Jamie Moyer is starting to look like the pitcher who won 21 games last season.
After eight starts, the 41-year-old was 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA, but in his last two outings Moyer has surrendered just one earned run and 11 hits.
In a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Moyer allowed run and seven hits in seven innings.
“It helps when you get ahead in the count,” said Moyer, who didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.
Moyer was 8-2 at this point last season.
The Mariners have dropped three of four, including Sunday’s 9-7 loss in 12 innings to the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Curt Schilling had a perfect game for 5 2-3 innings for the Red Sox, but the Mariners battled back as Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Keith Foulke in a six-run eighth to give Seattle a 7-5 lead.
David McCarty homered off J.J. Putz in the 12th-inning to hand the Mariners the loss.
“We were looking at a perfect game, then all of the sudden we have the lead off their closer, who’s given up one run all year,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “I felt like we were in pretty good position.”
Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado missed the game with a strained right ribcage. Without their team leader in RBIs, the Blue Jays went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
“It was pretty sore today, but not as bad as yesterday,” said Delgado, who’s day to day.
Justin Miller allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings in the loss for the Blue Jays, who are beginning a seven-game road trip.