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Ramirez continues to impress at home, Mariners edge Athletics

Jul 29, 2007 - 12:46 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Horacio Ramirez continues to feel right at home.

Ramirez pitched six effective innings and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a key home run as the Seattle Mariners posted a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Kenji Johjima hit a two-run homer and Ben Broussard also drove in a run for Seattle, which has won two straight following a seven-game losing streak.

Ramirez (6-3) remains perfect at home, going 6-for-6 in starts at Safeco Field with a 2.63 ERA. It's the complete opposite of his road record, where he is 0-3 with a 13.72 ERA in five outings.

"At home, I'm making the pitch in the big situation, like today," Ramirez said. "However on the road, like my last start, I'm not able to do that which turns into a big inning, and overall it turns into a loss."

Against Oakland, the lefthander allowed three runs, six hits and five walks to win four of his last five decisions.

After Ramirez left the game the Mariners' bullpen took over. Chris Reitsma, Sean Green, George Sherrill and rookie Mark Lowe all combined to hold Oakland to one hit over the next 1 2/3 innings before All-Star closer J.J. Putz entered the game with two on and two out in the eighth.

"The bullpen pulled together," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "That was good to see."

Putz, who leads the American League in saves, struck out pinch hitter Jack Cust to end the threat. In the ninth, the 6-5, 250-pound stopper worked around a two-out walk to Nick Swisher to earn his 30th save in 31 chances. He had just blown his first save opportunity of the season Wednesday vs. the Texas Rangers.

"I wasn't that worried about it," said Putz of taking the mound after failing to convert his last save opportunity. "It's just one game. You move on and worry about tomorrow. I was more worried about us turning this (losing streak) around."

With the game knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Betancourt hit a 1-0 pitch from A's starter Chad Gaudin over the center field fence to give Seattle the lead.

"I knew I hit it well," Betancourt said through an interpreter. "But, I thought it was going to go off the wall since it was on a line."

The 27-year-old Ramirez was tagged for his three runs in the second inning before settling down.

In the top of the frame, Mike Piazza singled and one out later moved to second on a walk to Dan Johnson. After Marco Scutaro hit a base hit up the middle to load the bases, Donnie Murphy belted a double to the center field wall, clearing the bases to give Oakland a 3-0 lead.

However, the Mariners responded a half-inning later.

After Adrian Beltre hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a flyout, Richie Sexson walked before Broussard's sacrifice fly cut the Mariners' deficit to 3-1. Johjima followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch from Gaudin over the left field wall to even the score at 3-3.

Gaudin (8-6) allowed four runs, four hits and a walk in eight innings to lose his third straight decision. The righthander, who struck out seven, has yielded at least four runs in each of his last four starts, including five runs apiece in his previous three outings.

"Compared to the last few starts, I really take a positive note out of this one," Gaudin said. "I think I pitched well tonight. I'm happy with it. A couple bad pitches, but it happens."

Oakland has lost two straight and three of four.








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

    BATTERIES: OAK - CHAD GAUDIN AND KURT SUZUKI, ROB BOWEN (8TH)
    SEA - HORACIO RAMIREZ, CHRIS REITSMA (7TH), SEAN GREEN
    (7TH), GEORGE SHERRILL (8TH), MARK LOWE (8TH), J.J. PUTZ (

    Jul 28 6:44 PM
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    Athletics vs. MarinersJul 28 6:33 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (5) TO LEFT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF CHAD GAUDIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.344, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. MarinersJul 28 5:29 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KENJI JOHJIMA (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF CHAD GAUDIN SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, SEATTLE 3
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.280, 4 HR, 34 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersJul 28 4:46 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BEN BROUSSARD SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SEXSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.269, 10 HR, 37 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersJul 28 4:45 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DONNIE MURPHY SCORED MIKE PIAZZA, DAN JOHNSON AND
    MARCO SCUTARO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.192, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersJul 28 4:31 PM