Seattle Mariners defeat Chicago Cubs, 8-1

SEATTLE -- As the countdown toward imminent trades of Kosuke Fukudome and others continues into late June, the race was on to see which comes first: a week of run production from the lineup or a crack in the starting rotation that sends the season spinning into oblivion.

Coming off shutout losses on two of their three previous games, the Cubs took the field late Wednesday night facing a former Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee, with an astounding 67-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio -...