Mariners back on course


A day after the end of their 15-game winning streak, the Seattle Mariners started a new spurt. John Olerud, Ichiro Suzuki and Al Martin homered as Seattle won for the 16th time in 17 games, routing the San Diego Padres 8-1 Sunday. John Halama (5-4) scattered seven hits in seven shutout innings to complete an 11-1 homestand. At 48-13, the Mariners matched the 1939 New York Yankees for the second-best 61-game record since 1900 behind the 1912 New York Giants (50-11). Suzuki got his 100th hit with his home run, and the seven-time batting champion from Japan is on pace to finish with 266 hits, which would be a major league record. In the one National League game, Colorado routed St. Louis 12-3. Braves 4, Yankees 1 At New York, Greg Maddux (6-5) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to defeat Mike Mussina (5-7), who gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in eight innings in losing his third straight start.

Diamondbacks 12, Royals 5 At Kansas City, Luis Gonzalez and Erubiel Durazo hit three-run homers, and the Diamondbacks tied a team record for runs in an inning with an eight-run fourth that put it ahead 12-1. Astros 6, Rangers 5 At Arlington, pinch-hitter Orlando Merced brought Texas back from a 4-3 deficit with a three-run homer off Jeff Zimmerman (2-4) with two outs in the ninth, making a winner of Jay Powell (2-1). Houston took two of three in the first Astros-Rangers matchup. Pirates 11, Twins 8 At Minneapolis, Brian Giles singled to open a seven-run eighth inning and capped the rally with a two-run triple. Minnesota took an 8-1 lead after the second inning and was ahead 8-4 in the eighth.

White Sox 3, Cubs 1 At Comiskey Park, Chris Singleton hit a solo homer as the White Sox won for the 13th time in 16 games, taking two of three in the Crosstown Series. Kip Wells (3-2) outpitched Jon Lieber (6-4). Red Sox 5, Phillies 4 At Boston, Dante Bichette, taking over as cleanup hitter because Manny Ramirez was sick, went 3-for-4 with a home run. Philadelphia led 3-1 in the eighth before Carl Everett homered off Robert Person, Troy O’Leary hit a tying double off Rheal Cormier (3-1), and Troy O’Leary added another RBI double to make a winner of Hideo Nomo (6-3). Reds 9, Indians 3 At Cleveland, rookie Chris Reitsma (3-5), backed by a 9-0 lead, allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings to beat Jaret Wright (2-1) and get his first win since April 14. Marlins 7, Blue Jays 2 At Toronto, Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run double and Derek Lee had a two run triple as Brad Penny (5-1) defeated Esteban Loaiza (5-6). Orioles 3, Expos 2 At Baltimore, Jason Johnson (6-3) came within an out of his first complete game in the majors, taking a four hitter into the ninth before fading. Javier Vazquez (5-7) pitched a six-hitter for Montreal. Mets 10, Devil Rays 0 At Tampa Bay, Kevin Appier (4-5) allowed four hits in seven innings and struck out nine, and Mark Johnson and Joe McEwing hit two-run homers. Albie Lopez (3-8) lost his seventh straight decision. Athletics 6, Giants 2 At Oakland, Eric Chavez and Jeremy Giambi hit consecutive homers against Livan Hernandez (4-9) in a three-run eighth. Mark Mulder (8-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. Angels 6, Dodgers 5 At Los Angeles, Garret Anderson hit a one-out, solo homer off Eric Gagne (1-4) in the 10th after Jorge Fabregas singled home the tying run against Jeff Shaw with one out in the ninth. Brewers 8, Tigers 3 At Detroit, Jeromy Burnitz drove in five runs with two homers, and Jamey Wright (5-4) defeated Chris Holt (4 5).