Moyer pitched six strong innings and Boone hit a two-run single as the Seattle Mariners beat Cleveland 4-2 Thursday night for their first three-game sweep of the Indians in nearly 10 years.
Moyer (3-1) allowed a two-run homer to Casey Blake in the first inning but quickly settled down.
“You’ve got Ellis Burks on deck. You’ve got Karim Garcia behind him. They’ve got the ability to do big things,” Moyer said. “I’m trying to get my feet down, establish both sides of the plate. Before I knew it, I’m down 2-0.”
Moyer gave up a leadoff double by Omar Vizquel and Blake’s two-run homer within his first 10 pitches. But the left-hander soon recovered, using his crafty changeup to keep the Indians in check.
“I sensed they were going to be looking out over the plate,” Moyer said. “I felt I made some good pitches over the plate. Even some balls that they chose to swing at, that allowed me to stay ahead in the count.”
“We’ve gotten the hits when we needed to,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve been playing pretty good defense. Our starters have been picking up the slack where the bullpen might usually pick it up.”
Seattle had not swept three games from Cleveland since July 9-11, 1993, at the Kingdome.
Wilson singled with one out in the fifth and Suzuki walked before Santiago replaced left-hander Billy Traber (0-2), who made his first major league start after scheduled starter Brian Anderson was scratched with a strained right hamstring.
“We had to limit him from a pitch-count standpoint, but he got us to the fifth inning with a chance to win,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “For his first big league start, I thought he did an outstanding job.”
It was the sixth appearance of the year for Traber, who spent most of last season at Double-A Akron. He allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Boone, who won his second Gold Glove last season, also made a great defensive play at second base, starting a double play to end the Cleveland eighth.
Moving to his left to field Travis Hafner’s grounder, Boone turned and made a long throw to second to get Josh Bard on a force, and shortstop Carlos Guillen fired the ball to John Olerud at first for the third out.
“Everything’s got to be clean on that one,” Boone said. “You can’t bobble it or you’re not going to get two. It ended up being clean. That pumps you up. I was excited about that.”
Boone also trotted over to the mound to offer an encouraging word for Giovanni Carrara, who relieved in the seventh and escaped a jam he created on his own. After two quick groundouts, Blake and Burks singled and Garcia walked to load the bases, but Shane Spencer grounded out.
“He said, ‘Just calm down and let it come to you,”’ Cararra said.
“I just told him, ‘Hey, let’s take a break here and go get this guy,”’ Boone recalled. “It was a huge out for him. It was nothing I did.”
The Mariners went ahead 4-2 in the sixth when Willie Bloomquist singled to left to score Guillen.
Fresh off his 100th career victory with the Mariners on April 18 at Anaheim, Moyer allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked two.
“You know he’s going to be tough on you,” Blake said. “You aren’t goingto come by runs easily on that guy.”
The temperature for the first pitch was a chilly 49 degrees. The roof was closed before the first pitch, the seventh time in 14 home games it has been closed this season. … Greg Colbrunn got his first hit as a Mariner with a leadoff single to center in the sixth, breaking an 0-for-12 slump. … Anderson, injured while playing catch during pregame warmups Wednesday, is listed as day-to-day. … With his RBI single in the first, Martinez improved to 9-for-19 with 11 RBIs with runners in scoring position this season. He’seight short of 2,000 career hits.