Kansas City (44-80) at Seattle (46-79)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 26, 2004
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Jamie Moyer takes another shot at his first victory in over two months as the Seattle Mariners open a five-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field.

The veteran left-hander is in one of the worst ruts of his career, losing six straight decisions over 12 starts since a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 18. He has posted a 6.03 ERA during the drought.

Moyer, who set a franchise record with 21 victories last year, is closing in on a career-worst eight-decision losing streak from 1991 to 1993, when he spent much of his time in the minors before settling with the Baltimore Orioles.

The 42-year-old southpaw, who won five straight before the slump, was pounded for seven runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings in the Mariners’ 11-10, 11-inning loss to Detroit on Saturday. Seattle dropped to 1-11 in Moyer’s last 12 starts.

While Moyer tries to end the embarrassing streak, Ichiro Suzuki remains one hit shy of making big league history.

Suzuki is trying to become the first player ever to get at least 200 hits in each of his first four seasons. The majors’ leading hitter went 0-for-4 in the Mariners 6-5’ loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The All-Star right fielder hit .526 (40-for-76) in his first 18 games in August, but is just 3-for-16 in his last four.

Bucky Jacobsen hit a three-run homer for the Mariners, who lost their third straight. Jacobsen leads AL rookies in homers since the All-Star break. He hit his eighth homer in 32 games since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on July 15.

David DeJesus hit his second career homer in the Royals’ 21-6 loss to the Anaheim Angels Wednesday. The rookie outfielder went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and leads the team with a .345 average since the break.

This series includes a doubleheader Saturday due to a rainout on Aug. 19.

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6-12 Record 7-13
5.64 ERA 5.21
70 K 125
53 BB 63
1.63 WHIP 1.39