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Washburn tosses three-hitter to earn third career shutout

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jarrod Washburn waited more than three weeks to get his first win. The timing couldn't have been better, both for Washburn and the Seattle Mariners.

Washburn pitched a three-hitter for his third career shutout, outdueling Joe Blanton and leading the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 2-0 Wednesday night.

"I was pretty locked in," Washburn said. "It's one of the best games I've ever pitched. I was by no means dominating, but I was able to make them mis-hit the ball."

Washburn (1-2) struck out two and walked two in his first complete game since a rain-shortened, five-inning blanking of Kansas City for the Angels on July 3, 2005. His only other shutout was against the Chicago White Sox on July 7, 2004.

"It looked like he was pounding the corners, hitting the bottom of the zones," A's manager Bob Geren said. "Not too many hitters' pitches."

Blanton (2-1) pitched a six-hitter for Oakland but gave up homers to Jose Guillen and Kenji Johjima. Blanton threw 105 pitches, one more than Washburn. The game lasted 1 hour, 47 minutes, the quickest nine-inning game for the A's since 1979.

"It really helps you get into a routine," Blanton said. "At the same time, as soon as you sit down, you're getting back up. It made for a quick game."

Washburn was pitching after a rainout Tuesday in Texas pushed his start back a day. That's been the norm this season for Washburn, who also had starts against Cleveland and Boston wiped out by weather.

Washburn, who had a 4.42 ERA in his previous three starts, retired 15 of his final 18 batters. He allowed just one runner to reach second and matched his low-hit complete game, set against the White Sox on May 8, 2001.

"He had that nasty changeup that was dominating and his command was great," Johjima said through an interpreter. "His command was great. He was in a groove."

After the first nine Oakland batters made out, Shannon Stewart singled to open the fourth. Eric Chavez singled with one out and Mike Piazza grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Washburn allowed only three other Oakland batters to reach base after that, on two walks and a ninth-inning single by Stewart.

Blanton struck out six and walked two for his fourth career complete game. He twice got Seattle to ground into inning-ending double plays but had nothing to show for his effort thanks to an Oakland offense that was shut out for the third time this season and the second by Seattle.

"We're not swinging the bats well right now," Chavez said. "Joe pitched well and we didn't score any runs."

Guillen hit a two-out homer in the second that bounced off the facing of the second deck. Johjima later homered leading off the eighth.

Seattle is 3-1 against the A's this season and stopped its 10-game losing streak in Oakland.

Before the game, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw for 20 minutes before the game and reported no problems. Hernandez, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, is on track to start May 4 against the Yankees in New York.

Notes

  • Oakland RHP Esteban Loaiza, on the DL since April 1 with spasms in his right shoulder, was cleared to resume throwing Wednesday.
  • A's pitchers have not allowed a run in the first inning in all 21 games this season, an ongoing major league record, according to Elias Sports Bureau..
  • Oakland 1B/OF Nick Swisher (hamstring, ankle) did not play Wednesday and is day to day.
 
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Jarrod Washburn makes his first win of the season a good one; a 3-hitter for his third career shutout.  (AP)
Jarrod Washburn makes his first win of the season a good one; a 3-hitter for his third career shutout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Blanton
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
Seattle

J. Washburn
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF2000210 .313
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000002 .222
Jose Vidro, DH4020010 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF4000032 .238
Richie Sexson, 1B4000002 .148
Jose Guillen, RF3111011 .226
Kenji Johjima, C3111000 .366
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3020000 .235
Jose Lopez, 2B2000001 .280
Totals2926226  
Batting
HR - Jose Guillen (2, Blanton), Kenji Johjima (1, Blanton)
SH - Jose Lopez (1)
RBI - Jose Guillen (4), Kenji Johjima (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (1)
SB - Yuniesky Betancourt (1, 2nd base off Blanton/Kendall)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (1, Home by Blanton/Kendall)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Sexson, J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (W,1-2) 9300220 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 98-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 12-11
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 30
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF-CF4020000 .229
Mark Ellis, 2B4000002 .230
Eric Chavez, 3B3010101 .271
Mike Piazza, DH3000002 .250
Bobby Crosby, SS3000001 .227
Dan Johnson, 1B3000010 .000
Travis Buck, RF2000100 .234
Jason Kendall, C3000001 .187
Danny Putnam, CF2000010 .125
   a- Bobby Kielty, PH1000001 .143
    Marco Scutaro, LF0000000 .103
Totals2803022  
a-grounded out for Putnam in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Chavez-Ellis-Johnson, Chavez-Ellis-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (L,2-1) 9622262 3.55
IBB - Suzuki by Joe Blanton
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 87-57
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 9-9
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 32
Game Information
Attendance - 19674
Game Time - 1:47
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce