Mariners Rout Mets 13-1 in Opener

Most teams don't enjoy playing double-headers. That is, of course, unless they're playing against the New York Mets. After having its nine-game winning snapped on Friday night, Seattle pounded Al Leiter for eight runs and nine hits in just two innings on Sunday afternoon. The opener of the doubleheader saw Freddy Garcia and the Mariners cruise to a 13-1 victory at Shea Stadium.

Seattle (41-19) displayed their offensive prowess with seventeen hits after being held to just two runs on Friday night by Jae Weong Seo. Freddy Garcia (6-6) baffled the Mets for nine innings to earn the win.

Brett Boone got the rout going in the first with a double into left that brought home a run. John Olerud, Jeff Cirillo, and Freddy Garcia also added RBIs to give Seattle a 4-0 first inning lead.

Left-hander Al Leiter (6-3) didn't find any success in the second either. Mike Cameron brought home a run with a single as did the next batter, Randy Winn. Two separate wild pitches by Leiter put the Mariners ahead 8-0.

Mets' (27-33) rookie Jeremy Griffiths came on to pitch five innings and allowed six hits and four runs. Mike Stanton, pitching for the first time in eighteen days, pitched a scoreless eighth before John Franco came on to allow a run in the ninth.

Cliff Floyd began the fourth with his twelfth homer of the year, accounting for the lone Mets' run. The left fielder has now hit home runs in two consecutive games, after hitting one on Friday night as well.

Freddy Garcia pitched a complete game -- using 118 pitches -- and allowed just nine hits and one run while walking one and fanning seven. The twenty-six year old right-hander has now won his last three decisions.

The Mets are now 0-5 in double header games this season.

Leiter -- coming off a win last Sunday night against Atlanta -- worked just two innings surrendering nine hits, eight runs, and three walks while striking out two. He threw just fifty-six pitches and is now 2-2 against Seattle in his career.

Notes
Mets activated LHP Mike Stanton and INF Jay Bell from the disabled list on Friday and optioned RHP Pat Strange and INF Marco Scutaro to Triple-A Norfolk... 1B John Olerud played in his first game at Shea Stadium on Friday night since Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS against Atlanta... SS Rey Sanchez (elbow) did not play. Joe McEwing took the start... RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder) and RHP Scott Strickland (elbow) will visit Angels' team doctor Dr. Lewis Yocum on the Mets road trip next week...


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