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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just about everything went right for Adrian Beltre at the plate. For his counterpart at third base, it was just the opposite kind of game in the field.
Beltre went 5-for-5 with two homers and the Seattle Mariners took advantage of an AL record-tying four errors by Oakland's Marco Scutaro to beat All-Star Dan Haren for the second time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Athletics on Friday night.
Beltre hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot in the eighth for the Mariners, who improved to 2-3 under new manager John McLaren. Beltre also had two doubles and a single in his second career five-hit game.
"It was one of those days where everything goes good for you," Beltre said.
And for Scutaro it was one of those days where nothing good happened.
Starting in place of banged-up Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez, Scutaro tied the AL record for errors in a game by a third baseman. He made a throwing error in the first inning, another in the seventh to key a three-run rally and botched two grounders in the eighth, becoming the 23rd AL third baseman with four errors in a game.
"It just wasn't my day," Scutaro said. "It happens."
Haren (10-3) was looking to win his 11th straight decision and bolster his case to be the starting pitcher for the American League in next week's All-Star Game. But with little support from his teammates at the plate or in the field, Haren lost for the first time since a 2-1 defeat to the Angels on April 7.
Haren's other loss this season came on opening day, when Seattle scored four unearned runs in a 4-0 victory. His defense didn't help him this game either, making five errors, including one by Scutaro that helped fuel Seattle's three-run seventh inning.
"He is one of the elite of the elite," McLaren said. "We got some breaks and took advantage of them. Beating that guy is a chore."
Eric O'Flaherty (6-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the win, setting a Mariners record with six consecutive victories to start his career.
Willie Bloomquist started the go-ahead rally for Seattle with a one-out single in the seventh. He stole second and stayed there when Scutaro threw high to first on Ichiro Suzuki's grounder for his second error of the game.
"It's tough for any position player, especially an infielder, when you have a game like that," Beltre said. "You just want to dig a hole and get in it."
Jose Vidro followed with a double to the wall in center, giving the Mariners a 3-1 lead. Joe Kennedy came on and allowed an RBI single to Raul Ibanez to make it 4-1. Kennedy, who failed to make it out of the first inning as the starter Wednesday against Toronto, allowed Beltre's 12th homer of the season in the eighth.
Earlier in the game, Beltre homered and doubled twice against Haren, improving to 13-for-29 in his career against Oakland's ace.
"I feel OK facing him," Beltre said. "He's still really nasty. He has good stuff and make you look bad out there. I got lucky out there."
Haren allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in seven innings, raising his AL-leading ERA to 2.30. He has given up at least three runs in his last five starts after allowing that many in just three of his first 14, raising his ERA from 1.58.
He is still one of the pitchers being considered by AL manager Jim Leyland to start the game Tuesday across the bay in San Francisco. Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia, Detroit's Justin Verlander and Boston's Josh Beckett are the other top contenders for the starting bid.
"Obviously it would be a big thrill to start it," Haren said. "But I'm just looking forward to playing in it."
Seattle starter Jeff Weaver kept up his resurgence since returning from the disabled list last month, allowing only Johnson's RBI double with two outs in the fourth inning and has a 1.67 ERA in six starts since returning from a one-month absence. He was 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA in six starts when he went on the disabled list May 11.
Weaver allowed one run and four hits in five innings before being replaced by O'Flaherty after warming up for the sixth inning. Weaver threw 99 pitches.
Seattle's Edgar Martinez was the last AL third baseman to make four errors in a game, on May 6, 1990. ... The Mariners are 5-2 against Oakland this season after going just 2-17 last year. ... Beltre has 16 career multihomer games, including two this season. ... Oakland OF Shannon Stewart singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .481 in the streak.
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||5||1||0||0||0||0||1||.360|
|Jose Vidro, DH||4||1||1||2||1||0||0||.287|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.273|
|Jason Ellison, PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.147|
|Jose Guillen, RF||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.276|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||.300|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||2||5||3||0||0||0||.274|
|Kenji Johjima, C||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.294|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Willie Bloomquist, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.283|
|2B - Jose Vidro (10, Haren), Adrian Beltre 2 (21, Haren, Haren)|
|HR - Adrian Beltre 2 (12, Haren, Kennedy)|
|RBI - Jose Vidro 2 (26), Raul Ibanez (50), Adrian Beltre 3 (39)|
|SB - Willie Bloomquist (4, 2nd base off Haren/Kendall)|
|CS - Jose Guillen (1, 2nd base by Haren/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1|
|DP - Guillen-Broussard, Bloomquist-Betancourt-Broussard|
|Eric O'Flaherty (W,6-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.17|
|Brandon Morrow (H,12)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 98-55, Eric O'Flaherty 9-7, Brandon Morrow 9-6, Chris Reitsma 19-12, George Sherrill 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 2-8, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Brandon Morrow 1-0, Chris Reitsma 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 20, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Brandon Morrow 3, Chris Reitsma 3, George Sherrill 3|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.312|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.238|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.264|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.276|
|Dan Johnson, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.265|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.267|
|Bobby Crosby, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Marco Scutaro, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.242|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.225|
|2B - Dan Johnson (14, Weaver)|
|RBI - Dan Johnson (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Johnson (13)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Kotsay 1|
|DP - Kendall-Crosby, Kotsay-Ellis|
|E - Dan Johnson (4, Missed catch of throw), Marco Scutaro 4 (7, Throwing)|
|Dan Haren (L,10-3)||6.1||7||4||3||1||3||1||2.30|
|HBP - Broussard (by Joe Kennedy)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 112-66, Joe Kennedy 12-6, Colby Lewis 39-25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 13-5, Colby Lewis 5-2|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 29, Joe Kennedy 4, Colby Lewis 10|
|Attendance - 19158|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Travis Reininger, Third Base - Ted Barrett|