Olerud paces M's to eighth-straight win

The Mariners are clicking on all cylinders and rolling through one opponent after another. Wednesday's win over Philadelphia was their eighth-straight, improving their season record to 39-18.

The Seattle Mariners made it eight-straight wins, all coming on their current 12-game road trip, as Gil Meche came through yet again Wednesday to lead the red-hot team to a 7-2 victory over Philadephia.

Seattle (39-18) has torn through the road trip with two wins at Kansas City, four at Minnesota, and now two against the Phillies. The latest victory was a team-record 12th consecutive away from home.

Meche improved to 8-2 on the year, holding Philadelphia (31-27) to two runs over six innings. Jim Thome blasted his 13th homer of the year in the second inning, a solo shot. The Phillies would score their only other run in the fifth on a RBI single by outfielder Bobby Abreu.

John Olerud provided the offensive fireworks for Seattle, coming up with a big game from the plate. He smacked two doubles, and finished with a game-high four RBI. Olerud finished the day 3-4.

Ichiro added a 4-5 day to raise his season average .322. In all, eight Mariners recorded hits as Seattle finished with 14 for the game.

Pat Borders, the 40-year-old catcher called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace the injured John Mabry on the roster, had a pinch-hit single for his first hit of the year.

Vincente Padilla, the starter for Philadelphia, lasted six innings but gave up five runs on 10 hits. He took the loss and dropped to 4-7.

Seattle, meanwhile, got three innings of scoreless relief to seal the game once Meche left after the sixth. Giovanni Carrara, Jeff Nelson, Arthur Rhodes and Kazuhiro Sasaki combined to strike out five in that span, all while holding the Phillies hitless.

The Phillies and Mariners finalize the three-game series Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Seattle's Joel Pineiro (5-4, 3.86 ERA) will face Philadelphia right-hander Brandon Duckworth (3-1, 5.81).

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