Mariners-Rockies Preview

The Associated Press

It took a trip to an NL ballpark to help the Seattle Mariners end their recent struggles on the road.

The Mariners look to complete a three-game sweep of the struggling Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field.

After Kevin Millwood tossed a two-hitter in Friday's series-opening 4-0 win, Jason Vargas threw seven solid innings Saturday during Seattle's 10-3 victory. The Mariners (18-24) had dropped 12 of their previous 13 on the road before arriving in Colorado.

Seattle, 3-6 entering the finale of a 10-game trip, is looking for its second series sweep away from Safeco Field this season after winning all three at Detroit from April 24-26. It also will try to sweep an interleague road set for the second straight year after doing so in San Diego last May.

Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero each had three hits Saturday as the Mariners pounded out 14 en route to their highest scoring output of the season. Seager, who hit his fifth homer, is 5 for 7 with five RBIs in the series.

If the Mariners are to complete their first sweep in five tries at Coors Field, Sunday's starter Blake Beavan (1-4, 4.58 ERA) will likely need to stick around longer than he has in his last two outings.

The right-hander took a line drive off the elbow and left after three innings of a 3-2 win over Detroit on May 7, then allowed three runs, walked two and hit a batter Tuesday during a 93-pitch effort in four innings of a 5-0 loss at Boston.

"It's just frustrating when you know you're making pitches and nothing really is going your way," Beavan told the Mariners' official website. "You just have to keep going out there and going after guys."

Beavan's only previous interleague appearance also came in his major league debut July 3, when he gave up one run and three hits in seven innings of a 3-1 win at San Diego.

Colorado (15-24) has totaled seven hits in the first two games of this series, and is now trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. Catcher Wilin Rosario drove in two runs and had one of the five hits Saturday for the Rockies, who are batting .226 during a 3-12 slump.

"A lot of us are cold at the same time,'' said Colorado's Michael Cuddyer, hitless in his last 13 at-bats and 12-for-62 (.194) in May. "It's unfortunate that it happens that way, but it does. Every team goes through it and unfortunately, we're going through it right now.''

Colorado pitchers are also struggling, with a 5.63 ERA over the last 15 contests.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.85) will get the ball Sunday for his second start since injuring his shoulder in a bicycle accident last month. The right-hander gave up an unearned run and walked four in 5 1-3 innings Tuesday while not factoring in the decision of a 5-4 victory at San Francisco.

"I didn't feel any different from any other start. I felt pretty strong," Guthrie told the Rockies' official website. "It's certainly good to be back and help the team."

Guthrie, who spent his first eight seasons in the AL with Cleveland and Baltimore, is 2-5 with a 3.72 ERA in nine starts versus Seattle.

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