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Mariners edge A's for rare victory

Sep 13, 2007 - 7:04 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Yuniesky Betancourt came through to give the Seattle Mariners a rare victory.

Betancourt had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning and the Mariners won for just the third time in their last 18 contests with a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.

Pinch runner Charlton Jimerson scored from second on Betancourt's soft liner to center field off of Andrew Brown (2-2).

"I knew I had to stay in the strike zone because they were going to be good pitches," Betancourt said through an interpreter. "I just put a good swing on it and followed through."

Adam Jones belted a pinch-hit home run off on a 1-2 pitch from Oakland reliever Alan Embree to tie the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"He had a great at bat against me," Embree said. "I had him where I wanted and made the pitch I wanted and he was still able to get the job done."

J.J. Putz (3-1) got the win for the Mariners with a perfect ninth.

"We've been struggling lately," Jones said. "I hope we can ride this (win) for the rest of the season and make it interesting."

Seattle took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning following a strong outing from starter Miguel Batista, who worked six innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits before turning the game over to reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

The lefthander managed to retire only one of the four batters he faced, allowing base hits to Shannon Stewart and Nick Swisher and a walk to Jack Cust to load the bases. After Jon Huber struck out Mark Ellis, pinch-hitter Mike Piazza delivered a two-run single off George Sherrill giving Oakland a 5-4 advantage.

Piazza was 0-for-5 as a pinch-hitter coming into his seventh inning at bat.

Oakland starter Dan Haren worked 6 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory after allowing four runs on 12 hits while striking out six.

"Dan Haren pitched very well," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He battled into the seventh. He threw the ball pretty well."

The Mariners had taken the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Betancourt singled and scored on an Ichiro Suzuki single to center.

Stewart led the Oakland attack reaching base five times with four hits and a walk. He also doubled, stole a base and scored three runs for Oakland.

Jose Vidro had three hits for Seattle including a pair of Doubles. The Seattle designated hitter has hit in eight of his last nine games posting a .394 (13-for-33) batting average.

With the victory Seattle remains 6 games behind the Yankees in the American League Wild Card race.

"This (win) is well deserved," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "It's a great win. Hopefully, we can build from this and start relaxing."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 12 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 6 15 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - DAN HAREN, SANTIAGO CASILLA (7TH), ALAN EMBREE (8TH), ANDREW
    BROWN (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA, ERIC O'FLAHERTY (7TH), JON HUBER
    (7TH), GEORGE

    Sep 13 1:37 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED CHARLTON JIMERSON.
    FINAL SCORE: SEATTLE 6, OAKLAND 5

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 1:37 AM
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    RUWTbot Took away 25 roots (Close Finish)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 1:37 AM
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    RUWTbot Added 60 roots (Close Finish)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 1:14 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM JONES (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF ALAN EMBREE.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5, SEATTLE 5
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: W BLOOMQUIST (.286, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 1:09 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE PIAZZA SCORED SHANNON STEWART AND NICK
    SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M PIAZZA ON FIRST, J CUST ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.247, 1-FOR-2, SAC, RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 12:35 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, J BURKE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.282, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 13 12:11 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NICK SWISHER SCORED SHANNON STEWART.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, D BARTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    SEATTLE 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.255, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 12 11:40 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED BEN BROUSSARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VIDRO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J BURKE (.312, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 12 11:25 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SUZUKI ON FIRST, D JOHNSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 12 11:18 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED JAMIE BURKE AND WILLIE
    BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON SECOND, A BELTRE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.288, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 12 11:06 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - DAN HAREN
    SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.350, 6 HR, 59 RBI)
    A BELTRE (.282, 24 HR, 91 RBI)
    R IBANEZ (.284, 17 HR, 92 RBI)

    Athletics vs. MarinersSep 12 10:24 PM