As far as memorable days go in Seattle Mariners history, Thursday, June 26, 2003 is one that will go down in the history books.
And the record books.
Edgar Martinez became the Mariners all-time RBI leader when he belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning, the highlight in Seattle's 10-6 victory over the Anaheim Angels at Edison International Field.
The two RBI pushed Martinez past the previous record of 1,152, held by Ken Griffey Jr.
Martinez's milestone game came on a night when the Mariners bats heated up against Angels starter Jarrod Washburn. Seattle knocked Washburn around for seven hits and six runs through the first five innings.
Washburn (6-9) took the loss, his fourth in a row. The Angels 28-year-old left-hander, an 18-game winner in 2002, has seen his ERA rise from 3.22 at the start of June to 4.19 after Thursday.
Early on, it looked like this would be the game that would change Washburn's fortunes. Anaheim (37-39) put up four runs in the second inning on five hits off of Gil Meche, the young Mariners right-hander who came into the game looking for his 10th win.
But Seattle (51-26) wasted no time getting back into the game. Back-to-back doubles by the hot-swinging Ben Davis and Ichiro Suzuki plated one run, and a homerun by Bret Boone two batters later made it a 4-3 ballgame.
It was Boone's 22nd blast of the season.
The Angels added a run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Tim Salmon, but again the Mariners stormed back in timely fashion.
In the bottom half of the inning, Seattle knocked around Washburn for three consecutive hits. The third, a double by John Olerud, scored Boone from second and forced Angels' manager Mike Scoscia to go to the bullpen.
With Ben Weber called in from the pen, the Mariners' bats didn't cool. Mike Cameron walked to load the bases, and Randy Winn followed with a two-RBI double. Ben Davis did the rest of the damage, ripping a single through a drawn-in Angels infield to score two more and put the Mariners ahead 8-5.
Anahiem scored its last run in the sixth, as catcher Bengie Molina sent a Meche offering over the wall in right field.
That set the stage for Edgar's historic homer in the seventh, putting the icing on the cake and extending the M's lead to four.
Meche (10-3) got the win, as Shigetoshi Hasegawa shut the Angels down for the final three innings.
Through 39.1 innings, Haswegawa's ERA is at an incredible 0.92 on the season.
Fullmer Out: Angels' designated hitter and Mariners killer thus far throughout the first half of the 2003 season, suffered a season-ending knee injury when he tried to leg out a single in the eighth inning. When his right leg reached the bag, it buckled. He ruptured his patella tendon in the knee, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the game. Chone Figgens was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Fullmer's spot on the roster.