Unfortunately for Wade Boggs, Seattle manager Lou Piniella isn't eligible to induct players into the Hall of Fame.
Boggs moved to within five hits of 3,000 in the Mariners' 4-0 victory over Boggs and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday.
"He's had a marvelous career," Piniella said. "When he reaches 3,000, that will be quite a milestone. It should get him into the Hall of Fame."
The Mariners won their fifth game in a row as rookie Freddy Garcia combined with two relievers for a six-hit shutout.
Garcia (11-6), who came to Seattle in the Randy Johnson trade to Houston last year, allowed six hits and tied his career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. He hit a batter and walked one.
His 11 wins are a major league high for rookies.
Boggs, who will be pulled from the Devil Rays' lineup if he gets hit No. 2,999 at Safeco Field so he can go for the milestone at home this weekend, went 1-for-3. He singled to lead off the fifth, but grounded out with two runners on to end the sixth.
Garcia combined with left-hander Steve Sinclair, acquired last week from Toronto in a trade for David Segui, and Jose Paniagua for the Mariners' fourth shutout of the season. It was his second win over Tampa Bay this season.
"We've seen him three times now and tonight was the best I've seen," Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild said.
"My fastball and my changeup were both working pretty good. I'm excited for 11 wins. I've worked hard for that," Garcia said.
"He hit his pitch count," Piniella said of Garcia's 126 pitches.
"He threw the ball well," Boggs said. "He had us off stride just about all night with his changeup. He was getting it over. He had good command of his changeup tonight."
Paniagua closed the game for his second save.
The Mariners won their fifth straight to pull to within one game of .500, while the Devil Rays lost their fourth in a row and for the 10th time in 12 games.
The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. After loading the bases on Alex Rodriguez's infield single and walks to Edgar Martinez and John Mabry, Seattle scored its first run on a wild pitch to Dan Wilson by rookie Mickey Callaway (1-2).
Wilson then singled in Martinez from third base and Russ Davis brought Mabry in from third with a sacrifice fly.
Calloway gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in five innings.
In the seventh, the Mariners added a run when Ken Griffey Jr. singled and left fielder Bubba Trammell committed an error on the play to allow Griffey to go to second. Edgar Martinez singled in Griffey.
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