SEATTLE (AP) Even without Alex Rodriguez, the Seattle Mariners
still can have a big inning.
Aaron Sele pitched six strong innings and the Mariners used a
seven-run sixth to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Wednesday night.
"This shows we can still do it," manager Lou Piniella said.
"If we can do it once, it can do it again. It's as good an inning
as you can have."
Edgar Martinez went 3-for-4, including a two-run single.
Martinez was 8-for-10 in the three-game series with four walks and
The Mariners won two of three in the season-opening series
against the defending AL West champions.
Sele (1-0) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Freddy Garcia and John Halama, who started the first two games for
Seattle, each lasted just 3 1-3 innings.
"He kept us in the ballgame," Piniella said of Sele, who was
an All-Star and a 17-game winner in his first season in Seattle
last year. "You can see why he wins 17 or 18 ballgames. He
competes out there. He got the job done. You want to see your
starters take you into the sixth or seventh innings."
Seattle sent 11 batters up against Gil Heredia (0-1), Jeff Tam
and Mark Guthrie to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth.
David Bell doubled in a run to snap the tie, Mike Cameron
followed with an RBI single and Martinez hit a two-run single.
John Olerud added a sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Anthony
Sanders capped the outburst with a two-run single to make it 9-2.
"They put together five hits off the 'pen and ended up breaking
the game wide open," Oakland manager Art Howe said.
Tam gave up four runs, three hits and a walk without getting an
"I didn't get the job done," he said. "They are pretty good
hitters. They've been tough outs for us so far. My not doing my job
throwing quality pitches makes them even better hitters."
The Mariners had 15 hits, including three doubles, in the series
finale. For the series, they had 28 hits, four for doubles.
Minus Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. and now playing at Safeco
Field, the Mariners aren't going to win too many games with home
"For us to have a big inning like the one today, we'll have to
get six or seven hits," Sele said. "Occasionally, we'll get a
three-run homer, but not very often."
Martinez, a two-time AL batting champion who started the season
with a .320 career batting average, is hitting behind leadoff
hitter Ichiro Suzuki and Cameron in the No. 3 place in Seattle's
batting order, moving up from the cleanup spot. Olerud is
protecting him at No. 4.
"When Alex was in our lineup, he helped everybody," Martinez
said. "But I'm still getting a lot of good pitches. You never
know. It changes series to series."
Bret Boone added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The A's scored in the first on Eric Chavez's RBI single, but the
Mariners tied it on Boone's fielder's choice with the bases loaded.
In Oakland's fourth, Miguel Tejada doubled and Jeremy Giambi
singled him in. Seattle loaded the bases in the bottom of the
inning before Tom Lampkin hit into a double play for a run in the
bottom of the inning.
Heredia went 5 1-3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits,
three walks and six strikeouts.
The A's nipped the Mariners by a half game in the division last
"It's going to be a dogfight again this year and we are looking
forward to it," Howe said.
|Edgar Martinez's two-run single sparked a seven-run sixth inning that helped Seattle break away from Oakland.|
Plate umpire Kerwin Danley ejected Mariners hitting coach
Gerald Perry for arguing from the dugout after Boone was called out
on strikes to end the fifth. ... The A's walked two Mariners
intentionally, giving Seattle five intentional walks for the
series. ... Suzuki went 2-for-4, both singles. He was 4-for-13, all
singles, with one walk in the series. ... Oakland starters left
with a lead or a tie in all three games. The A's bullpen gave up 10
runs in 7 2-3 innings for an 11.74 ERA. ... The Mariners ended a
five-game losing streak against Heredia. The last time they beat
him was Sept. 21, 1998, at the Kingdome. ... Norm Charlton, 38,
started his third stint with the Mariners and pitched a perfect
eighth and ninth.
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