The left-hander pitched his first complete game of the year Monday night, coming within two outs of a shutout in a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Angels. He became the fifth pitcher with a 20-win season in his 40s.
Afterward, he talked mostly about the Mariners’ playoff hopes. They are 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the wild-card spot, and four back of AL West leader Oakland with five to play.
“We’re all here doing a job. We’ve got to come out here, play hard and play to win. At this point, we need to win them all,” said Moyer, who turns 41 on Nov. 18.
Moyer finished the six-hitter, securing the second 20-win season of his 17-year career. He went 20-6 in 2001.
“It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. You’re here to do your job and find ways to get better, become consistent and stay consistent,” he said. “Right now the consistency is there, and I’m going to cherish it and enjoy it.”
The only other 40-somethings to win 20 games were Hall of Famers Cy Young, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warren Spahn and Phil Niekro. Spahn and Young did it twice after they turned 40.
Moyer walked one and struck out three in becoming Seattle’s first two-time 20-game winner.
“For him to win 20 games at age 40—and arguably having maybe the best three years he’s ever had—just shows a little something about Jamie Moyer and his work ethic, and how he makes adjustments and learns every year,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.
“You can’t say enough about his performance tonight—on a night we needed him, and on a night when he’s trying to win 20 games. So everything worked out beautifully.”
Seattle’s Edgar Martinez had three hits, including an RBI single and a double.
Moyer kept the Angels off-balance with his usual array of pitches that range from his fastball in the low 80 mph range down to his off-speed stuff in the high 60s.
“He has that ability to change speeds, he had uncanny control, and he has a clear idea of what he wants to do out there,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.
Moyer became the fourth 20-game winner in the majors this year, third in the AL. It was his 27th career complete game.
He is 125-56 since the start of the 1996 season. His .691 winning percentage is the best in the majors during that stretch. He’s 184-132 overall.
Winn drove in two runs in the fifth with the second inside-the-park homer of his career. He hit Gary Glover’s pitch to deep center, and Figgins crashed into the wall and went reeling.
By the time he recovered and retrieved the ball, Winn was headed toward third, and he slid across home plate just ahead of second baseman Adam Kennedy’s relay throw.
Boone hit his 34th homer off Jarrod Washburn (10-15) in the third.
Washburn left after that inning because of soreness in his right ankle, injured slightly in his last start. He gave up three runs on five hits and twowalks in three innings.
Winn’s inside-the-park homer was the 20th in Mariners’ history, and first since Dan Wilson’s grand slam against Detroit on May 3, 1998. Winn’s also was the first in Anaheim since Luis Polonia hit one against Oakland on Aug. 9, 1991. The last visitor to do it was Gary Ward of Texas exactly 19 years to the day before Winn hit his. … Randy Johnson is the only other 20-game winner forSeattle, doing it in 1997.