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Sweeney's 2 homers lead Seattle in 15-8 rout

May 22, 2010 - 6:39 AM By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE(AP) -- Mike Sweeney immediately sensed relief when he walked in to Seattle's clubhouse Friday afternoon, thanks to a ninth-inning rally a day earlier.

"As a team, we could breath," Sweeney said after going out and breathing a little life into Seattle's sputtering offense.

Sweeney homered twice and drove in six runs in the second-most productive game of his career, and the offensively challenged Mariners busted out for a 15-8 rout of the San Diego Padres to open interleague play.

Sweeney's three-run homer in the second off Wade LeBlanc (2-2) capped a seven-run inning - only the fourth time all season Seattle had scored at least seven runs in a game. Sweeney then added a two-run shot in the Mariners' five-run fifth inning, a startling offensive display from a team that scored 12 runs total during an eight-game losing streak in late April and early May.

"This is a good sign that we do have some life and we do have the ability to score some runs and win some games," Sweeney said.

Josh Bard added a homer and two-run double for Seattle, which easily a scored a season-high in runs. Seattle had scored more than five runs once in the previous 19 games.

The Mariners' offensive onslaught came a day after scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Toronto, capped by Ken Griffey Jr.'s game-winning pinch-hit single.

And Sweeney was at the front of the hit parade.

Getting regular time in the designated hitter spot with Griffey's continuing struggles, Sweeney's two blasts gave him five homers in his last six games. His six RBIs were the second-highest single-game total of his career, only trailing the seven he drove in on July 22, 2004, at Detroit.

It was Sweeney's 17th multihomer game and first since 2005. Asked if Sweeney earned himself more playing time, Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu simply smiled.

"That was a pretty special day," Wakamatsu said.

Cliff Lee (2-2) cruised to his second win with the Mariners, despite allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

The left-hander admittedly "couldn't figure out how to get out" Padres All-Star Adrian Gonzalez, who had three doubles and a single - all to left field - against the former 2008 Cy Young winner. Oscar Salazar had two hits and three RBIs for the Padres.

But Lee could afford to be at less than his best on this night.

"I didn't have my best stuff. I had to battle, but fortunately we erupted offensively and scored a lot of runs," Lee said.

LeBlanc had already allowed five straight batters to reach base and four runs to score in the second when Sweeney drove a hanging curveball off the scoreboard at the back of Safeco Field's bullpens.

Two innings later, and this time against reliever Cesar Ramos, Sweeney lined an 0-2 pitch again into the bullpens. That started another big inning for the Mariners, capped by Bard's two-run double that fell just in front of a diving Chris Denorfia in center field and Josh Wilson's RBI double.

LeBlanc cruised through his first six starts of 2010, giving up two runs or less in each of those starts. But his one previous outing against Seattle also went badly, giving up four runs in 1 1-3 innings last season. Friday's meltdown featured six hits and eight earned runs in three innings. LeBlanc's career ERA against the Mariners stand at 24.90. His ERA for the season went from 1.54 to 3.32.

"If you were to tell me there would be 23 runs with (Wade) LeBlanc, the way he's been throwing, and Cliff Lee, I would have said no way," said San Diego manager Bud Black, who met with LeBlanc immediately after the game to give his pitcher a boost of confidence.

NOTES: San Diego LF Jerry Hairston Jr. was ejected in the sixth inning, vehemently arguing with plate umpire Tim Welke after a called third strike. Hairston had to be separated from Welke by manager Bud Black and first-base umpire Jim Reynolds. ... The 15 runs were the most for Seattle at Safeco Field since 2002. ... San Diego has agreed to terms with infielder Duanel Jones, one of the top prospects out of the Dominican Republic. Jones, who turned 17 on May 11, is scheduled to begin workouts immediately at the Padres' Dominican Republic facility in Najayo, San Cristobal.








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    W Venable rf 5 1 0 0 0 4 2 .240
    D Eckstein 2b 5 3 4 0 0 0 1 .304
    A Gonzalez 1b 5 3 4 1 0 1 2 .286
    C Headley 3b 4 0 1 2 0 0 3 .289
    N Hundley c 5 1 2 1 0 2 4 .244
    O Salazar dh 5 0 2 3 0 0 2 .220
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    May 22 1:24 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY OSCAR SALAZAR SCORED NICK HUNDLEY AND ADRIAN
    GONZALEZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, O SALAZAR ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 8
    SEATTLE 15 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: T GWYNN (.182, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Padres 8, Mariners 15  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 22 12:46 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK HUNDLEY SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N HUNDLEY ON SECOND, A GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 6
    SEATTLE 15 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: O SALAZAR (.208, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Padres 6, Mariners 15  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 22 12:41 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CHASE HEADLEY SCORED WILL VENABLE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, D ECKSTEIN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 5
    SEATTLE 15 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: N HUNDLEY (.224, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 5, Mariners 15  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 22 12:40 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C KOTCHMAN ON FIRST, M SWEENEY ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 15 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J BARD (.429, 2-FOR-2, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Padres 4, Mariners 15  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 22 12:16 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE SWEENEY SCORED CHONE FIGGINS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SWEENEY ON FIRST, F GUTIERREZ ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 14 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.213, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres 4, Mariners 14  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 22 12:11 AM
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    Padres 4, Mariners 13  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 22 12:00 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH WILSON SCORED JOSH BARD
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J WILSON ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 13 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.349, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Padres 4, Mariners 13  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 21 11:50 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH BARD SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN AND MILTON
    BRADLEY
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J BARD ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 12 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J WILSON (.250, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Padres 4, Mariners 12  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 21 11:47 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE SWEENEY (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF CESAR RAMOS SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4, SEATTLE 10
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.214, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres 4, Mariners 10  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 21 11:39 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSH BARD (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF WADE LEBLANC.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4, SEATTLE 8
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J WILSON (.255, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres 4, Mariners 8  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 21 11:19 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JOSE LOPEZ ALLOWED ADRIAN GONZALEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C HEADLEY ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 7 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: N HUNDLEY (.230, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 4, Mariners 7  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 21 11:10 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    SEATTLE 7 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: C HEADLEY (.294, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres 3, Mariners 7  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 21 11:08 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE SWEENEY (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF WADE LEBLANC SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ
    AND ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2, SEATTLE 7
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.216, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 21 11:00 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    1B/FAILED FC BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED JOSH WILSON
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, F GUTIERREZ ON FIRST, I SUZUKI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: M SWEENEY (.241, 1-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 21 10:59 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CHONE FIGGINS SCORED JOSH BARD
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, J WILSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: F GUTIERREZ (.284, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 21 10:53 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, J WILSON ON SECOND, J
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    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: C FIGGINS (.189, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 21 10:52 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH WILSON SCORED MILTON BRADLEY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WILSON ON FIRST, J BARD ON SECOND, C
    KOTCHMAN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.347, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Mariners 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 21 10:51 PM


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    SEATTLE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: SDG - WADE LEBLANC
    SEA - CLIFF LEE

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.349, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
    C FIGGINS (.190, 0 HR, 12 RBI)
    F GUTIERREZ (.286, 4 HR, 20 RBI)

    Padres 2, Mariners 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 21 10:24 PM