If Garcia’s teammates can duplicate their offensive performance from their last game, however, the Mariners could be looking at their fourth straight victory.
Garcia and the Mariners open a nine-game road trip with a matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Seattle’s ace has compiled a 3.20 ERA this season, but the offensively challenged Mariners have scored as many as five runs only twice in his 12 starts. Garcia, who has been rumored to be traded because of salary concerns, allowed seven combined runs in his last two outings, but suffered losses of 4-2 to the Chicago White Sox and 3-0 to Houston.
Although Seattle is in last place in the AL West, 12 games behind Oakland, the Mariners have won three in a row and six of eight. They completed a sweep of Montreal on Sunday with an 8-1 home victory.
Seattle’s new-look lineup, featuring Ichiro Suzuki at No. 3 for the second straight game, batted around in the third inning as the Mariners scored their most runs since an 11-0 victory against Baltimore on May 20.
“If we’re going to string some runs together, the middle of the order is going to have to be productive,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve won two games doing it and that’s the bottom line. I’m not going to change the lineup in the next game.”
Right-hander Joel Pineiro ended his seven-game losing skid with eight solid innings for Seattle, which had been involved in a shutout in each of its previous five games.
The surprising Brewers, who are trying to remain close in the NL Central race, failed to complete a three-game sweep of Houston on Sunday and lost 5-4.
Milwaukee trailed 5-2 after seven innings before scoring two runs in the eighth off of Astros closer Octavio Dotel to cut the lead to one, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Brewers stranded 13 runners, including 10 in scoring position. Keith Ginter stranded eight runners on his own—grounding into a double play and striking out twice.
“We had a lot of opportunities to win the game and we didn’t execute on too many of them,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.