M's rally in 9th to complete sweep of Padres
Trevor Hoffman gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 today for a three-game sweep of the NL West leaders.
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Trevor Hoffman gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 today for a three-game sweep of the NL West leaders.
Hoffman (2-3), who got his 500th career save on Wednesday night, started the ninth with the score tied at 3. Willie Bloomquist reached on a throwing error by rookie third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, advanced on pinch-hitter Jose Vidro's sacrifice and stole third. Ichiro Suzuki was intentionally walked to bring up Jose Lopez, whose grounder to second scored Bloomquist.
The win went to Miguel Batista (7-4), who started Friday night and made his first relief appearance of the season when he started the eighth. He allowed Jose Cruz Jr.'s double to right-center, then retired the side.
Backup catcher Jamie Burke had three hits for the Mariners.
Yuniesky Betancourt went 0-for-4 to end his 20-game hitting streak, which had been the longest active streak in the majors this year.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 18th save in as many chances and third of the series.
The Mariners' scored three earned runs off Padres starter Chris Young, one more than the big right-hander had allowed in his five previous home starts combined. Young came in with the best home ERA in the majors, 0.52, and saw it rise to 1.10.
Seattle rallied for the second straight game, with Suzuki hitting a two-run single to tie the game at 3 with two outs in the seventh.
Richie Sexson hit a leadoff single and Burke had a one-out base hit. After pinch-hitter Ben Broussard was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Suzuki singled to center to bring in Sexson and Burke. Burke scored in a close play at the plate, sliding around Josh Bard and reaching in to touch the plate with his right hand before the catcher tagged him.
Mike Cameron and Terrmel Sledge homered off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.
Cameron connected on a full-count pitch with one out, his sixth. With Khalil Greene aboard on a two-out single, Sledge drove a 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats, his fifth.
Hernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one. Young also allowed three runs and seven hits, with three strikeouts and a walk.
Young allowed three straight singles opening the third, including Burke's infield hit that bounced off Young's left heel, but the Mariners scored only once. Burke took third on Willie Bloomquist's single to right and scored on Hernandez's first big league hit, a bunt that went between charging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Young, who couldn't get a handle on it.
Notes: The Mariners play at Cleveland on Monday in the second makeup game from a four-game series in early April that was snowed out. The teams played the first makeup game on May 21. The other makeup dates are Aug. 30 in Cleveland and Sept. 26 in Seattle as part of a doubleheader. ... Sean Green got his first big league win in relief Saturday night, the fifth Seattle pitcher to get his first career victory this season. ... The Padres recognized the 1982 Point Loma High baseball team's 25th anniversary of winning the county championship. On that team were Padres left-hander David Wells and Eric Allen, who went on to play cornerback in the NFL.
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