Moyer got off to a fantastic start this season, going 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his first five outings to tie former Mariner Randy Johnson, now with the New York Yankees, with 130 career wins for Seattle.
Moyer, a 42-year-old left-hander, has been stuck on 130 ever since, going 0-2 over his last five starts while allowing 26 runs and 40 hits in 21 2-3 innings.
Moyer appeared to shake off the rough stretch in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday. He gave up three runs in the first inning, but shut out the hot-hitting Orioles through the next seven.
“I felt like I did everything I set out to do,” said Moyer, who threw 96 pitches in his first complete game since a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox last July 11.
Seattle will try for its third straight win after a 10-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Rookie Jeremy Reed homered and drove in a career-high four runs for the Mariners, whose only other three-game winning streak this season came from April 11-14.
Bret Boone, just 2-for-26 in his previous seven games, hit his 250th career homer and drove in two runs for Seattle, which has won three of its last four at home.
“Any time you go out and hit a home run and drive in a couple runs and help your team, that’s what it’s all about,” Boone said.
Catcher Pat Borders, who hit a game-winning homer Saturday, was in the lineup Sunday and had an RBI. He started consecutive games for Seattle for the first time since being promoted from Triple-A Tacoma on May 20. Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said that the 42-year-old Borders will regularly catch for starters Aaron Sele and Moyer.
Roy Halladay pitched a two-hitter for his second shutout of the season to lead the Blue Jays in a 4-0 win over Minnesota on Sunday.