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10/16/2001 04:26 AM ET
M's drop Indians with Moyer, McLemore and mojo
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Mark McLemore's two-run single in the second helped lift Seattle into the ALCS
Game highlights: 56k | 300k
Ichiro's infield hits: 56k | 300k
Box score

SEATTLE -- All the Seattle Mariners needed was Jamie Moyer, Mark McLemore and their mojo.

Moyer combined with three other Mariners pitchers on a four-hitter and McLemore backed them with a two-run single to lift Seattle to a 3-1 victory Monday over the Cleveland Indians and clinch the American League Division Series in the deciding Game 5.

The Mariners now will have at least four more games to talk about their incredible 116-46 regular-season record. They advance to the American League Championship Series and face the Yankees in a rematch of last year's ALCS.

The ALCS, a best-of-seven series, will start Wednesday at SAFECO Field no matter who wins between the Yankees and Athletics.

Keep the fleece handy.

"I've said all along that [the regular-season record] wouldn't be a burden for us in the postseason," Seattle Manager Lou Piniella said. "The postseason is a completely different situation than the regular season. All the teams that qualify are all capable of winning."

It's the Mariners who won Monday. When closer Kazuhiro Sasaki got Juan Gonzalez to ground out to third baseman David Bell and end the game, Mariners players gathered near second base to hug and congratulate each other. If they were jet lagged from the late flight Sunday following Game 4 in Cleveland, it didn't show in their enthusiasm.

"We are one step away from our goal, one series away, one tough series away and we know that," Mariners second baseman Bret Boone said. "We started out this season, played well and had one goal on our mind and that was to get to the World Series and win it."

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The 1998 Yankees won 114 regular-season games and knew they'd be ridiculed if they didn't win the World Series. They did. Now, the pressure is on the Mariners.

"It wouldn't look very good if we won 116 games and got knocked out in the first round," said M's reliever Jeff Nelson, who was part of that Yankees team. "Back there [in New York], they want you to win 162 games."

Seattle fans will settle for just eight more wins.

"We rely on pitching and solid defense. That's constant, almost every day," Piniella said. "And it's a good formula."

This was the third Division Series to go the distance this year, joining the Yankees-Athletics and the St. Louis-Arizona series. Since 1995, the Division Series had been played to the max four times, all in the American League.

The Mariners now have advanced twice to the ALCS in their last four postseason appearances, although last year's three-game sweep against the Chicago White Sox was a lot easier. The Indians put up a good fight.

"We took them to five games, the best team in baseball," Cleveland starter Chuck Finley said. "They were just a little bit better than us."

The Seattle weather cooperated and the 47,867 at SAFECO, the largest crowd ever at the new ballpark, didn't need the roof, just some hot chocolate to ward off the chill when they weren't cheering.

It was postseason payback time for the Mariners, who lost to the Indians in six games in the 1995 ALCS.

Seattle, which won an American League record 116 games, tying the 1906 Chicago Cubs for best regular season mark, still has a chance to do what the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance team couldn't: Win a World Series.

The Indians, who reclaimed the Central Division title for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, can only board their charter for the long flight back home. Cleveland Manager Charlie Manuel had hoped to postpone his gall bladder surgery a little longer, like mid-November. Sorry, Charlie.

Moyer (2-0) continued his trend of keeping the Indians off balance, throwing anywhere from 75 to 85 in any situation. Paint dries faster than Moyer's pitches.

"It just shows you don't have to throw hard to put up a good game," Nelson said.

Moyer struck out the heart of the Cleveland lineup -- Juan Gonzalez, Ellis Burks and Jim Thome -- in the fourth, all on called third strikes, saying he got a "second wind." And the Indians couldn't blame any sharp shadows because it was overcast as a light cloud cover moved in.

"He threw a few more fastballs and nibbled on the corners and got some calls from the corner to away," Thome said of Moyer. "He was smart enough to stay out there."

Manuel kept up a constant banter from the dugout with home plate umpire Mark Hirschbeck, apparently perturbed by some of the calls Moyer was getting.

All the talk didn't faze the 20-game winner, who gave up one run on three hits and one walk over six innings, striking out six of the last nine batters he faced.

"Cleveland has some really good fastball hitters and unless you can throw the ball up there 93, 94, 95 miles an hour, you're going to have problems," Piniella said. "Good fastball hitters are a little more susceptible to the off-speed stuff. And Jamie exploited that exceptionally well."

Nelson replaced Moyer in the seventh and struck out four of the six batters he encountered. Arthur Rhodes got the final out of the eighth and Sasaki pitched the ninth for his first save.

"Seattle has a great ballclub," Manuel said. "They won 116 games. And the last two days, especially, I felt like their pitching really shut us down. And we've got a pretty good offense."

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4, including two infield hits, to finish batting .600 (12-for-20) in the series. There is no MVP awarded in the Division Series but if there was, the Japanese right fielder should get it. His 12 hits matched Edgar Martinez's club record for most in one series, set in the 1995 ALDS against New York.

Speaking of Martinez, he added an insurance RBI single in the seventh. The "Ancient Mariner" collected five RBIs in the series and now has 20 in his career ALDS games. New York's Bernie Williams entered Monday's game with 18 career ALDS RBIs.

