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Mariners take two straight from A's

Apr 4, 2007 - 6:38 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle Mariners have figured out Joe Blanton and the Oakland Athletics.

Yuniesky Betancourt and Richie Sexson homered to lead the Mariners to an 8-4 victory over the Athletics.

Blanton started for Oakland and surrendered four runs and five hits while striking out seven in six innings. The burly righthander went 4-0 against the Mariners last season when the A's took 17 of the 19 contests between the teams.

Betancourt snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run blast off reliever Kiko Calero (0-1) in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jose Lopez followed with a single and Ichiro Suzuki drove him home with a triple.

"I was just looking to make solid contact and as soon as I made contact, I knew that it was gone," Betancourt said.

For the second consecutive game the Safeco Field roof was closed, which Betancourt said may have helped him.

"The ball always carries better when the roof is closed," Betancourt said of his 408-foot blast over the center field fence.

Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two for the Mariners. Julio Mateo (1-0) was credited with the win despite allowing two runs in the seventh inning.

Sexson knocked his second homer in as many days and free agent acquisition Jose Guillen doubled and scored two runs for Seattle.

"Washburn threw a lot of pitches tonight and couldn't go past the sixth, but our offense really picked us up," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "We got down a little bit when they came back and tied it up, but everybody on our offense really did their job tonight."

Oakland's Milton Bradley homered off Washburn in the sixth.

Trailing, 4-2, the A's tied the game in the seventh with a pair of runs off Mateo. Mark Ellis hit a two-out run-scoring single and scored on Jason Kendall's double to the right-center field fence.

"When we tied the game going into the seventh, I felt that the bullpen was the strength of the team," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "They hadn't pitched in few days but it didn't work out tonight.

"It is kind of ironic that pitching and defense are our strengths, and the last two days they actually let us down a little bit," Geren said.

Oakland has started 0-2 for the first time since 1998.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 7 0
    SEATTLE 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 x 8 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - JOE BLANTON, KIKO CALERO (7TH), JUSTIN DUCHSCHERER (7TH), ALAN
    EMBREE (8TH) AND JASON KENDALL
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN, JULIO MATEO (7TH), CHRIS REITSMA
    (8TH),

    Apr 4 12:38 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    SEATTLE 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.143, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 4 12:09 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    SEATTLE 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.143, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 4 12:09 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    SEATTLE 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.167, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 4 12:09 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    SEATTLE 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.167, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 4 12:09 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Duchscherer relieved K Calero.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    SEATTLE 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I Suzuki (.286, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 4 12:06 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - PITCHING CHANGE
    OAK: JUSTIN DUCHSCHERER (NO RECORD) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.286, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 4 12:06 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (1) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF KIKO CALERO SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 4 12:04 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (1) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF KIKO CALERO SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 4 12:04 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: K Calero relieved J Blanton.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J Guillen (.333, 2-FOR-4)

    Apr 3 11:57 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - PITCHING CHANGE
    OAK: KIKO CALERO (NO RECORD) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.333, 2-FOR-4)

    Apr 3 11:57 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - PITCHING CHANGE
    OAK: KIKO CALERO (NO RECORD) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.333, 2-FOR-4)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:57 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 6 0
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - JOE BLANTON
    SEA - JULIO MATEO

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.333, 2-FOR-4)
    K JOHJIMA (.286, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)
    Y BETANCOURT (.000, 0-FOR-4)

    Apr 3 11:51 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON KENDALL SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENDALL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: S STEWART (.100, 0-FOR-6)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:51 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK ELLIS SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ELLIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J KENDALL (.000, 0-FOR-6)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:50 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 1 END BOTTOM, 5TH

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:49 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KENJI JOHJIMA SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 2 END BOTTOM, 5TH

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:49 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, SEATTLE 3
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 3 11:48 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, SEATTLE 3
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:48 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARK ELLIS SCORED BOBBY KIELTY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 4 END TOP, 2ND

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:48 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE
    STARTING BATS: OAK - JOE BLANTON AND JASON KENDALL
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN AND KENJI JOHJIMA
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J KENDALL (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    S STEWART (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    M BRADLEY (.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:47 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MILTON BRADLEY (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JARROD WASHBURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M PIAZZA (.000, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:29 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.200, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:24 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KENJI JOHJIMA SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K JOHJIMA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 11:20 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
    SEATTLE 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - JOE BLANTON
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.250, 1-FOR-1)
    M ELLIS (.000, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)
    J KENDALL (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 3 11:09 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 3 10:42 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 10:42 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARK ELLIS SCORED BOBBY KIELTY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B CROSBY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J KENDALL (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. MarinersApr 3 10:36 PM