Jamie Moyer owned the best winning percentage of any major league pitcher over the past seven years coming into this season. Earning victories has become a little harder for the veteran left-hander of late.
Moyer looks to earn his first win in nearly two months as the Mariners conclude a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
Moyer went 126-56 from 1996 and 2003 for a .692 winning percentage—better than any pitcher in the majors with at least 15 decisions per season. He won 21 games last season and 20 in 2001.
However, Moyer has not won in his last nine starts. The 41-year-old southpaw is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA since June 12, when he beat Pittsburgh 5-4.
Moyer allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings in the Mariners’ 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, but did not receive a decision. He allowed a pair of two-run homers but was otherwise sharp, throwing 113 pitches.
“Jamie giving up the long ball has been a problem this year, but other than (the homers), Moyer pitched well,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.
Moyer’s longest career losing streak is eight decisions, a slump that lasted from April 12, 1991 to May 30, 1993. He spent most of 1991 and all of 1992 in the minors.
“I pitched good enough to keep us in the game, but I didn’t pitch good enough (to win),” Moyer said Tuesday. “Everything was working tonight, except for those two mistakes at critical times.”
The Mariners beat the Devil Rays 5-2 on Saturday for just their third win in 25 road games. Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer, and Ichiro Suzuki had two doubles for Seattle, which has won just two of its last nine overall.
Aubrey Huff homered for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of six. The Devil Rays are hitting just .191 and have scored 29 runs in their last 10 games.
“I don’t know what to do,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “What can I do?”