“He gets better,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said of Moyer. “Arguably, the last two years he’s had have been the best two years he’s had. I don’t see any slowdown. I can’t say enough about him.”
Martinez, the Mariners’ designated hitter, probably will retire at the end of the season. He got his 2,000th career hit May 2 against the White Sox in Chicago, and his homer Sunday was the 280th of his career.
“Obviously, you’re never satisfied, but right now I’m more happy that I feel good and I’m healthy,” said Martinez, who missed a week early in April because of a strained left hamstring.
“I’m looking ahead for a good season. I’m very happy with the way we’re playing. That’s what I’m concentrating on.”
The Mariners won two of three in the series to complete a 3-3 homestand. The White Sox finished their West Coast road trip 2-4.
Moyer (5-2) beat the White Sox for the first time since Aug. 10, 1999. The left-hander, whose ERA is 3.61, allowed two runs on two hits and three walks, striking out three.
Moyer is 4-0 at Safeco Field this year, and 29-16 in his career.
“I think it’s a very fair ballpark,” he said. “You give up hits and you give up a home run and it’s usually deserved. There aren’t any cheap home runs here.”
Chicago left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-6), a 19-game winner last season, lost his career-high fifth consecutive start. Buehrle, who hasn’t won since April 10, allowed five runs—four earned—on nine hits, including two homers, and a career-high six walks.
White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said Buehrle is struggling mentally this season because of a lack of run support.
“He is more or less trying to make that perfect pitch,” Manuel said. “Veteran teams will be patient and make him throw it over the plate. Not scoring runs makes him try to be a little more perfect.”
Frank Thomas hit his 383rd homer for the White Sox to move past Jim Rice into sole possession of 44th place on the career list. Next up is Harold Baines at 384.
Thomas said he hit one of the few mistakes Moyer made all day.
“It was a changeup, a changeup that he missed and he got it out over the plate,” Thomas said.
Colbrunn gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the third when he hit his first homer of the season.
“It felt good,” said Colbrunn, who is hitting .179. “It was just good to hit the ball hard somewhere. I haven’t swung the bat hardly at all since I’ve been here, but hopefully I’ll get things going and get things turned around.”
Thomas hit his seventh homer in the sixth, but Cameron connected for a two-run shot off Rick White in the bottom half.
The Mariners scored an unearned run in the first thanks to an error by center fielder Willie Harris, who let Carlos Guillen’s flyball bounce out of his glove. Buehrle walked Cameron on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
The White Sox tied it with their first hit in the third, Tony Graffanino‘sRBI double.
Moyer, who signed a three-year contract extension with the Mariners in December, is 103-50 since being acquired in a trade with Boston in July 1996. He’s No. 2 in victories for the Mariners behind Randy Johnson’s 130 wins. … During Buehrle’s five-game losing skid, the White Sox have scored a total of four runs. … Thomas was 0-for-13 against the Mariners this season before he homered. It was his 32nd career homer against the Mariners, two at Safeco Field. … Cameron has hit three of his five homers this season against the White Sox, and has 12 of his 26 RBIs in six games against his former team. … The Mariners have hit 11 of their 35 homers against Chicago. … Magglio Ordonez stole a base and has four of Chicago’s nine steals. … The crowd of45,383 was the third sellout in 22 games at Safeco Field this season.