Mariners 4, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Mike Moore came within three outs of pitching the first no-hitter of the major-league baseball season before he was shelled in the ninth by four singles, and the Seattle Mariners held on to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Wednesday night.
Moore, despite walking four batters, had the Brewers baffled before Robin Yount broke the spell with a leadoff single to center in the ninth on a 2-0 count. Bill Schroeder followed with a single and two outs later, Ted Simmons and Mark Brouhard cracked run-scoring singles to send Moore to the showers.
Reliever Ed Nunez came on to preserve Moore’s third victory in six decisions, recording his fifth save after pitching out of a bases-loaded situation.
Until the ninth, just about every play behind Moore was routine. Only four fly balls were hit out of the infield until the Brewers broke through in the ninth.
Moore, who had failed to last beyond the fourth inning of his two previous starts and had lost his last three games, came into Wednesday night’s contest with a 7.71 earned run average.
The Mariners scored in the first inning off Ray Burris, 1-4, when Phil Bradley ripped a one-out triple and raced home on Al Davis’ groundout to first. Bradley stroked a one-out single in the third and scored on Davis’ double to give Seattle a 2-0 lead.
The Mariners chased Burris in the fifth when Bob Kearney rapped a one-out single and Spike Owen followed with a triple. Davis accounted for the Mariners’ fourth run with a homer in the seventh.
Reliever Jim Kern then came on to pull off an unassisted double play, the first by a pitcher since Jim Umbarger of the Texas Rangers did it in 1975, when he caught Jack Perconte’s squeeze bunt and ran back to tag third base for the third out.