The sellout crowd at Safeco Field got a chance to pay tribute. Now, Seattle fans hope to cheer the Mariners to a title.
The Mariners clinched at least a tie for the AL West championship, beating Anaheim 4-0 Tuesday night on Freddy Garcia's three-hitter.
U.S. Marines presented the colors, and fans waved American flags during a pregame ceremony to remember last Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington.
"What a great way to return," Seattle second baseman Bret Boone said. "It was nice to have people yelling 'USA.' The chants kind of gives you goose bumps."
The Mariners returned from a weeklong layoff and posted their 105th victory. Seattle can win the division Wednesday night with a win over the Angels or an Oakland loss at Texas.
In other AL games, Oakland beat Texas 6-5, New York defeated Chicago 11-3, Cleveland downed Kansas City 11-2, Minnesota defeated Detroit 8-3, Toronto beat Baltimore 8-5 and Boston topped Tampa Bay 7-2.
Garcia (17-5) improved to 5-0 against Anaheim this season and lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.85.
Garcia allowed three singles and struck out a season-high nine.
"Right now, what people need is baseball," he said. "They need a distraction. They need to come to the ballpark and watch a game."
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits for Seattle. He leads the AL in batting at .350 and tops the majors with 220 hits.
In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks built a big lead for 20-game winner Curt Schilling.
The San Francisco Giants called on closer Robb Nen in the ninth.
And streaking starter Terry Adams was shutting down San Diego at Dodger Stadium.
All the contenders in the wild NL West had great opportunities to win Tuesday night. One by one, they wasted them.
"We lost out on a chance, and we're to a point in time where we're making it tougher on ourselves," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Their division rivals probably feel the same way, even though Los Angeles is in the most precarious position -- four games behind first-place Arizona and three back of St. Louis in the wild card race.
Todd Helton and Jeff Cirillo opened the ninth with back-to-back homers off Byung-Hyun Kim (5-6) as the Colorado Rockies came back from a six-run deficit for a 10-9 win over Arizona at Coors Field.
Schilling, who wrote a heartfelt letter to America after last week's terrorist attacks, had a 6-0 lead and was in position to win his 21st game. But he was knocked out after five innings, giving up six runs and 10 hits.
Andres Galarraga hit the longest home run in the two-year history of Pacific Bell Park, but Nen (4-4) gave up a game-tying triple to Jeff Bagwell and a sacrifice fly to Moises Alou in the ninth as the Houston Astros stunned San Francisco 3-2.
The Giants remained two games behind Arizona, but dropped a game back in the wild card race.
"It's not the right time to do it, no doubt," Nen said.
The Dodgers couldn't muster much offense against Kevin Jarvis (12-10) in a 3-2 loss to the Padres, wasting another strong outing from Adams.
In pursuit of his fourth consecutive victory, Adams (12-7) gave up just two runs and two hits -- a career low as a starter -- in eight innings.
"I give up two runs, but in the back of my mind I know these guys are trying their best," Adams said. "Guys are still struggling with all that's happened in the past two weeks. Guys are not really wanting to be out here."
In other NL games, it was Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 3; New York 7, Pittsburgh 5; St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 4; Cincinnati 6, Chicago 5; and Florida 3, Montreal 1.
Astros rookie starter Roy Oswalt left after two innings with a right groin strain. He allowed one run -- Galarraga's homer -- on three hits.
Oswalt, who had won five straight starts and six consecutive decisions for the NL Central-leading Astros, was listed as day-to-day.
"I'm concerned about it," Houston manager Larry Dierker said. "It sounds like at least another start, maybe more."
In other news, Tony Gwynn's alma mater, San Diego State, is expected to announce at a news conference Thursday that he will replace baseball coach Jim Dietz after the 2002 season.
Phillies 4, Braves 3
Scott Rolen singled home the winning run off John Smoltz (2-3) as host Philadelphia scored twice in the ninth inning to rally past Atlanta and pull within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Braves in the NL East.
Mets 7, Pirates 5
Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the streaking Mets, who wore caps in tribute to New York's firefighters, police and emergency rescue workers.
The Mets came back for their 10th victory in 11 road games. At 73-73, the defending NL champions reached the .500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the season.
Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 40th save.
Cardinals 9, Brewers 4
Albert Pujols homered, doubled and drove in five runs, setting two team rookie records in the process, as host St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games to take sole possession of the wild card lead.
Reds 6, Cubs 5
Brady Clark's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth rallied Cincinnati past Chicago.
The Cubs' sixth loss in seven games left them 2 1/2 games back in the wild card race.
Marlins 3, Expos 1
In front of the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd in 17 years, Preston Wilson homered twice for Florida.
The announced crowd of 2,917 was Montreal's smallest since drawing 2,803 for a weekday afternoon game against St. Louis on Sept. 27, 1984.
Cliff Floyd hit his 30th home run for the Marlins, backing seven scoreless innings by Brad Penny (8-9). Penny was 0-8 his last 11 starts after getting off to a 7-1 start.
Expos ace Javier Vazquez will miss the rest of the season with a fractured eye socket after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Ryan Dempster on Monday night.
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