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Seattle Mariners

Rowland-Smith makes his pitch

Thu., Sept. 17, 2009, midnight

SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners need a consistent No. 2 starter behind ace Felix Hernandez. So far, it looks like Ryan Rowland-Smith might be up for the role.

The Australian left-hander pitched eight innings to lead the M’s to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Rowland-Smith allowed nine hits and struck out two, punctuating his outing with an escape of a seventh-inning jam. The White Sox had runners on first and third with one out, but Rowland-Smith (4-3) retired Alex Rios and Jayson Nix.

After the game, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu paid Rowland-Smith some high praise.

“He looked so polished tonight. I’m awfully proud of him,” Wakamatsu said. “This is his eighth quality start since he’s been back. He’s learning a knack to get deeper and deeper into ballgames.”

Rowland-Smith threw 116 pitches, but it didn’t take much for him to convince Wakamatsu to let him go out for the eighth inning, given the struggles in the Mariners’ bullpen.

Closer David Aardsma, who last pitched on Sept. 2, worked the ninth for his 35th save.

Ichiro Suzuki hit the first pitch of the game from Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (11-11) into the gap in left-center for a double. He scored on Jose Lopez’s double, one of three the Mariners hit in the first two innings.

The Mariners made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly from Ryan Langerhans in the second.

Notes

Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson said after the game it would be a “10- to 15-day” situation with his bruised right heel. … The Mariners said they will monitor right-hander Ian Snell to see if he makes his next start as he recovers from a jammed wrist.

Mariners 4, White Sox 1

Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Podsednik lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .303
Beckham 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .274
Pierzynski c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .314
Konerko 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Al.Ramirez ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 .280
Dye rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .252
Quentin dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .231
Rios cf 3 0 2 0 0 0 .244
J.Nix 2b 3 0 1 0 0 2 .236
Totals 33 1 9 1 1 3
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .354
F.Gutierrez cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .277
Jo.Lopez 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .269
Griffey Jr. dh 3 0 0 0 1 0 .217
Beltre 3b 4 0 1 1 0 0 .263
Johjima c 4 1 2 0 0 0 .255
Carp 1b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .278
Langerhans lf 2 0 1 1 0 0 .212
Jo.Wilson ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .257
Totals 31 4 8 4 2 4
Chicago 000 000 010—1 9 1
Seattle 210 100 00x—4 8 0

E—Beckham (13). LOB—Chicago 6, Seattle 6. 2B—I.Suzuki (30), Jo.Lopez (37), Johjima (9). HR—Beckham (12), off Rowland-Smith; Carp (1), off D.Carrasco. RBIs—Beckham (54), Jo.Lopez (88), Beltre (38), Carp (3), Langerhans (10). CS—Rios (4). SF—Langerhans. RLISP—Chicago 4 (Quentin, Podsednik, J.Nix 2); Seattle 3 (Griffey Jr. 2, Beltre). RMU—Quentin, Rios, F.Gutierrez, Jo.Lopez, Carp. GIDP—Quentin. DP—Seattle 1 (Jo.Wilson, Jo.Lopez, Carp).

Chicago IP H R ER BB SO ERA
G.Floyd L, 11-11 3 4 3 3 1 1 4.06
D.Carrasco 3 3 1 1 1 3 3.66
Linebrink 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.15
J.Nunez 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 2.45
Williams 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 6.23
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Rowlnd-Smith W, 4-3 8 9 1 1 1 2 3.59
Aardsma S, 35-39 1 0 0 0 0 1 2.09

PB—Pierzynski. T—2:11. A—16,596 (47,878).



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