SEATTLE (AP) -- Another win for Aaron Sele. Another chance for
Seattle's modest right-hander to discuss the defense behind him and
avoid taking much credit.
Yet everyone else was happy to praise Sele on Sunday after he
pitched a career-best two-hitter and retired 22 straight batters to
lead the Mariners over the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0.
Sele (11-1) struck out five and walked one in his first complete
game of the season and seventh career shutout.
"Any time you go out and contribute to a win it's important,"
Sele said. "The fact it was a complete game was nice."
Podsednik was elated to receive a standing ovation from the
45,855 fans at Safeco Field after his hit, but didn't want to take
the focus off Sele.
"I had electricity flowing through me," the 25-year-old
outfielder said. "But I don't want to take away from Sele's
Seattle DH Edgar Martinez strained his left quadriceps muscle
and is expected to miss at least a few days, manager Lou Piniella
Martinez took off on a hit-and-run play in the first inning and
grabbed his leg as Olerud fouled off the pitch. After being checked
by trainers, Martinez stayed in the game.
But Martinez left for a pinch hitter in the third. He will be
In an interleague game between West division leaders, Sele won
his third straight start and shut down Arizona star Luis Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who entered the game as the National League's
third-best hitter at .357, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to
"He throws a curveball about 72, a slider like 84 to 86 and
then mixes in a fastball now and then about 88 to 92," Gonzalez
said. "He just kept us off-balance all day."
As far as numbers go, Sele said Sunday's performance was the
best he's felt in his career. Fellow starter Paul Abbott won't
"It was a typical Aaron Sele day," Abbott said. "I saw his
best curveball of the year and he had his location outside. When he
has all that he can throw great games. When he doesn't, he still
The Mariners have asked Sele to use his changeup more
frequently, Piniella said.
After giving up a second-inning single to designated hitter
Erubiel Durazo, Sele did not allow another runner until David
Dellucci reached on shortstop Mark McLemore's two-out error in the
ninth. Podsednik caught Gonzalez's fly ball to left field to end
It was the fifth shutout for the Mariners this season and the
fourth time Arizona was shut out.
Sele, who was 0-1 with four no-decisions in June, threw the 23rd
individual two-hitter in Mariners history. The last to do it was
Randy Johnson on June 2, 1997, in a 3-0 win against Toronto. Sele
has matched teammate Freddy Garcia for the best record on the team
and the second-best in baseball behind the New York Yankees' Roger
With Craig Counsell and Dellucci in the starting lineup, Arizona
used all seven of its left-handed hitters against Sele.
"He was real effective. When you throw the ball the way he did
tonight, it doesn't matter who you send up there," said Arizona
manager Bob Brenly.
Cameron, a last-minute replacement in last week's All-Star game
at Safeco Field, homered over the left-field wall against Robert
Ellis (6-4) in the second inning for a 1-0 lead.
Ellis gave up the home run to Olerud in the fifth that put the
Mariners ahead 3-0.
Podsednik's triple highlighted a five-run seventh. Olerud also
drove in a run in with a single in the inning.
Seattle leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-5 to extend his
slump to 0-for-13. Going hitless for the third straight game,
Suzuki had his batting average drop to .337.
Suzuki said he has "no sense of my feeling of my hitting at the
"Everybody's human," Piniella said. "Anybody can struggle
from time to time. He'll get it going again."
Suzuki made a strong relay from right field, however, in the
first inning to help cut down Gonzalez at the plate.
Safeco Field opened two years ago Sunday. The Mariners are
101-66 in their new stadium for a .605 winning percentage. ...
Arizona was the last team in the NL West that Seattle hadn't
played. ... The five-run seventh inning was the largest against
Arizona since May 12 vs. Philadelphia. ... Arizona's bullpen had
allowed just one run in 23 innings in their prior nine games before
giving up five runs in the seventh Sunday.