Phillies Come Up Short Again Against Mariners, 7-2

The Mariners and Phillies are seemingly opposite teams. The Mariners do the little things that they need to do to score runs and win games, while the Phillies miss opportunities at every turn. Gil Meche moved to 8-2 on the season with an impressive outing against the Phillies as the Mariners took their second in a row in Philadelphia and their twelfth in a row on the road.

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

first-inning run.


Suzuki opened the game with a single but was erased attempting

to steal.  Carlos Guillen drew a walk and Bret Boone doubled

before Olerud lifted a fly ball to left to plate the game's

first run.


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.


A passed ball by Mike Lieberthal allowed Mark McLemore to score

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

two-run bulge.


Olerud victimized the Philadelphia bullpen, lacing an RBI double

off Terry Adams in the seventh before stroking a two-run single

off Dan Plesac in the ninth to complete the scoring.

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