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Guillen drives in three as Mariners pound Maddux

May 20, 2007 - 6:29 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Jose Guillen made up for a career of struggles against Greg Maddux in just two at-bats.

Guillen homered and doubled against Maddux as the Seattle Mariners posted a 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Horacio Ramirez improved to 4-0 at home and 7-0 all-time in interleague matchups with six solid innings for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Guillen opened the scoring with his fifth blast in the first inning, then drilled a two-run double in the second to extend the edge to 5-1.

"I threw it down the middle, he hit it out," Maddux said of the Guillen home run. "It's that simple. I didn't locate and when you don't locate, hitters that have that kind of power are going to take advantage and he did."

Guillen entered 2-for-15 lifetime against Maddux and was in an 0-for-11 skid overall.

"I've faced (Maddux) a lot before," Guillen said. "It was just one of those nights, his pitches weren't moving at all. He pretty much left them right there in the middle of the plate."

Guillen has been one of Seattle's hottest hitters of late with hits in 18 of his last 24 games, batting .311 with eight doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI raising his average from .176 to .274 as he returns from missing most of last season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

"It takes time to get your feet back on the ground and get used to playing baseball at this level," Seattle manage Mike Hargrove said of Guillen. "Slowly, but surely he's come around and (he) hit the ball hard twice tonight, the two run homer and the double down the line."

Andre Beltre added his sixth homer in the third and Ichiro Suzuki scored on a stolen base - throwing error - by catcher Ryan Bowen in the fourth for a 7-1 edge.

Maddux (3-3), who was coming off a five-hit complete game victory over Cincinnati on Monday, lasted just 3 2/3 innings, getting blasted for seven runs and 12 hits.

A four-time Cy Young Award winner, the righthander was seeking career win No. 337, but instead surrendered season highs in hits and runs. The two homers were his first allowed in 45 2/3 innings.

Ramirez (4-2) yielded three runs and seven hits in six frames. In his first three starts at Safeco, the lefthander yielded three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings. His first six interleague triumphs came as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

The middle innings, he pitched really well and got quick outs and threw strikes, and then there were two or three innings where he struggled get that third out, Hargrove said of his starter's night. Obviously, he pitched well enough to win and we scored a lot of runs early and were able to hang on.

Three relievers bridged the gap to closer J.J. Putz, who notched his 10th save in as many chances.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 9 1
    SEATTLE 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 x 7 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - GREG MADDUX, JUSTIN HAMPSON (4TH), CLA MEREDITH (7TH) AND ROB
    BOWEN
    SEA - HORACIO RAMIREZ, JASON DAVIS (7TH), GEORGE
    SHERRILL (7TH), BRANDON MORROW (8TH), J.

    May 20 12:51 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE CRUZ JR SCORED ROB BOWEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CRUZ JR ON FIRST, M GILES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    SEATTLE 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: B GILES (.278, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 20 12:09 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KHALIL GREENE (6) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF HORACIO RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, SEATTLE 7
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: M CAMERON (.229, 1-FOR-2)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 11:49 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCUS GILES SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M GILES ON FIRST, G BLUM ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    SEATTLE 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J CRUZ JR (.288, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 11:36 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ROB BOWEN ALLOWED ICHIRO SUZUKI TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    SEATTLE 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.279, 2-FOR-2, HR, 4 RBI)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 11:17 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (6) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF GREG MADDUX.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.315, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 11:02 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI AND JOSE VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: B BROUSSARD (.276, 1-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 10:52 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE VIDRO SCORED JASON ELLISON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VIDRO ON FIRST, I SUZUKI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.273, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 10:47 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KEVIN KOUZMANOFF SCORED MIKE CAMERON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K KOUZMANOFF ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: G BLUM (.191, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 10:37 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSE GUILLEN (5) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF GREG MADDUX SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 0, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: B BROUSSARD (.250, 3 HR, 7 RBI)

    Padres vs. MarinersMay 19 10:20 PM