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Guillen connects four times to lead Mariners past Devil Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Guillen provided key offense and Miguel Batista helped out a depleted bullpen in Seattle's second straight win.

Guillen had four hits and two RBI, Batista gave up one run in six innings and the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-1 on Wednesday.

Guillen's single in the seventh drove in Jason Ellison and Ichiro Suzuki. Guillen is 14-for-37 with three home runs and 17 RBI in his last 10 games, raising his average from .176 to .282.

"I'm just trying to relax," Guillen said. "Trying to stay consistent. Not let this game get you frustrated. You win ... that's it."

Batista (4-4) stopped a personal two-game losing skid. He allowed seven hits, two walks and had five strikeouts.

"Miguel, he wasn't his best tonight but he found a way," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "His pitch count was high enough the first couple innings I thought we'd be lucky to get five out of him. Then he settled down and was really back on track for 15 or less pitches per inning."

Hargrove said relievers Brandon Morrow, Eric O'Flaherty and Sean White, all who have pitched a lot recently, were unavailable.

"It seems like we've been for the past week, just down to the bare bones, and once again our starters came through for us and gave us enough innings to piece it together," Hargrove said.

Sean Green and George Sherrill combined for three perfect innings out of the bullpen.

Yuniesky Betancourt gave Seattle a 2-1 lead on his fourth-inning double. He is 11-for-18 with runners in scoring position this month.

B.J. Upton homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost five in a row after a season-high four-game winning streak.

Kenji Johjima made it 3-1 with an RBI double off Casey Fossum (3-4) in the sixth. The Mariners loaded the bases with one out later in the inning, but reliever Shawn Camp induced a double-play grounder from Jose Lopez.

Fossum allowed three runs -- one earned -- and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. His ERA dropped from 7.80 to 7.15.

"He pitched well enough to give us a chance to win. We just couldn't score any runs," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said "We had opportunities. I thought Batista got sharper with his location as the game got deeper. He just started to make better pitches."

Upton, batting leadoff for the first time this season, put the Devil Rays up 1-0 in the first when he homered on an 0-1 pitch.

"I didn't have much on the ball the first two innings," Batista said. "My velocity was down. That home run, I left the ball right down the middle. I'm glad I found a little bit of myself after the second inning."

Upton replaced Elijah Dukes, who was held out of the lineup following a published report that his estranged wife sought a restraining order after being threatened by the 22-year-old outfielder.

"It's just a difficult day for everybody when an event like that does occur," Maddon said. "I'd be lying if I said it does not bother you in some regard. I'm sure our players felt it. The overall tone of the day was set. We've just got to move beyond that, and I'm sure it's going to gradually diminish."

Notes

  • Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 16-games with a first-inning single. When asked if he was in a groove, Suzuki said "not really" through an interpreter. He is expected to play in his 1,000th major league game Thursday.
  • Maddon said 3B Akinori Iwamura (strained right oblique) might be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday.
  • Seattle placed RHP Chris Reitsma (right elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Green from Triple-A Tacoma. Green struck out three in two innings.
  • The Devil Rays played the 1,500 game in franchise history.
 
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Elijah Dukes is in uniform, but is held out of the lineup by manager Joe Maddon. (AP)
Elijah Dukes is in uniform, but is held out of the lineup by manager Joe Maddon. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Guillen
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

M. Batista
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5120000 .328
Jose Vidro, DH4000012 .306
Jose Guillen, RF5242000 .282
Richie Sexson, 1B4110113 .177
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000135 .236
Kenji Johjima, C3011100 .317
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2012200 .271
Jose Lopez, 2B4000004 .241
Jason Ellison, LF4110011 .267
Totals35510556  
Batting
2B - Kenji Johjima (9, Fossum), Yuniesky Betancourt (9, Fossum)
SH - Jose Vidro (1)
RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (24), Kenji Johjima (16), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (8)
SB - Jose Guillen (1, 3rd base off Fossum/Navarro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (W,4-4) 6711251 5.61
Sean Green 2000030 3.68
George Sherrill 1000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 86-52, Sean Green 27-17, George Sherrill 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 4-7, Sean Green 1-2, George Sherrill 1-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 25, Sean Green 6, George Sherrill 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4111021 .308
Brendan Harris, SS4000012 .310
Carl Crawford, LF3010100 .295
Ty Wigginton, 2B4000022 .239
Carlos Pena, 1B4020020 .312
Greg Norton, DH3000112 .222
Delmon Young, RF4020012 .240
Dioner Navarro, C3000012 .184
Josh Wilson, 3B3010000 .171
Totals32171210  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (4, Batista)
HR - B.J. Upton (8, Batista)
RBI - B.J. Upton (26)
SB - B.J. Upton (9, 2nd base off Batista/Johjima)
CS - Carl Crawford (4, 2nd base by Batista/Johjima)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wilson-Wigginton-Pena, Wilson-Wigginton-Pena, Wilson-Wigginton-Pena
E - Ty Wigginton (6, Misplayed grounder), Josh Wilson (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum (L,3-4) 5.1531430 7.15
Shawn Camp 0.2000000 5.40
Brian Stokes 2322120 7.17
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1200010 4.43
IBB - Betancourt by Casey Fossum
WP - Casey Fossum (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 103-54, Shawn Camp 2-1, Brian Stokes 29-18, Jae-Kuk Ryu 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 10-3, Shawn Camp 1-0, Brian Stokes 2-2, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 25, Shawn Camp 1, Brian Stokes 10, Jae-Kuk Ryu 5
Game Information
Attendance - 8440
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Brian Knight