The left-hander, who pitched for Baltimore from 1993-95, held the Orioles to five hits in 7 2-3 innings in Seattle’s 3-0 win last Sunday. He helped the Mariners to their major league-leading 15th shutout this season and a three-game sweep of the Orioles.
“We just ran up against a very good pitcher,” Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said.
“He’s definitely one of the top pitchers in this league,” Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce said. “He has a tremendous changeup. He spots it and takes a little off. It’s the same arm angle, the same spot as his fastball. He’s been doing it for years.”
After losing his first start against the Orioles on May 30, 1989, Moyer has dominated them with a career 3.22 ERA in 18 starts—and has 11 of his wins against Baltimore while with Seattle.
Moyer, an All-Star for the first time this season, has the longest current winning streak by a pitcher against one team. Arizona’s Randy Johnson won 15 straight decisions against the Milwaukee Brewers before a loss to them in April.
The 40-year-old Moyer’s streak against the Orioles is the longest in the American League since Dave Stewart won 14 consecutive starts against Seattle from 1986-90.
“There’s a lot of faces in that lineup that I haven’t seen before,” Moyer said after his first start against Baltimore this season. “The success goes over a long period of time, but it’s not the same team I’ve been facing. But I’ve been fortunate to have some of the same results.”
Seattle remained two games behind Oakland in the AL West, and a half-game behind Boston in the wild-card race.
STANDINGS: Mariners - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL West. Orioles - 4th place, 21 GB, AL East.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Jamie Moyer (17-6, 3.59 ERA). Moyer is 181-131 in his career, including 115-54 in Seattle. He has not had a losing record since 1995 and has won at least 13 games for seven straight years.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Eric DuBose (1-4, 4.24 ERA). Dubose gave up two runs and two hits over eight innings in the Orioles 3-2 loss to the Mariners last Friday. This will be his second start against Seattle.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Suzuki, .315 avg., 101 runs and 30 SBs; Bret Boone, 32 HRs and 105 RBIs. Orioles - Jeff Conine, .290 avg.; Tony Batista, 23 HRs; Jay Gibbons, 91 RBIs and 72 runs; Brian Roberts, 21 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 5-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - Before SS Guillen’s two-run single Friday, the Mariners were in an 0-for-13 streak with runners in scoring position. … Seattle has scored first in only one of its last 15 games. … DH Edgar Martinez walked in the first inning Friday for his 1,211th base on balls, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese for 21st on the career list. … Orioles - RHP Jorge Julio recorded the first save Thursday for a Baltimore pitcher since August 10. … RHP Jason Johnson fell short in his fifth attempt at a career-high 11 wins Friday. He is 0-1 in four starts since his 10th win on Aug. 10. … LF-SS Melvin Mora singled in the first inning Friday, giving him a hit in all four games since being activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 39-30 on the road; Orioles - 35-34 at home.
INJURIES: Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Rett Johnson (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Thornton (elbow), 60-day DL. Orioles - 1B David Segui (wrist), 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; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; LF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL.