Piniella calmed the crowd by bringing on Alan Levine, who retired
on a soft liner to shortstop. Piniella summoned rookie
, who struck out on a 2-2 pitch.
came on and got
to fly out to shallow right field, securing his 15th save and preserving Piniella's first win at Safeco Field since leaving the Mariners last October.
"We just wanted some matchups, nothing more, nothing less," Piniella said. "Zambrano has been pitching very well for us. He had a low pitch count and he had a week off. They got to him in the ninth with a couple of solo shots, but our bullpen came in and did a nice job, and we squeezed out a win."
With the retractable roof closed, the teams combined for seven home runs. Lee's solo blast off reliever
in the eighth proved to be the difference as the
ended a three-game losing streak.
"I guess it makes that much of a difference when the roof is open or closed," Lee said. "That's the most home runs we've hit in a game, maybe even in the last two weeks combined."
(10-5) surrendered three homers among 10 hits in five innings, marking the second straight outing he failed to reach the sixth.
"I'm not pitching the way I want to or I should be," Meche said. "They pretty much swung at every pitch I threw. You've got to make sure you keep the ball down. I had the best curveball I've had all year, which is a plus."
Rolls led off the second with his fourth home run,
followed with a single and Valentin launched his third homer to give Zambrano a 3-0 lead.
Seattle tied it an inning later as
had an RBI triple and scored on
's two-out home run. That turned out to be the Mariners' last hit off Zambrano until Bloomquist doubled with one out in the eighth.
"I pitched pretty good," said Zambrano, who has won his last four decisions. "I tried to close the game. I tried to throw my innings. I know I got support from the bullpen."
Perez put the
back on top in the fourth with his first major league home run and former Mariner
plated another run in the fifth with a double play.
Lee, who is 10-for-19 on Tampa Bay's six-game road trip, made it 6-3 in the eighth with his seventh home run.
"It was a sinker away," he said. "I hit it and I actually thought Cameron was going to run it down in the gap. It just kept going and he climbed the wall. I thought he was going to catch it. He just barely missed it."