Cleveland starter Chuck Finley (0-2) kept his adrenaline in check, which contributed to his problems in Game 2 when he served up a pair of two-run homers in the first inning.

The Indians lefty exited after loading the bases with one out in the fifth but David Riske struck out Boone -- the 10th time he's whiffed in the series -- and got Martinez to ground out to Roberto Alomar at second and end the inning.

"I thought when Riske stopped them that one inning that we'd win the game," Manuel said.

But they didn't. Finley fell to 0-2 in five career playoff appearances, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

The veteran left-hander walked Martinez and John Olerud to start the Mariners second -- Finley wasn't happy with some of the calls during the latter at-bat -- and then hit Mike Cameron to load the bases. Finley regrouped and struck out both Dan Wilson and David Bell, with Bell looking at a called third strike, before McLemore smacked the first pitch to left for a single. Marty Cordova dove for the ball but umpire Kerwin Danley signaled a hit and Martinez and Olerud both scored.

During Ichiro's at-bat, McLemore broke for second and Finley threw to first baseman Jim Thome. Cameron tried to scamper home on the play and was thrown out at home on the caught stealing, 1-3-6-2, to end the inning.

Travis Fryman doubled to lead off the Indians third, advanced on Cordova's fly ball out and, after Einar Diaz coaxed a walk, scored on Kenny Lofton's single to center to make it 2-1.

The Indians bullpen did keep the game close. Seattle stranded three in the fifth and two in the sixth. But Danys Baez cracked in the M's seventh, serving up a RBI single to Martinez.

The Mariners, who faced almost no pressure during their romp to the AL West title, survived two elimination games in the ALDS.

"I think it shows a little more about what we're made of," Moyer said. "We probaby didn't go through spells where we had to win a game at any certain time. The last two games have been win or go home."

And the Mariners were able to do both.

Carrie Muskat is a regional writer for MLB.com based in Chicago.

Box score

Mariners 3, Indians 1

SAFECO Field

FINAL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Indians 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Mariners 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 3 9 1
Indians AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG SLG
Kenny Lofton - CF 4 0 1 1 1 0 1 .105 .263
Omar Vizquel - SS 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .409 .545
Roberto Alomar - 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .190 .333
Juan Gonzalez - RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .348 .739
Ellis Burks - DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .316 .526
Jim Thome - 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .158 .316
Travis Fryman - 3B 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .176 .235
Marty Cordova - LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250
Einar Diaz - C 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .312 .312
Totals 30 1 4 1 5 1 11 - -
Batting:
2B - Fryman (1, Moyer).
RBI
- Lofton (3).
GIDP
- Alomar 2.
Team LOB
- 3.
Mariners AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG SLG
Ichiro Suzuki - RF 4 1 3 0 3 0 0 .600 .650
Stan Javier - LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .375
Bret Boone - 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .095 .095
Edgar Martinez - DH 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 .312 .750
Al Martin - PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
John Olerud - 1B 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 .176 .176
Mike Cameron - CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222 .556
Dan Wilson - C 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 .200 .267
David Bell - 3B 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 .312 .562
Mark McLemore - SS 4 0 2 2 2 0 2 .167 .167
Totals 29 3 9 3 9 4 13 - -
Batting:
S - Javier 2.
RBI
- McLemore 2 (3), E Martinez (5).
2-out RBI
- McLemore 2, E Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out
- E Martinez 2, McLemore 2, Cameron 1.
Team LOB
- 9.
Baserunning:
CS -
Suzuki (2, 3rd base by Finley/Diaz); Cameron (1, home by Finley).
Fielding:
E - Mclemore (1, throw).
DP:
2 (Mclemore-Boone-Olerud, Bell-Boone-Olerud).
Indians IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF ERA
Chuck Finley (L, 0-2) 4.1 4 2 2 4 7 90 42-48 20 7.27
David Riske 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 21 5-16 6 0.00
Ricardo Rincon 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 11 5-6 3 9.00
Danys Baez 1.2 2 0 0 0 4 30 10-20 7 2.45
Pitching:
WP - Finley, Rincon. HBP - Cameron (by Finley).
Ground balls-fly balls: Finley 3-1; Riske 1-2; Rincon 1-0; Baez 0-1.
Mariners IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF ERA
Jamie Moyer (W, 2-0) 6 3 1 1 1 6 86 35-51 21 1.50
Jeff Nelson (H, 2) 1.2 1 0 0 0 4 32 12-20 6 0.00
Arthur Rhodes (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2-3 1 0.00
Kazuhiro Sasaki (S, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 1-9 3 0.00
Pitching:
Ground balls-fly balls: Moyer 9-3; Nelson 1-0; Rhodes 0-1; Sasaki 2-0.
Umpires: HP--Mark Hirschbeck. 1B--Ron Kulpa. 2B--Steve Rippley. 3B--Ted Barrett. LF--Kerwin Danley. RF--Jerry Layne.
Time:3:18
Attendance: 47,867
Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 7 mph, left to right.
BOX SCORE COURTESY OF SPORTSTICKER ENTERPRISES, L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED