April 12, 2009 in Sports

Lopez, Johjima deliver as Seattle wins

Mariners rally in 8th, beat A’s for third straight win
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The Mariners’ Jose Lopez, center, is welcomed back to the dugout after scoring on a Kenji Johjima single in the eighth inning.
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OAKLAND, Calif. – It didn’t take long for Jose Lopez to find himself in a pressure situation.

An inning after entering for injured teammate Wladimir Balentien, Lopez hit a two-run double off Oakland Athletics closer Brad Zeigler in a four-run eighth inning to help the Seattle Mariners rally from two deficits for an 8-5 victory Saturday.

“I just wanted to get one run in somehow,” Lopez said. “I had a great swing and got the ball around on an inside strike.”

Kenji Johjima also had a two-run hit in the inning.

“We’ve seen him enough last year to know about him,” Lopez said of Zeigler. “When you’re on the bench, you have to be ready for anything.”

Balentien left the game with a sprained left wrist. He was injured diving for a ball in the bottom of the first but stayed in the game until after hitting in the sixth.

“It was painful when I swung the bat,” he said. “I told the trainer because I didn’t want to get worse.”

Russell Branyan homered and Franklin Gutierrez drove in two runs for the Mariners, who won their third straight. Mike Sweeney added an RBI single in the ninth.

Seattle’s eighth-inning rally began when Bobby Crosby, making his debut at third base, mishandled Sweeney’s grounder leading off. Adrian Beltre singled and Casilla walked Branyan to load the bases.

Ziegler took over and gave up Lopez’s two-run double and Johjima’s two-run single.

Miguel Batista (1-0) pitched two innings in relief of Felix Hernandez. Brandon Morrow recorded three outs for his second save, striking out Nomar Garciaparra to end the game.

Jack Cust hit a two-run homer and Landon Powell got his first major league hit, a two-run double for the A’s, who lost their second straight.

Santiago Casilla (0-1) allowed three runs – two earned – in one-plus innings.

Hernandez had his worst start against the A’s and allowed more than one run for the first time in one of his first two starts of a season. He gave up seven hits and five runs in five innings, walking two and striking out eight. Hernandez has beaten the A’s in six of his previous eight starts.

“I think his ankle was bothering him a little bit,” Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. “You could see him favor it a little bit on a couple pitches. I don’t think it was a huge issue but it was enough to throw his mechanics off.”

A’s starter Josh Outman lasted 4 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits.

Branyan hit a towering shot into the right-field bleachers with one out in the fourth for his second home run and the Mariners added two more runs in the fifth on Gutierrez’s two-run single to tie it 3-all.

Endy Chavez singled in the ninth and became the first Mariners player to hit safely in the first six games since Ichiro Suzuki opened the 2005 season with a seven-game streak.

Mariners 8, Athletics 5

Seattle ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
EnChavez lf-rf 511001.370
FGutierrez cf 401200.217
MSweeney dh 513100.235
Beltre 3b 511001.273
Branyan 1b 322111.333
Balentien rf 200010.400
JoLopez 2b 111200.263
Johjima c 401200.167
Cedeno 2b-lf 310010.182
YBetancourt ss 412000.364
Totals 36812833
Oakland ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
RSweeney cf 501001.318
OCabrera ss 302111.368
Giambi 1b 412000.368
Crosby 3b 100000.000
Holliday lf 400002.214
Garciaparra 3b-1b 501001.211
Cust dh 322211.467
TBuck rf 300012.091
Ellis 2b 310011.286
Powell c 411201.250
Totals 35595410
Seattle 000120041—8121
Oakland 030020000—591

E—JoLopez (1), Crosby (1). LOB—Seattle 5, Oakland 9. 2B—JoLopez (1), OCabrera (2), Powell (1). HR—Cust (1), off Hernandez; Branyan (2), off Outman. RBIs—FGutierrez 2 (5), MSweeney (1), Branyan (3), JoLopez 2 (6), Johjima 2 (3), OCabrera (2), Cust 2 (4), Powell 2 (2). CS—FGutierrez (1). S—FGutierrez. SF—OCabrera. GIDP—Cedeno, Ellis. RLSP—Seattle 2 (Beltre 2); Oakland 5 (Holliday, Garciaparra 2, Ellis, Powell). RMU—EnChavez. DP—Seattle 1 (JoLopez, Betancourt and Branyan); Oakland 1 (Crosby, Ellis and Garciaparra).

Seattle IPHRERBBSOERA
FHernandez 5755284.15
Batista W,1-0 2100010.00
MLowe H,1 1100100.00
Morrow S,2 10001110.13
Oakland IPHRERBBSOERA
Outman 4 1/3 633236.23
Wuertz 2/3 000000.00
Springer H,1 1100000.00
SCasilla L,0-1 H,2 1132106.00
Ziegler BS,1 1211006.00
Gallagher 1211009.00

IR-S—Wuertz 2-0, Ziegler 3-3. HBP—by FHernandez (Holliday). WP—FHernandez, Outman. T—2:57. A—19,560 (35,067).

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