Padres 5, Mariners 1
Eaton (4-7) worked 6 1-3 solid innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks as the Padres won two in the three-game series.
After the eighth inning, the Mariners announced that they traded pitcher Freddy Garcia and catcher Ben Davis to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Miguel Olivo, minor league outfielder Jeremy Reed and minor league shortstop Mike Morse.
Talk in Seattle’s clubhouse focused on the deal.
“It’s hard to lose a guy that we’ve played a long time with,” Seattle’s Edgar Martinez said. “He’s done a good job for us, and he was doing a good job this year. You’ve got to feel good for him.”
Garcia, who suffered from a lack of run support, was 4-7 in 15 starts this year but had a 3.20 ERA.
“I’ve got a lot of good memories here,” Garcia said. “I can’t count them. Nice people, a good team, what can I say? It’s all good.”
Cirillo put San Diego up 3-0 in the second, driving the first pitch he saw from Jamie Moyer (6-4) an estimated 413 feet, a high shot that sailed over the San Diego bullpen behind left field.
“I felt good,” Cirillo said. “As far as home runs go in my career here, I can’t think of any that felt better.”
Cirillo spent the last two seasons with the Mariners, and his struggles at the plate after he left the National League were a constant source of frustration for Seattle fans and the defensively sound third baseman.
He was a career .304 hitter and two-time All-Star when he came to Seattle, but hit .249 in 2002 and .205 last season.
“It was great to come back here and get a big hit in a place where I had some struggles,” he said.
Cirillo always spoke of his affection for the city, and he makes his offseason home in suburban Redmond, Wash. After touching the plate on his home run trot, he raised his index finger and looked at his son, Cole.
“I flicked my finger, kind of Pedro Guerrero-style,” Cirillo said. “I loved it when he was with the Dodgers. I said if I ever hit a homer, when I came across home plate I would give him a little flick of the finger.”
The Mariners didn’t help themselves in the field, with two errors leading to two San Diego runs.
The Padres made it 4-0 with an unearned run in the third. Mark Loretta reached on a fielding error by Willie Bloomquist—in the lineup to give shortstop Rich Aurilia a day off—and scored on Jay Payton’s bloop single to right.
It was 5-0 in the fourth on another unearned run when Brian Buchanan scored on Loretta’s sacrifice fly. He should’ve been out running to third, but Scott Spiezio mishandled a routine grounder by Khalil Greene.
Eaton, who grew up just north of Seattle in Snohomish, Wash., improved to 4-1 in June, losing only to the surging Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Before that, he had lost six straight decisions dating to April 23.
“There were quite a few people from Snohomish, and quite a few people I knew growing up were here today,” Eaton said. “It was nice to pitch in front of them.”
He held the Mariners to one hit until the seventh. John Olerud drew a leadoff walk, went to second when Martinez singled, took third on fly to the warning track in left and made it 5-1 on Jolbert Cabrera’s RBI single.
“I had good command of down-and-away and in to lefties,” Eaton said. “It makes the game a lot easier when I’m able to throw the fastball for a strike, cutter here and there and a curveball early in the count.”
Moyer threw on two days’ rest after working three relief innings in Seattle’s 18-inning loss Thursday at Texas. He went five innings, allowing fiveruns—three earned—on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
San Diego’s 22 wins over Seattle are the most against any AL team. The Padres are 22-16 against the Ms. … Seattle LHP Matt Thornton made his major league debut, relieving Moyer in the sixth. … Mariners CF Randy Winn dived headfirst to steal a hit from Payton in the eighth … Moyer is 0-4 with a 7.86 ERA in day games. He has allowed 19 homers, second most in the AL to Anaheim’sBartolo Colon.