Interleague play has not slowed down John Olerud and the Seattle Mariners.
Olerud went 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBI and Gil Meche
recorded his fourth straight win as the Mariners posted their
eighth consecutive victory, a 7-2 triumph over the Philadelphia
Entering the game hitting .371 (13-for-35) since May 23, Olerud
opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and
capped it with a two-run single in the ninth. The veteran first
baseman added an RBI double in the seventh.
Meche (8-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. The
righthander, who has lost just once since dropping his first
start of the season on April 5, walked four and struck out
Ichiro Suzuki added a career high-tying four hits for the
Mariners, who have won 12 straight road contests.
Vicente Padilla (4-7) continued to struggle, surrendering five
runs and 10 hits in six innings. After opening the season with
a 3-1 record, Padilla has lost six of his last eight starts.
"Guys are going to have to start producing," Phillies manager
Larry Bowa said. "It's not happening. I hope a lot of them are
After rain delayed the start of the game for 48 minutes, Seattle
grabbed an early lead with their major league-leading 56th
Suzuki opened the game with a single but was erased attempting
before Olerud lifted a fly ball to left to plate the game's
Philadelphia knotted the contest in the bottom of the inning
when Placido Polanco drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a
wild pitch and scored on Bobby Abreu's two-out single.
in the second and Ben Davis' sacrifice fly in the fourth gave
the Mariners a 3-1 edge.
Jim Thome belted his 13th homer of the season in the fifth to
pull the Phillies within a run, but Randy Winn lifted Seattle's
third sacrifice fly of the game in the sixth to regain Seattle's
Olerud victimized the Philadelphia bullpen, lacing an RBI double
off Terry Adams in the seventh before stroking a two-run singleoff Dan Plesac in the ninth to complete the scoring.