Mike Cameron’s three-run homer off Philadelphia closer Jose Mesa in the ninth inning gave Seattle its ninth straight win, 5-4 over the Phillies on Thursday night. It was the Mariners’ 13th straight win on the road
Seattle also has its longest overall winning streak since taking 10 straight from April 8-17, 2002.
“We’re a roll,” Seattle’s first-year manager Bob Melvin said. “If we’re close, we feel we have a chance.”
Bret Boone added his 17th homer for the Mariners in the win, as Seattle improved their major league-leading record.
New York, playing its first interleague series against Seattle, is coming off a doubleheader sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Mets not only took two steps back in their quest to reach the .500 mark, but might have lost another pitcher to an injury as Tom Glavine was forced to leave his start in the top of the second inning with inflammation in his elbow.
“We’re having a little difficulty there as of late,” Mets manager Art Howe said of his staff, which already has four pitchers on the disabled list.
“The DL is not an option right now,” Glavine said. “In my mind I’m concerned about it right now, I’m not concerned about it long-term.”
Losing Glavine for any period would be devastating to the Mets, who have Pedro Astacio, Mike Stanton, Grant Roberts and Scott Strickland on the disabled list. Astacio will likely have right shoulder surgery next Tuesday.
STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Mets - 4th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL East.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ryan Franklin (4-3, 3.47 ERA). The left-hander is coming off a solid effort at Minnesota on Saturday night, allowing two runs and seven hits over seven innings of a 5-2 victory. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but two of his 11 starts this season.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Jae Seo (2-2, 3.07 ERA). The rookie right-hander is coming off an impressive performance against Atlanta, allowing two runs and six hits over eight innings of a 4-2 win on Saturday. The victory snapped a seven-start winless streak for Seo, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Edgar Martinez, .326 avg.; Bret Boone, 16 HRs and 49 runs; Martinez and Boone, 47 RBIs; Ichiro Suzuki, 11 SBs. Mets - Ty Wigginton, .280 avg. and 32 runs; Cliff Floyd, 10 HRs and 31 RBIs; Roberto Alomar, 5 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mariners - 3-0. Mets - 0-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - DH Martinez went 0-for-2 in the Mariners’ last series. He didn’t start—and probably will see limited action against the Mets as well—because there is no designated hitter in NL parks during interleague games. … 1B John Olerud faces New York, where he played from 1997-99, for the first time since leaving the team to sign with Seattle after the 1999 season. … Right-handed batters are hitting .223 against LHP Franklin. Mets - SS Rey Sanchez is 3-for-4 in his career against Franklin. … LHP John Franco pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Thursday, becoming only the eighth pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000th career appearances. … 3B Wigginton hit a home run in each game of the doubleheader, becoming the first Mets player to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Robin Ventura hit two grand slams against the Brewers on May 20, 1999.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 23-7 on the road; Mets - 15-15 at home.
INJURIES: Mariners - OF John Mabry (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; INF Jay Bell (groin), 15-day DL; OF Timo Perez (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Astacio (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.