Seattle starter Jamie Moyer got off to a shaky start this season. He’s hoping his last game changed all of that.
Moyer looks to build on his first win in over a month as the Mariners resume their three-game series with the struggling Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.
Moyer earned his first win since April 17 on Thursday, allowing seven hits in seven innings of an 11-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The win was Moyer’s first in six starts.
“I felt like I had good command,” Moyer said. “I feel like in some of my games recently I’ve been trying to force the ball in more than I wanted to.”
Moyer, who had a 21-7 record last season, had allowed 18 earned runs during his winless streak, going 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA.
The 41-year-old Moyer has allowed 13 homers this year, tying him with Kansas City’s Brian Anderson and Texas’ Chan Ho Park for most in the American League. He surrendered four homers in a poor outing against the New York Yankees on May 15, in which he allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings but escaped without a decision.
Against the Orioles, he got a nice cushion in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Mariners scored six runs and had seven singles.
“I tried to focus on what I needed to do and not to look back at what has happened,” he said. “I’ve had leads before this season when we scored some runs and I have gone back out on the field and given some runs up.
“Regardless how many runs we scored—one, three or five—my goal was to go out there and put up a zero.”
The Mariners beat the Indians 5-4 in 12 innings Tuesday for just their fourth win in 14 games. Raul Ibanez hit the game-winning single in the 12th and finished the game 3-for-6 with two runs scored.
John Olerud went 3-for-3 for Seattle, including a game-tying two-run double in the eighth.
Omar Vizquel, who played five seasons for the Mariners, singled in the Indians’ three-run sixth inning for his 1,500 hit with the team. He is the eighth player in team history to reach the plateau with Cleveland and the first since Ken Keltner in 1948.