June 19, 2011 in Sports

Victorino drives in 4 for Philadelphia, who tops Mariners

Geoff Baker Seattle Times
Associated Press photo

Dustin Ackley’s first career home run was M’s only run.
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SEATTLE – Another tense battle with a large crowd in the stands gave the Mariners a taste of what they can expect if this run of theirs carries over into the second half.

And some of the lessons learned in a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night will have to be remembered if indeed the Mariners are to continue as something other than May and June wonders. Facing the weakest in a quintet of Philadelphia starting pitchers, the M’s piled up five base runners in the first two innings, but managed to score only one run.

That proved costly as Felix Hernandez kept a 1-1 tie going into the seventh inning, only to surrender a two-run, bases-loaded double with two outs by Shane Victorino that gave the visitors the lead. Victorino, who also tripled in the third inning, would close things out in the ninth with a two-run homer off Seattle reliever Jamey Wright.

Hernandez gave up a run in the first inning as the first two Phillies reached base and Ryan Howard later hit a towering sacrifice fly to center. But Seattle tied it up in the second inning off Phillies starter Vance Worley as Dustin Ackley sent a full-count offering over the right-field wall for his first major league home run.

The crowd of 35,829 at Safeco Field gave Ackley a long and loud ovation as he rounded the bases and stayed on their feet long after he’d re-entered the dugout. The ensuing at-bat had already begun by the time Ackley gave a cap tip to the crowd in between pitches.

Seattle had chances to do even more damage off Worley the first two innings but could not put him away. Adam Kennedy hit a two-out single in the first inning, then watched Justin Smoak drive a double off the wall in left-center that didn’t miss being a home run by much.

Miguel Olivo grounded out to end the first with two aboard. In the second – after the Ackley homer – Mike Carp walked and advanced on a wild pitch and Greg Halman singled to put runners at the corners with only one out.

But Ichiro grounded the ball right at second baseman Chase Utley, who threw home to nab Carp in a rundown and then Brendan Ryan struck out.

Seattle managed only an Ichiro infield hit in the fifth from that point on until a two-out Halman single in the ninth. Ichiro saw his multihit streak end at six straight games.

Philadelphia ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Rollins ss 423010.262
Victorino cf 413410.305
Utley 2b 400000.264
Howard 1b 402101.252
Polanco 3b 400001.295
Ibanez lf 402001.246
Gload dh 411001.283
Do.Brown rf 411001.220
Ruiz c 400001.241
Totals 36512526
I.Suzuki rf 501001.274
Ryan ss 200011.255
A.Kennedy 3b 401001.270
Smoak 1b 301010.254
Olivo c 400002.229
Peguero lf 300001.208
F.Gutierrez ph-cf 100001.182
Ackley 2b 411100.250
Carp dh 300010.238
Halman cf-lf 302010.440
Totals 3216147
Philadelphia 100000202—5120
Seattle 010000000—160

LOB—Philadelphia 8, Seattle 9. 2B—Victorino (10), Howard (17), Do.Brown (6), Smoak (16). 3B—Victorino (7). HR—Victorino (8), Ackley (1). RBIs—Victorino 4 (28), Howard (58), Ackley (1). SB—Rollins (15), Halman (2). S—Ryan. SF—Howard. RLISP—Philadelphia 5, Seattle 5. RMU—Ibanez, I.Suzuki, A.Kennedy. GIDP—Polanco, Gload. DP—Seattle 2.

Worley 5511233.41
Stutes W, 1-0 12/3000212.08
Bastardo H, 7 11/3000021.00
Madson 1100012.03
F.Hernndz L, 7-6 7833253.34
Pauley 1200001.12
J.Wright 1222013.48

IR-S—Bastardo 2-0. HBP—Utley. WP—Worley, F.Hernandez. T—3:09. A—35,829 (47,878).

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