Seattle has won the first two games of the series 1-0 and 3-0. The last time the Mariners had two consecutive shutouts was Sept. 18-19, 2001, against Anaheim. Mariners starters have pitched 20 scoreless innings.
Seattle will look to Joel Piniero to continue the streak. Piniero has lost his last seven decisions, but pitched extremely well in his last start. The right-hander allowed one run in eight innings of Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Roger Clemens and the Astros.
After seeing their own 29-inning scoreless streak come to an end Friday, the Mariners scored runs in each of the first three innings Saturday. Dave Hansen had an RBI single in the first, Hiram Bocachica hit his first homer since the 2002 season when he was with Detroit in the second, and John Olerud added a sacrifice fly in the third.
Ichiro Suzuki batted third for the first time this season, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Manager Bob Melvin moved him down in the lineup to spark the offense.
Montreal was also blanked in three straight games by Florida in San Juan from April 13-15.