Hitting a single was the hardest part for Bret Boone.
Boone homered, tripled and doubled -- all while Seattle was scoring 13 times in the first three innings -- and the Mariners coasted past the Detroit Tigers 16-1 Wednesday night.
Boone fell short of the cycle, but no matter. At 91-36, the Mariners matched last year's team record for victories in a season.
"A lot of guys had good games," David Bell said. "That made it a little more enjoyable for us."
Bell went 5-for-5, John Olerud hit a pair of two-run homers and Edgar Martinez drove in five runs. Ichiro Suzuki singled twice in a six-run first inning, and Seattle added seven runs in the third at Safeco Field.
Boone hit his 28th homer and drove in three runs, giving him 111 RBIs. Needing a single for the cycle, he fouled out and grounded out.
"I guess (the cycle) wasn't meant to be, but it wasn't for a lack of trying," he said. "I never realized just how hard it is to get a hit in that situation."
In other AL games, Cleveland defeated Oakland 5-4 in 11 innings, Anaheim beat Boston 4-2, Chicago overtook Kansas City 13-12, Texas topped New York 8-1, Minnesota beat Toronto 6-3 and Tampa Bay rallied past Baltimore 11-10.
Seattle set a season high for hits (20) and runs in its most lopsided win of the year.
Olerud and Boone hit consecutive homers, and Bell also connected in the first inning off Jose Lima (4-5). Lima got only two outs in the shortest start of his career.
"Two words: I stink," Lima said. "They got me and I have no excuses. I made a couple of bad pitches in that first inning and they got me. This is one team you cannot make a mistake against."
Martinez hit a two-run double in the first and a three-run double in the third.
Paul Abbott (13-3) won for the 11th time in 12 decisions. But he injured his groin and is expected to miss his next scheduled start.
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