The Mariners hope to exact a measure of revenge against the Padres as the teams open a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Seattle has the best record in baseball, but it didn’t matter much last weekend as San Diego took two of three against the Mariners at Qualcomm Stadium.
“We’ve been playing better baseball and we knew we had our work cut out for us against the best team in baseball this week,” Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay. “This club doesn’t give up. It doesn’t want to be embarrassed.”
San Diego, which has the NL’s worst record, hadn’t won a series since taking two of three at the Chicago Cubs on April 23-24.
Earlier this month, the Padres lost two of three to Detroit, which has baseball’s worst record.
San Diego couldn’t keep up its momentum from last weekend’s series as it dropped two of three against the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres managed to avert a sweep against the Rockies by winning the finale 7-6 on Wednesday. Rookie catcher Miguel Ojeda hit a three-run home run to key San Diego’s win.
The Mariners bounced back from their series in San Diego by winning two of three against the Anaheim Angels.
Martinez and Boone each had three hits and Randy Winn drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double during a five-run sixth inning.
Seattle is the only team that has not lost back-to-back series this season.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 21 1/2 GB, NL West. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Eaton (2-6, 4.46 ERA). Eaton suffered a 4-2 loss to the Mariners on Saturday. The young right-hander allowed four runs— three earned—and seven hits while walking five batters in five innings of work. Eaton is 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA in June.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Joel Pineiro (7-5, 3.77 ERA). Pineiro held the Padres to two runs and five hits over seven innings to earn a 4-2 win over San Diego on Saturday. He struck out seven and walked just one. Pineiro has won in back-to-back starts, allowing just five earned runs in 14 2-3 innings of work.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .299 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 15 HRs and 43 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 37 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .350 avg. and 18 SBs; Boone, 22 HRs, 65 RBIs and 60 runs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Padres, 6-9; Mariners, 9-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - RHP Eaton is 2-for-4 this year as a pinch-hitter. Overall, Eaton is 8-for-24 (.333) this season. … San Diego’s 5.32 ERA is the second highest mark in the NL. … RHP Rod Beck has converted all four of his save opportunities since joining the Padres on June 4. Beck, 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA, has not allowed a run in any of his last five appearances. Mariners - OF Ichiro’s .350 batting average ranks him second in the AL. He’s batting .427 (41-for-96) in June. … Seattle leads the majors with 70 runs scored in the first inning. … 2B Boone is second in the AL with 22 home runs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 11-27 on the road; Mariners - 23-15 at home.
INJURIES: 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; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL.