Seattle (25-31) at Miami (28-27)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 8, 2005
  • TV: FSNW
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Dontrelle Willis looks to become the majors’ first 10-game winner and end the Florida Marlins four-game losing streak as they resume a three-game series with the visiting Seattle Mariners.

The 23-year-old left-hander has nine wins, tying him with Toronto’s Roy Halladay and the Chicago White Sox’ John Garland for the major league lead.

Willis, who went 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in May, has fared well in June during his three-year career. He’s 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 12 June starts, including a 5-0 mark during his rookie campaign in 2003.

Willis became the first nine-game winner in the majors, pitching eight innings in the Marlins’ 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. He allowed a season-high nine hits, but was still good enough to help the Marlins beat Pittsburgh for only the fifth time in 19 meetings.

“There’s a reason he’s 9-2,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Willis will try to neutralize Mariners lefties Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki.

Ibanez continued his torrid hitting with his eighth home run as Seattle to beat the Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday.

“Winning is a feeling, and we feel that in our dugout right now,” said Ibanez, who is hitting .400 (16-for-40) since May 26.

Suzuki went 1-for-4 for Seattle to move within five hits of 1,000 for his career. The Japanese-born outfielder has 995 career hits in 690 games. The last player to collect 1,000 hits in less than 700 games was Chuck Klein in 1933. Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, had 899 hits in his first 760 games.

Florida went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position Tuesday, giving it a .227 average (27-for-119) in that situation over the last 13 games.

“We need to find a way to knock some runs in,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “That’s the same thing I’ve said the last three games.”

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