Seattle (41-19) at New York (27-33)

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  • Game info: 3:40 pm EDT Sun Jun 8, 2003
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The Seattle Mariners look to return to their winning ways as they continue their series with the New York Mets in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium.

Saturday’s contest was rained out, a constant theme for New York these days, as the Mets have had to postpone a game for the third time in five days.

Seattle had its nine-game winning string snapped by New York 3-2 on Friday night, leaving 19 men on base in the process.

The series-opening defeat, which marked the first meeting between the teams, also ended Seattle’s 13-game road winning streak, the longest single-season run on the road in the majors since Detroit took 17 in a row in 1984.

The Mariners appear to be confident in their ability to bounce back quickly.

“All good things come to an end,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “Start another one (Sunday).”

Doubleheaders have not been kind to the Mets this season,

On April 27, the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Mets at Shea, and on Thursday night, Milwaukee duplicated that feat, taking both ends of the doubleheader.

New York bounced back with its win on Friday night over Seattle, getting solo home runs from Cliff Floyd and Jason Philips.

“We’re not going to hit a lot of home runs, but we’re going to play a lot of small ball,” Floyd said. “This is a challenge for us. We’re doing well with what we have.”

Armando Benitez, who appears to be over his early season struggles, pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances. He has been successful in his last 12 save attempts.

STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Mets - 5th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL East.

MARINERS PROBABLE GAME ONE STARTER: Freddy Garcia (5-6, 5.50 ERA). After dropping a season-high three straight decisions from May 8-21, Garcia has won back-to-back starts. In his last outing, the right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings in a 9-5 win at Minnesota on Sunday. He has never faced the Mets.

METS PROBABLE GAME ONE STARTER: Al Leiter (6-2, 4.35 ERA). The veteran left-hander earned his second straight victory with Sunday’s 10-4 win over Atlanta, allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. Leiter is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against Seattle.

MARINERS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Jamie Moyer (9-2, 3.21 ERA). The veteran left-hander has won six straight starts, including a solid performance in his last outing in a 4-0 win at Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Moyer pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, struck out eight and had no walks. He is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.

METS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Mike Bacsik (0-0, 27.00 ERA). The left-hander is making his first start of the season. He gave up nine runs, four hits and five walks in three innings during an opening-day relief appearance against the Chicago Cubs, then was sent to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA. Bacsik has pitched six career innings against the Mariners, allowing seven runs—six earned—and nine hits.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Edgar Martinez, .322 avg.; Bret Boone, 16 HRs and 49 runs; Martinez and Boone, 47 RBIs; Ichiro Suzuki, 11 SBs. Mets - Ty Wigginton, .276 avg. and 32 runs; Floyd, 11 HRs and 32 RBIs; Roberto Alomar, 5 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mariners - 3-1. Mets - 1-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - LHP Moyer has given up two runs or less in nine of his 12 starts. … On Friday, 1B John Olerud went 0-for-4 in his first game at Shea Stadium since Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS against Atlanta. He played for the Mets from 1997-99. … RHP Garcia is 4-2 with a 4.38 ERA in six road starts this season. Mets - 2B Alomar is 4-for-8 with four walks in his career against RHP Garcia. … Before Friday’s game, New York activated LHP Mike Stanton and INF Jay Bell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned INF Marco Scutaro and RHP Pat Strange to Triple-A Norfolk. … OF Floyd is 1-for-2 against RHP Garcia, that hit being a solo home run.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 23-8 on the road; Mets - 16-15 at home.

INJURIES: Mariners - OF John Mabry (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; OF Timo Perez (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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J. Moyer Tor vs. M. Bacsik Was
21-7 Record 1-2
3.27 ERA 10.19
129 K 12
66 BB 8
1.23 WHIP 2.04