SEATTLE (Ticker) --
finally got some support and ended the longest drought of his career.
Pineiro snapped a career-high seven-game losing streak with eight strong innings and six players drove in runs for the
, who rolled to an 8-1 victory over the
Pineiro (2-8) was 0-7 in nine starts since his previous win on April 18. He posted a respectable 3.86 ERA during that span but got little help as the Mariners were held to four runs or fewer six times.
"It just feels nice to get a win," Pineiro said. "I was just trying to go out there and be aggressive, and it paid off. I've got to try to keep the same momentum for my next start."
The 25-year-old righthander allowed just one run and six hits while striking out eight. He surrendered a homer to
in the fifth, ending Seattle's scoreless streak of 28 innings.
Sledge's home run also ended the Expos' 31-inning scoring drought against the Mariners, who posted shutouts in the first two games of the series. Seattle has allowed just five runs in its last six games.
As impressive as Pineiro was, Mariners manager
was equally enthused with eight runs - the most his team has scored since May 20.
"If we are going to string some wins together, the middle of the order is going to have to be productive," Melvin said. "Today, it seemed the guys got better at-bats and were a little more relaxed."
was moved to third in the batting order while
took over the leadoff role. Melvin expects the lineup to stay the same when the Mariners travel to Milwaukee for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.
"Well, we've won two games doing it," Melvin said. "I'm not going to change for our next game. We seem to have some flow going and Randy is doing a nice job."
sparked a three-run third with an RBI double and
belted a two-run homer in the seventh as Seattle won for the sixth time in eight games.
Montreal starter Tony Armas Jr. (0-2) surrendered five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
was ejected in the seventh inning when he protested a called third strike by plate umpire Doug Eddings. He was the third Montreal player to be tossed in the last two games.
"We are the type of team that doesn't get very many calls - the whole season, last year, the year before," said Cabrera, who added that the ejection was the first for him at any level in baseball. "We would probably get more respect if we had a city and an owner."