Mariners 13, Mets 1, 1st game; Mariners 7, Mets 0, 2nd game
Suzuki got four hits in the opener as the Mariners bolted to a 12-run lead and routed the Mets 13-1 behind Freddy Garcia’s six-hitter.
Seattle set a team record for wins on a road trip, going 11-1 during stops in Kansas City, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Shea Stadium. The club was 10-0 in April 2002.
“This is our longest trip of the year,” Suzuki said through a translator. “This result is not a small result.”
Suzuki led off the second game with a bunt single and scored, then hit an RBI single the next inning.
“Ichiro, it all starts with him,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “He did it to them again.”
The Mariners improved to 17-0 in day games this season. They did it by outscoring the Mets 20-1 and outhitting them 31-9 on a cloudy afternoon.
“We try to get ahead fast, and that makes the other team play our game,” Suzuki said.
The Mariners made fast work of the Mets, too. Both games were played in 2 hours, 26 minutes.
The Mets, meanwhile, have played three doubleheaders this year and been swept each time, all at home—Milwaukee did it last Thursday and Arizona on April 27.
“We’re 0-3 in these doubleheaders. We have to find a formula to win one game in there,” Mets manager Art Howe said.
Moyer (10-2), who blanked the Mets on two hits for seven innings. He won his seventh straight start, striking out four and walking one.
“I’m more excited about how our team is playing,” Moyer said.
“I’ve seen him do it dozens of times,” said Howe, who formerly managed Oakland and faced Moyer. “He changes speeds so well. He’s a master at it. He just pitches around the edges.”
The Mariners made it easy for Moyer. After Suzuki bunted for a single, Carlos Guillen doubled him home and Cameron hit an RBI single. It was a rough beginning for Mike Bacsik (0-1), making his first start this season.
Moyer singled with two outs in the second, setting up Suzuki’s single that made it 3-0. Dan Wilson hit an RBI single in the sixth, and another run scored on the play on center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s error.
Bret Boone extended his hitting to 14 games, tying a career high, with an RBI single in the ninth. Another run scored when second baseman Jay Bell bobbled a grounder by Mike Cameron and made a wild flip, drawing two errors on the play and boos from the crowd.
Behind Garcia and Suzuki, the outcome in the opener was never in doubt.
Garcia (6-6) pitched his first complete game since May 19, 2002, striking out seven and walking one. He joined the hit parade, too, with an RBI single in the first.
“It’s lucky when they score a lot of runs for you,” Garcia said. “I like to hit, but it’s pretty hard.”
Suzuki led off the opener with a single, swiped second for his 100th career steal and also stole third. He scored as Seattle rushed to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Suzuki singled to start the second inning and scored again as the Mariners made it 8-0 against Al Leiter (6-3).
Leiter was pulled after those two innings, having allowed nine hits and three walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, and each scored a run.
Leiter tied his shortest outing in the regular season for the Mets—in the 1999 NLCS against Atlanta, however, he was chased before recording a single out.
“Any time you give a good pitcher that kind of a lead, it just makes his job that much easier and our guys’ job that much harder,” Leiter said.
Mike Cameron drove in three runs and John Olerud scored three runs. Both contributed as the Mariners scored four more runs in the fourth for a 12-0 lead.
Suzuki hustled for an infield single in the ninth that drove in a run. The two-out single was the Mariners’ 17th and final hit.
Cliff Floyd hit his 12th homer in the fourth for the Mets’ run.
The Mariners have scored 63 first-inning runs in 61 games this season. … Leiter lasted two innings last Sept. 1 against Philadelphia. … Shinjo and Suzuki played against each other for the first time in a regular-season game since leaving Japan. … Seattle’s previous doubleheader sweep was Aug. 8,2000, against the Chicago White Sox.