The Mariners start the night with a five-game winning streak that's something of an oddity - the last team to win five games while scoring less than 12 runs was the 1974 Baltimore Orioles.
Cliff Lee will try to keep the streak going, and his 1-0 win last Friday was the fifth shutout of his big-league career, a span of 200 starts.
Take the five Mariners runs scored Saturday out of the equation, and Seattle has won four games while scoring only six runs and allowing two.
Yes, this team was built on its pitching, but this is ridiculous pitching, and the Mariners have back-to-back aces in Lee and Felix Hernandez ready to keep it intact.
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How good is this run? Since 2000, it's just the sixth time any team in the majors has had five consecutive games allowing one run or less.
If the Mariners could score a bit more, who knows. When they've scored three runs or less, they're 8-32.
Tonight, it's Lee vs. Randy Wells.
- Marlon Byrd singled and Jeff Baker was credited with a hit when Chone Figgins couldn't corral his ground ball. Derek Lee forced Baker at second, Byrd taking third. Needing a double play to get out of trouble, Lee got Xavier Nady to oblige. That's pitching.
- Here's a note: Cliff Lee just set the club record with his 29th consecutive inning without allowing a walk. He old mark, 28 1/3 innings, belonged to Jamie Moyer.
- Tyler Colvin launched a 1-1 pitch for his ninth home run, a solo shot deep into the stands beyond right-center field. In the second: Chicago 1, Seattle 0.
- So, you want to play that way! Josh Wilson's single with two outs in the second innning was Seattle's only hit, so far. Wells promptly picked Wilson off first base ...
- While pondering how long Mr. Lee will remain a Mariner, consider this: Texas is well on its way to its 10th consecutive win. Should the Mariners lose tonight, they'll fall 14 games off the pace. Yikes!
- One out into the fourth inning, Jose Lopez and Franklin Gutierrez singled. Wilson was safe on an infield chopper that umpire Bill Miller signaled foul - then fair - much to Lou Piniella's displeasure. With the bases loaded, Casey Kotchman singled, scoring Lopez. Rob Johnson struck out. Michael Saunders - batting .202 - walked on four pitches. to force home Gutierrez. Ichiro singled home two runs. In the fourth: Seattle 4, Chicago 1.
- Mr. Lee knows what to do with a lead. He struck out two Cubs, set them down in order in the fifth. That's 71 strikeouts this season - against four walks.
- Insurance, anyone. Johnson singled with one out and took second ase on Colvin's error. Saunders doubled Johnson home. Ichiro bunted safely, Saunders to third. Figgins forced Ichiro, Saunders scoring. In the sixth: Seattle 6, Chicago 1.
- Geovany Soto doubled, then reached third when Alfonso Soriano dropped a pop fly into shallow center field for a double. Lee got a shallow fly for one out, struck out Starlin Castro for the second and fielded a comebacker for the third out. Amazing pitching. In the seventh: Seattle 6, Chicago 1 .
- Johnson led off the eighth with a walk and Saunders hit his fifth home run of the season, a 398-foot shot over the wall in right-center field. In the eighth: Seattle 8, Chicago 1.
- Lee finished up, his third complete game in the last four starts. Seattle has a six-game winning streak, Lee is 6-3 and the price for acquiring him in trade? It just went up. It's a final: Seattle 8, Chicago 1.