Seattle (48-23) at San Diego (23-51)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 20, 2003
  • TV: FSNW, Ch4
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Gil Meche will try to become the second Seattle starter to reach 10 wins when he takes the mound for the Mariners in the opener of a weekend interleague series with the San Diego Padres.

The Mariners saw their four-game winning streak end with a 2-0 loss on Thursday to Anaheim. Jamie Moyer was looking for his major league-leading 11th victory, but he was oupitched by Ramon Ortiz.

“I can’t be disheartened or upset. I respect my teammates,” Moyer said. “They are trying to the best of their abilities and Mr. Ortiz threw the ball rather well.”

Meche has won five of his last six starts, including a 2-1 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.

The Mariners will play six of their next nine games against the Padres, who finished up a 10-game road trip with four wins after losing to Colorado 10-5 on Thursday.

San Diego starter Brian Lawrence was touched for six runs and eight hits in four innings.

“Brian wasn’t himself with his command,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “He got some balls up there and they took advantage of it.”

The Padres haven’t fared well at home lately, dropping four of their last six games at Qualcomm Stadium.

STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Padres - 5th place, 21 GB, NL West.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Meche (9-3, 3.13 ERA). Meche allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings against the Braves, outpitching Greg Maddux. The right-hander has never faced San Diego in his career.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Oliver Perez (2-3, 6.62 ERA). After a month-long stint with Triple-A Portland, Perez returned to San Diego and pitched 6 2-3 innings in a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The left-hander gave up five hits and struck out six. He won his lone career start against Seattle, allowing two runs in five innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .348 avg. and 18 SBs; Bret Boone, 19 HRs, 59 RBIs and 55 runs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .309 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 14 HRs and 41 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 34 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mariners - 8-4; Padres - 4-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - OF John Mabry was activated before the game Friday. The utility player went on the disabled list May 30 with an injured tendon in his right shoulder. … OF Suzuki is riding a season-high 15-game hitting streak. His career high is 23 games, set from April 22 to May 18, 2001. … Seattle has been very successful away from Safeco Field, winning 15 of its last 16. Padres - The Padres will evaluate SS Vazquez on Friday before deciding whether to bring him off the DL. … SS Donaldo Mendez snapped an 0-for-9 slump with two hits on Thursday. … 3B Sean Burroughs missed Thursday’s game with a strained hamstring, he is day-to-day.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 25-8 on the road; Padres - 12-24 at home.

INJURIES: Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (shoulder), 15-day DL. Padres - INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; INF Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; 3B Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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15-13 Record 4-10
4.59 ERA 5.47
130 K 141
63 BB 77
1.34 WHIP 1.63