Colorado (40-38) at Seattle (41-39)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 30, 2006
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Jamie Moyer has won 210 career games, but none of them have been against the Colorado Rockies. The Seattle Mariners left-hander gets a chance to change that Friday when the Mariners open a three-game set with the Rockies at Safeco Field.

Moyer (5-6, 3.51 ERA) is 0-2 with a 7.15 average in two appearances against the Rockies, one of only four major league teams he has never defeated along with Arizona, Florida and the Chicago Cubs.

The 43-year-old left-hander has excelled against the NL this season, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .189 opponent batting average. He is 16-7 with a 2.57 ERA lifetime in interleague play.

Moyer, who has the lowest ERA among Seattle’s starters, has also allowed three or fewer earned runs in his last five starts. He tossed seven innings and allowed two runs—both on solo homers—in Saturday’s 9-5 win against San Diego.

“Solo (homers) are really killers the way I look at it,” Moyer said. “I didn’t think I threw as well as I did the last outing (one run in eight innings against the Giants). But I got outs when I needed them.”

Moyer is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA at Safeco Field this season. Seattle (41-39) will play its next three series at home after winning the last five games on a nine-game road trip.

The Mariners concluded the trip on Thursday with a 3-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who they outscored 24-12 in a three-game sweep.

Seattle trailed 2-1 going into the ninth inning before left fielder Raul Ibanez started a two-run rally with a disputed homer.

“I was just going as hard as I could, trying to get as many bases as I could before they got it in,” Ibanez said of the 422-foot shot. “I knew I hit it pretty good, but I couldn’t tell.”

Reliever Eddie Guardado notched his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless eighth inning, while J.J. Putz recorded his 14th save of the year.

Seattle has won 10 of its last 12 games, with two five-game winning streaks over that span.

“These guys are starting to believe in themselves,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “That’s a big, big hurdle we have to get over.”

The Mariners should have no problem believing in themselves against NL West opponents, who they have dominated 13-2 this season.

The Rockies (40-38) begin the weekend trailing the behind the NL West-leading Padres by one game after taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels. Colorado’s 6-2 win on Wednesday improved the club to 9-3 in interleague play, the best mark among all NL clubs.

Josh Fogg (5-5, 5.08), who is 2-0 against the AL with a 5.91 ERA, will make his first appearance against the Mariners.

The right-hander evened his record with a victory on Saturday against Texas. He struggled through five innings, allowing a season-high 11 hits and four earned runs, but received 11 runs of support in Colorado’s 11-6 win.

The Rockies have won four of their last six games, but are just 7-12 in the all-time series with the Mariners.

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11-9 Record 11-14
5.49 ERA 4.30
93 K 108
60 BB 51
1.55 WHIP 1.32