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Mariners edge Padres 4-3

Wed., June 24, 2009, 10:05 p.m.

SEATTLE — Franklin Gutierrez led off the eighth inning with a home run off reliever Edward Mujica, and the Seattle Mariners won their 19th one-run game of the season, 4-3 over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Ahead in the count 2-0, Gutierrez lined Mujica’s fastball barely over the left-field wall for his seventh homer. It was his fourth home run in five games this season against the Padres and the first homer allowed by Mujica (2-3) since June 6, to Arizona’s Justin Upton.

Russell Branyan hit his 18th homer of the season in the second inning for Seattle, a three-run shot that erased the Padres’ early 2-0 lead. Seattle has won six of its last eight overall and improved to 19-13 in one-run games this season.


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