

"We've gotten the hits when we needed to," manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been playing pretty good defense. Our starters have been picking up the slack where the bullpen might usually pick it up."

Moyer (3-1) allowed a two-run homer to Casey Blake in the first inning but quickly settled down.

"I sensed they were going to be looking out over the plate," said Moyer, who threw 103 pitches. "I felt I made some good pitches over the plate. Even some balls that they chose to swing at, that allowed me to stay ahead in the count."

With closer Kazuhiro Sasaki on the disabled list, Jeff Nelson pitched the ninth for his first save.

Wilson singled with one out in the fifth and Suzuki walked before Jose Santiago replaced lefty Billy Traber (0-2), making his first major league start in place of Brian Anderson, who was scratched with a strained right hamstring.

"The changeup was a good pitch but they hit a few," Traber said.

Sixth appearance

It was the sixth appearance of the year for Traber, who spent most of last season at Double-A Akron. He allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 41/3 innings.

The Indians, though, stranded 10 runners. They were selective against Moyer, often running the count full but failing to capitalize.

"We created opportunities but didn't convert," manager Eric Wedge said. "You could tell by his high pitch count that we had some quality at-bats against him but he made some quality pitches."

Fresh off his 100th career victory for the Mariners April 18 at Anaheim, Moyer allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked two.

"You know he's going to be tough on you," Blake said. "You aren't going to come by runs easily on that guy."

Boone, who won his second Gold Glove last season, made a key defensive play at second base, starting a double play to end the Cleveland eighth.

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Moving to his left to field Travis Hafner's grounder, Boone turned and made a long throw to second to get Josh Bard on a force, and shortstop Carlos Guillen fired the ball to John Olerud at first for the third out.

"Everything's got to be clean on that one," Boone said. "You can't bobble it or you're not going to get two. It ended up being clean. That pumps you up. I was excited about that."

The Mariners went ahead 4-2 in the sixth when Willie Bloomquist singled to left to score Guillen. Edgar Martinez had an RBI single in the first, scoring Randy Winn as Seattle pulled to 2-1.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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