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Padres hold off late rally to defeat Mariners

Jun 24, 2009 - 6:51 AM SEATTLE(AP) -- Chad Gaudin's brilliant performance was just inches from being derailed in the second inning.

He gave up three singles in a row to the heart of the Seattle Mariners' lineup and walked .123 hitter Ronny Cedeno to force in a run. Then Ichiro Suzuki laced a ball up the right-field line that would have gone for extra bases and scored at least two more runs.

The one problem for Suzuki: First base umpire Randy Marsh called the ball foul.

"It was close," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Yeah, it was close."

Gaudin rebounded and forced Suzuki to ground out to end the inning and he went on to match a career high with 11 strikeouts in the San Diego Padres' 9-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"That right there could have been the difference in the game," Gaudin said. "He gets a base hit and you never know what can happen. Especially after walking in a run, I really made a conscious effort of making sure I made good pitches and minimized the damage and keep him off the bases. He's a great hitter and probably one of the hardest outs in the game and that was a big accomplishment and I think that's why the game stayed where it did."

The Padres offense, bolstered by the return of Scott Hariston from the disabled list, gave Gaudin (3-6) plenty of run support early on. Hairston singled with one out in the fourth and Adrian Gonzalez homered to right off Mariners starter Garrett Olson (2-2), giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.

Olson gave up two more runs in the fifth. A single by Kevin Kouzmanoff and a ground-rule double by Chase Headley chased Olson from the game.

"I was struggling to get the ball down in the zone, especially after the first couple innings," Olson said. "I had to battle to make pitches."

Olson allowed six runs on eight hits over 5 1-3 innings pitched.

Roy Corcoran walked the next two batters on eight pitches to score Kouzmanoff from third. An infield single by Cabrera, a sacrifice fly from Tony Gwynn Jr. and singles by Eckstein and Hairston gave the Padres a 9-1 advantage.

Gaudin's streak ended in the bottom of the sixth when Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 619th homer to right-center field that one-hopped off the top of the wall.

"I felt good today, the slider was working, fastball was working, change was working, and I felt I kept the hitters pretty honest and it worked out great for me," Gaudin said.

Gaudin left after seven innings, giving up two runs and four hits, and the Mariners' bats came to life. Greg Burke gave up a leadoff single to Suzuki in the eight inning. Russell Branyan, who fanned three times against Gaudin, homered to right to close the deficit to 9-4.

After a walk by Griffey and infield single by Franklin Gutierrez, Wladimir Balentien singled to center to drive in a run and chase Burke.

Pinch-hitter Mike Carp then scored Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly to make it 9-6.

Cedeno walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, then Suzuki singled to left off closer Heath Bell to bring the tying runner to the plate. Bell then struck out Branyan before pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney singled off the glove off third baseman Kouzmanoff to score Cedeno from second to pull to 9-7.

Griffey then flew out to center and Gutierrez grounded out to second to wrap up the game for San Diego. Bell picked up his 20th save of the year.

"Never a dull moment," Black said. "Ultimately, we shook hands at the end."

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu was still proud to see the fight his team had to rally back from a seven run deficit to make the game close.

"To come back and score six runs over the last four innings and five in the last two shows this team in not one to give up," Wakamatsu said.

NOTES: Griffey's homer in the sixth was the 5,000th home run in Seattle Mariners franchise history. Griffey is the franchise leader in home runs with 406. Edgar Martinez (309) and Jay Buhner (307) follow. ... Gaudin also struck out 11 against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 30, 2007. ... The Mariners set a season high for most strikeouts in a game with 12. Seattle fanned 11 times against San Diego on June 18. ... Hairston went 2 for 5 with an RBI in his first game since coming off the disabled list.








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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 9 13 1
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 7 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - CHAD GAUDIN, GREG BURKE (8TH), EDWARD MUJICA (8TH), HEATH BELL
    (9TH) AND HENRY BLANCO
    SEA - GARRETT OLSON, ROY CORCORAN (6TH), MIGUEL BATISTA
    (8TH) AND ROB J

    Jun 24 1:02 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE SWEENEY SCORED RONNY CEDENO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SWEENEY ON FIRST, I SUZUKI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9
    SEATTLE 7 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K GRIFFEY JR. (.227, 2-FOR-3, BB, HR, RBI)

    Padres 9, Mariners 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 24 12:59 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIKE CARP SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, W BALENTIEN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9
    SEATTLE 6 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.245, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 9, Mariners 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 24 12:38 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WLADIMIR BALENTIEN SCORED KEN GRIFFEY JR..
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W BALENTIEN ON SECOND, F GUTIERREZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R JOHNSON (.194, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 9, Mariners 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 24 12:34 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (17) TO RIGHT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF GREG BURKE SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.254, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 9, Mariners 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 24 12:26 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEN GRIFFEY JR. (8) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF CHAD GAUDIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: F GUTIERREZ (.255, 1-FOR-2)

    Padres 9, Mariners 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:55 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT HAIRSTON SCORED EVERTH CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, S HAIRSTON ON FIRST, D ECKSTEIN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 9
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: A GONZALEZ (.276, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Padres 9, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:51 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED HENRY BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, E CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 8
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.327, 1-FOR-3)

    Padres 8, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:50 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TONY GWYNN JR. SCORED KYLE BLANKS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E CABRERA ON FIRST, H BLANCO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 7
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: D ECKSTEIN (.264, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Padres 7, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:49 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVERTH CABRERA SCORED CHASE HEADLEY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E CABRERA ON FIRST, H BLANCO ON SECOND, K
    BLANKS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 6
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: T GWYNN JR. (.337, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 6, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:49 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO HENRY BLANCO SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H BLANCO ON FIRST, K BLANKS ON SECOND, C
    HEADLEY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 5
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: E CABRERA (.308, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Padres 5, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 23 11:47 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED EVERTH CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.329, 1-FOR-2)

    Padres 4, Mariners 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 23 11:41 PM
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    Padres 4, Mariners 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 23 11:41 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVERTH CABRERA SCORED HENRY BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E CABRERA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: T GWYNN JR. (.340, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres 3, Mariners 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 23 11:40 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ (24) TO RIGHT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF GARRETT OLSON SCORED SCOTT HAIRSTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K KOUZMANOFF (.241, 1-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 23 11:37 PM
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