Mariners Ace Beats Phillies Ace

Not only was it the Mariners have their ace pitching against the Phillies ace, it was the guy the Phillies tried to get against the guy the Phillies got. Jamie Moyer versus Kevin Millwood and in this edition of the matchup, the Mariners got the better of the situation, finishing a rain soaked night with a 4-0 win over the Phillies.

It's starting to look like the 2001
season for Jamie Moyer, Bret Boone and the rest of the Seattle
Mariners.

Moyer pitched seven strong innings to become the first nine-game
winner in the major leagues and Boone hit a two-run homer as
the Mariners extended their winning streak to seven games with a
4-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2001 when the Mariners tied the major league record with 116
wins, Moyer and Boone enjoyed career seasons.  Moyer won 20
games for the only time in his career and Boone hit 37 homers
and drove in 141 runs.

"That was a magical year," Moyer said.  "If we do it again, it'd
be great.  But the way things went in 2001, it was scary how
well we played.   It was just something magical.  I can't
describe it and I really don't believe it's (2001) happened yet.
I really don't."

"We expect to win every night," Boone said. "Since I've been
here (2001), this team goes out and there and we expect to kick
somebody's butt every night."

Moyer and Boone again are having big seasons, helping the
Mariners (38-18) to baseball's best record.  Seattle is six
games behind its 2001 pace.

Moyer (9-2), who attended Saint Joseph's University in
Pennsylvania, won his sixth straight start by easily shutting
down the Phillies.  The 40-year-old soft-tossing lefthander
allowed four hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

"I just tried to go out and do my job," Moyer said. "Interleague
play is a little different because I haven't faced this team in
a long time."

Boone opened the scoring with his blast off Phillies starter
Kevin Millwood (7-3) with two outs in the third.  Boone leads
the Mariners with 16 homers and is tied with Edgar Martinez for
the team lead in RBI with 47.

Millwood endured his second straight loss, getting roughed up
for four runs and seven hits in five innings. The righthander
walked three and struck out six.

In the opening inning, the Mariners put runners on the corners
with two outs.  But Millwood got out that jam by striking out
Mike Cameron.

Moyer worked around a leadoff double in the second and helped
his own cause with a single to start the third.  Two outs later,
Boone sent a 2-0 pitch the opposite way over the right field
wall.

"I haven't faced Kevin that much recently," said Boone, who was
a teammate of Millwood's with the Atlanta Braves in 1999.
"Played with him for a year and he's a friend of mine.  I got a
ton of respect for him as a man, as a pitcher.  And he's a
battle for you every time you go out there."

"I was trying to get it down, but left it up over the plate just
where he likes it," Millwood said.

Boone, who went 3-for-3, is batting .406 (13-for-32) with four
homers and 10 RBI through the first seven games on the Mariners'
12-game road trip.

After Moyer retired the side in order in the third, the Mariners
extended the lead in the fourth when Dan Wilson bounced into a
forceout.

The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting two
runners on with one out.  But Moyer worked out of trouble by
retiring Mike Lieberthal and David Bell.

"The big thing is (Jamie) Moyer kept us off-balance all night,"
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.  "He's the definition of a
pitcher."

Randy Winn capped the scoring with a run-scoring single in the
fifth.

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