Baltimore (61-73) at Seattle (78-57)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 30, 2003
  • TV: FOX
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Gil Meche looks to halt a three-game losing streak and help Seattle make up ground in the AL West as his Mariners resume their three-game series with the slumping Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field.

In his last start, Meche gave up a season-high seven earned runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

The defeat was the third straight and seventh in 10 decisions for Meche, who was 10-3 through June.

On Saturday, Meche will get his fourth chance at becoming the first pitcher since 1956 to win 14 games after missing two straight major league seasons. He missed all of the 2001 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and pitched in 25 games, including 13 starts, for Double-A San Antonio last season.

The Mariners could certainly use a strong outing from Meche as they have won just two of their last 10, including a 3-2 come-from-behind win on Friday. They are also hoping John Olerud’s game-winning, two-run single will be a turning point.

“We’ll see. I hope so,” said Olerud, the team’s most understated player. “We want to get this turned around as soon as possible, get on a good winning streak. Hopefully, it’s a game that turns things around.”

The Mariners remained two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who won their seventh straight on Friday, in the AL West. Seattle led the West for most of the season before Oakland took sole possession on Wednesday.

Seattle also remained a half-game behind the Boston Red Sox, who beat the New York Yankees 10-5 Friday, in the AL wild-card race.

Jay Gibbons and Tony Batista each homered Friday for the Orioles, who have lost six straight and 14 of their last 18.

STANDINGS: Orioles - 4th place, 20 1/2 GB, AL East. Mariners - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL West.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Damian Moss (1-2, 3.56 ERA). Moss gave up three runs—two earned—and five hits in six innings of a 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday—his third defeat in four decisions. He has never faced the Mariners.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Meche (13-10, 4.22 ERA). He is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Jeff Conine, .289 avg. and 75 runs; Batista, 23 HRs; Gibbons, 90 RBIs; Brian Roberts, 20 SBs. Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .324 avg., 96 runs and 30 SBs; Bret Boone, 32 HRs and 101 RBIs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - OF Luis Matos returned to the lineup Friday after missing two days with a bruised left wrist. … Baltimore has scored just 11 runs during its six-game losing streak, an average of just 1.8 per game. … LHP Moss is 5-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 road appearances, including 11 starts, this season. Mariners - Manager Bob Melvin shuffled Seattle’s lineup Friday, moving OF Mike Cameron up four spots to No. 2, normal cleanup hitter DH Edgar Martinez to No. 3 and 2B Boone to No. 4. 3B Carlos Guillen moved into the fifth spot, in front of 1B Olerud. … SS Rey Sanchez missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring. … RF Suzuki is mired in a 3-for-27 (.111) slump.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 28-41 on the road; Mariners - 41-29 at home.

INJURIES: Orioles - INF David Segui (wrist), 15-day DL; OF Melvin Mora (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (foot), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL. Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Thornton (elbow), 60-day DL.

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D. Moss Col vs. G. Meche KC
10-12 Record 15-13
5.16 ERA 4.59
79 K 130
92 BB 63
1.67 WHIP 1.34