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Nationals 5, Mariners 2

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SEATTLE -- At times this week, Tyler Clippard must have felt like he was a one-man team.

He has taken three solo flights around the country to make a pair of starts for the Washington Nationals. In one day, out the next.

Even his solid effort Saturday in the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners won't keep him in the big leagues. Clippard will be back on a plane to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.

"Obviously, I want to be here. I feel I should be here. But that's out of my hands," said Clippard, who went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits and two runs.

Clippard (1-1) was called up from the Clippers last Sunday to start Monday against the San Francisco Giants. He went just 4 2/3 innings -- allowing five hits and three runs -- in a 3-2 loss. He was sent back down to Columbus the next day.

"The day I got back to Columbus, they told me I was coming back up," he said. "It was crazy. I'm wondering what's going on, if I'm going to be here, if I'm not, whatever? They tell me what I'm going to do and I do it."

Clippard was called up to take the start of Odalis Perez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (shoulder tendinitis) Friday, retroactive to June 11. Then after the game Clippard was told he will be sent back to Columbus on Monday when the club activates Paul LoDuca (hand) from the DL.

"He did a very good job for us," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "As far as getting another chance, he'll get another chance but he's going to be optioned down."

Jesus Flores provided the key hit, a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning. Flores, who had three RBI, hit a two-out, 2-2 pitch from Miguel Batista (3-8) into the left-field bullpen for his fourth home run.

Jon Rauch struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities. He also saved Friday's 7-6 victory.

Jose Vidro and Adrian Beltre each had solo home runs for the Mariners.

Flores, like Clippard, also may be a victim of numbers. With LoDuca returning, he'll assume the starting catching spot. But Acta hasn't made that commitment yet.

"There are a lot of at-bats left, but the way he's (Flores) playing right now there's no way we're going to not play the kid and not feel like he's part of our lineup," Acta said. "He's doing it defensively, offensively. As far as Paul is concerned, he's going to get his playing time, too. He's going to get his starts. They'll be at-bats for everybody."

Flores had an RBI single in the first off Mariners starter Erik Bedard and could have scored more but Dmitri Young was thrown out at the plate.

In the bottom half, Ichiro Suzuki was thrown out trying to stretch a hit to a triple with a precise relay throw from Felipe Lopez to Ronnie Belliard.

That same Belliard-Lopez combination produced the Nationals' second run in the fourth. They opened the inning with back-to-back doubles.

The Nationals had a runner in scoring position in every inning. They managed to score at least one run in four of those innings. They were 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners were 0-for-3

Seattle responded in the bottom half with solo shots from Vidro and Beltre to tie the score.

The Mariners had a two-out rally in the sixth after a Vidro walk and a double to right by Raul Ibanez. Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases for Richie Sexson. Sexson, who has not hit a home run since May 24, struck out.

"That was huge, man. That was a big out obviously," Clippard said of the Sexson strikeout. "The game could have gone one way or the other. I'm just glad I got him and go on from there."

Sexson, hitting just .212, was booed heavily by the home crowd.

"He wants to do well and he is working hard," Mariners' manager John McLaren said of Sexson. "He is working extremely hard and he gets caught up in the situation sometimes, I think."

Belliard drove in the final run in the ninth with a two-out double.

Notes

Mariners reliever Mark Lowe threw exclusively out of the stretch Friday for the first time. He tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts. "I like what I see," McLaren said. "There's no loss of velocity. It doesn't look like he rushes as much. With the windup, it looked like he was real quick." Lowe will be critical to the bullpen's success with closer J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL. Brandon Morrow now will do much of the closing work while Lowe will slip in the Morrow's role as the setup guy. ... Home plate umpire Jerry Crawford developed back spasms and had to leave in the bottom of the third. Just three umpires worked the rest of the game, with Paul Nauert taking over behind the plate.
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Flores
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5010003 .310
Elijah Dukes, RF3110211 .222
Lastings Milledge, CF5210034 .250
Dmitri Young, 1B3020100 .289
    Willie Harris, LF1000001 .146
Jesus Flores, C4123124 .327
Ronnie Belliard, 3B5121012 .233
Felipe Lopez, 2B5021002 .243
Wily Mo Pena, DH4020011 .209
    Ryan Langerhans, PR-DH0000000 .214
Kory Casto, LF4000013 .231
    Aaron Boone, 1B0000000 .254
Totals39513549  
Batting
2B - Lastings Milledge (16, Green), Dmitri Young (3, Bedard), Ronnie Belliard 2 (7, Bedard, Green), Felipe Lopez (14, Bedard)
HR - Jesus Flores (4, Batista)
RBI - Jesus Flores 3 (23), Ronnie Belliard (15), Felipe Lopez (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Flores 3 (12), Ronnie Belliard (7)
SB - Elijah Dukes (5, 2nd base off Bedard/Burke), Ryan Langerhans (2, 2nd base off Rhodes/Burke)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1
DP - Guzman-F. Lopez-Young, F. Lopez-Guzman-Young
Washington Nationals
Tyler Clippard (W,1-1) 6722322 4.35
Saul Rivera (H,9) 1000010 3.70
Luis Ayala (H,16) 1000010 5.35
Jon Rauch (S,15) 1000030 2.60
IBB - Beltre by Tyler Clippard
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Clippard 90-53, Saul Rivera 6-5, Luis Ayala 14-8, Jon Rauch 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Clippard 5-9, Saul Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Clippard 26, Saul Rivera 2, Luis Ayala 3, Jon Rauch 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010011 .293
Jose Lopez, 2B4010000 .295
Jose Vidro, DH3111111 .223
Raul Ibanez, LF4010001 .263
Adrian Beltre, 3B3111110 .227
Richie Sexson, 1B4000023 .212
Wladimir Balentien, RF4010010 .196
Jamie Burke, C2010100 .217
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000013 .284
Totals3127237  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (11, Clippard), Raul Ibanez (18, Clippard)
HR - Jose Vidro (5, Clippard), Adrian Beltre (14, Clippard)
RBI - Jose Vidro (34), Adrian Beltre (30)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wladimir Balentien 1
Seattle Mariners
Erik Bedard 6922280 4.14
Miguel Batista (L,3-8) 1122101 6.18
Arthur Rhodes 0.2100000 4.76
Sean Green 1.1211110 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 100-63, Miguel Batista 21-10, Arthur Rhodes 13-9, Sean Green 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 5-4, Miguel Batista 2-1, Sean Green 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 28, Miguel Batista 5, Arthur Rhodes 3, Sean Green 7
Game Information
Attendance - 32145
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn