San Diego (23-19) at Seattle (18-25)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat May 20, 2006
  • TV: Ch4, FSNW
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Gil Meche made the most of his two interleague starts against San Diego a year ago.

He’ll try to remain unbeaten in his career against the Padres when the Seattle Mariners continue a three-game series at Safeco Field on Saturday.

Meche (3-2, 4.84 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Padres. Both wins came in 2005, including a 5-3 victory at home on May 21 in which he yielded two runs and four hits over six innings.

The right-hander is seeking to win his third straight outing this year. Meche gave up four runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Meche has pitched well at home this season, going 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts.

Seattle (18-25) homered three times in a 7-4 victory on Friday. Jose Lopez, Kenji Johjima and Richie Sexson all went deep off Padres starter Chris Young as the Mariners ended a three-game skid.

Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s hitting .411 (23-for-56) during his run with nine runs scored.

The struggling Sexson hit just his second homer this season at Safeco Field, where he hadn’t connected since April 4. Sexson is batting .200 (11-for-55) with 17 strikeouts over his last 14 games.

The Mariners bullpen will receive a boost Saturday because right-hander Julio Mateo will be activated before the game. Mateo, who has not pitched since April 30 due to shoulder tendinitis, is 2-0 with a 7.11 ERA in nine relief appearances this season.

San Diego (23-19) got off to another poor start in interleague after going 7-11 a year ago. The Padres have lost three of their last four road games after an eight-game road winning streak.

Mike Cameron went 1-for-3 with two walks in his return to Safeco Field. Cameron played for the Mariners from 2000-03 and was a key member of the 2001 club that set an AL record with 116 victories.

“You kind of reflect a little bit,” Cameron said. “I’ve got some friends here. I was here long enough to make some friends. I hope I have some friends here.”

San Diego’s Clay Hensley (2-2, 3.70) will make his first career start against Seattle. He enters this contest after tossing a two-hitter for his first career shutout in a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

“It feels good. it was a lot of fun. It was a good opportunity to go deep in the game and give the bullpen a break,” said Hensley, who threw 92 pitches.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts this year. He also is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in six relief appearances.

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C. Hensley WAS vs. G. Meche KC
11-12 Record 11-8
3.71 ERA 4.48
122 K 156
76 BB 84
1.34 WHIP 1.43