Seattle got a surprising contribution from Bloomquist, who had not homered in his first 85 career at-bats and had just five RBI in 49 games this season.
The second-year infielder nearly matched his RBI total with one swing in the first, driving a 3-1 pitch from reliever
over the left-field wall to give the Mariners a 6-0 cushion.
"It was a pretty good rush," he said. "It was kind of like in a dream. The first one is something I'll never forget, obviously. It was a pitch I took a good hack at and I got all of it and it was just kind of a blur."
Bloomquist added a two-run single in the fifth inning and scored a run in a three-run seventh.
"It's great to see a guy like that, who works as hard as he does, get some results," Seattle manager
said. "He brings an energy and a fire out there. Offensively, it's coming together for him right now, so it is gratifying."
Seattle went into the All-Star break with an American League-leading record of 58-35 and has not missed former manager
, who left the organization to join the
The first inning provided more than enough support for Pineiro (11-5), who allowed just two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out six and issued only one walk.
"I've always said that it's not haw you start but how you finish," he said. "So I've got to go out and be strong the second half and keep doing the same things I've been doing now."
"I've said all along that he is a No. 1 waiting to happen," Melvin said. "He had great stuff, but his command really wasn't as good as it's been. He's got all of the makings of a guy who can pitch way up there at the top of the rotation. His stuff is probably as good as anybody in the American League."
Tampa Bay starter
(0-5) surrendered five runs, one hit and four walks while getting only two outs. He left after loading the bases and setting the stage for Bloomquist's grand slam.
"I don't have any excuses," Standridge said. "You are never going to hear any excuses from me. I just didn't throw the ball over the plate, like the game is supposed to be played. I felt good. I just didn't throw strikes."
"He couldn't find the plate," Piniella said. "His last two starts haven't been good at all. You walk nine and you're going to give up some runs. It surfaces from time to time."
Bell was shelled for five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
had three hits and took over the American League lead by raising his batting average to .352. He opened the game with an infield single and Standridge issued consecutive walks to
to load the bases.