No matter the quality of his starts, the results have been the same for Jamie Moyer over the last three months.
After winning a career-high 21 games last year, Moyer appeared to be on his way to another solid season after a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on June 18 improved the 40-year-old left-hander to 6-2 with a 3.64 ERA. Yet amazingly, he’s still looking for his seventh win.
Moyer has lost eight straight decisions during the worst funk of his 19-year career, including Sunday’s 6-2 setback to the Chicago White Sox. He allowed four earned runs and four hits, including two homers, over seven innings.
“It’s mistakes that are getting taken advantage of,” Moyer said. “I made fewer of them (Sunday), but they were taken advantage of.”
Moyer has allowed at least four runs in each of his last seven starts, with the Mariners scoring three runs or fewer in five of those outings. His 4.87 ERA is second among Seattle pitchers, but the losses are his most since 2000, when he finished 13-10.
Moyer has not had a losing record since going 5-7 for Baltimore during the strike-shortened 1994 campaign.
The Mariners took Thursday’s series opener 7-1, but were run over by the surging Red Sox in Friday’s 13-2 loss.
Curt Schilling pitched seven solid innings for his major league-leading 19th win and Manny Ramirez hit his 39th and 40th homers, including his second grand slam of the season, as Boston won for the 15th time in 17 games. The Red Sox moved within 2 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
David Ortiz also homered for the Red Sox, who improved to 4-1 on their seven-game West Coast swing and maintained their five-game lead over Anaheim in the wild-card race.
Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki had his 14-game hitting streak snapped, leaving him with 229 hits, 28 shy of George Sisler’s all-time record, which was established in 1920.
Bret Boone homered for the Mariners, who have lost eight of nine.