Jamie Moyer takes his second shot at becoming Seattle’s all-time winningest pitcher when the slumping Mariners open a three-game series with the defending world champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The 42-year-old left-hander is unbeaten in six starts this season after enduring a dismal 7-13 campaign in 2004. Moyer was solid in his first five starts, giving up three runs or fewer in each outing, but he was knocked around for season highs of five runs and 10 hits over a season-low 3 2-3 innings in Seattle’s 6-5 loss at Oakland on Saturday.
Moyer’s 130 victories for Seattle tie him with former Mariner Randy Johnson for the franchise record. He is also just four wins shy of 200 for his career.
Moyer will be opposed by Boston’s Matt Clement, who is unbeaten in six starts for the Red Sox, including Sunday’s 6-5 victory at Texas. The right-hander, signed as a free agent this past offseason, allowed three runs and four hits over six innings, striking out four and walking four.
The Mariners had the day off Thursday after dropping their season-high fifth straight in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Seattle has scored two runs or fewer in each of its last four games.
Making matters worse, catcher Dan Wilson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Wednesday while running back to first base on a fly ball in the seventh inning. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list, and may not return this season.
The Red Sox won the final three games of their four-game series in Detroit, including Thursday’s 2-1 victory.
Arroyo won his ninth straight decision—dating to Aug. 15, 2004—and his streak of 15 straight starts without a loss is the longest active run in the majors.
“He could be our No. 1,” teammate Johnny Damon said. “He’s been pretty incredible.”