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Mariners 8, Athletics 5

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- It didn't take long for Jose Lopez to find himself in a pressure situation.

An inning after entering for injured teammate Wladimir Balentien, Lopez hit a two-run double off Oakland Athletics closer Brad Zeigler in a four-run eighth inning to help the Seattle Mariners rally from two deficits for an 8-5 victory Saturday.

"I just wanted to get one run in somehow," Lopez said. "I had a great swing and got the ball around on an inside strike."

Kenji Johjima also had a two-run hit in the inning.

"We've seen him enough last year to know about him," Lopez said of Zeigler. "When you're on the bench you have to be ready for anything."

Balentien left the game with a sprained left wrist. He was injured diving for a ball in the bottom of the first but stayed in the game until after hitting in the sixth.

"It was painful when I swung the bat," he said. "I told the trainer because I didn't want to get worse."

Russell Branyan homered and Franklin Gutierrez drove in two runs for the Mariners, who won their third straight. Mike Sweeney added an RBI single in the ninth.

Seattle's eighth-inning rally began when Bobby Crosby, making his debut at third base, mishandled Sweeney's grounder leading off. Adrian Beltre singled and Casilla walked Branyan to load the bases.

Ziegler took over and gave up Lopez's two-run double and Johjima's two-run single.

Miguel Batista (1-0) pitched two innings in relief of Felix Hernandez. Brandon Morrow recorded three outs for his second save, striking out Nomar Garciaparra to end the game.

"I was a big fan of his when he was with the Red Sox," said Morrow of his first encounter with Garciaparra. "I wore No. 5 in high school but I didn't play much shortstop. He was my favorite shortstop at that point though."

Jack Cust hit a two-run homer and Landon Powell got his first major league hit, a two-run double for the A's, who lost their second straight.

"It was kind of hard to sleep last night," Powell said. "I was a little anxious and ready to go. I couldn't get to the park soon enough. It was kind of a cool moment to get out there and get that hit."

Santiago Casilla (0-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- in one-plus innings.

Hernandez had his worst start against the A's and allowed more than one run for the first time in one of his first two starts of a season. He gave up seven hits and five runs in five innings, walking two and striking out eight. Hernandez has beaten the A's in six of his previous eight starts.

"I think his ankle was bothering him a little bit," Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. "You could see him favor it a little bit on a couple pitches. I don't think it was a huge issue but it was enough to throw his mechanics off."

A's starter Josh Outman lasted 4 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.

"I settled in early and hit my spots," Outman said. "Later on in the game I kind of got away from that, missing pitches and not throwing breaking balls for strikes."

The A's scored three times in the second. Cust and Mark Ellis walked around Travis Buck's strikeout and Powell doubled in two runs. Ryan Sweeney singled and Orlando Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly.

Branyan hit a towering shot into the right-field bleachers with one out in the fourth for his second home run and the Mariners added two more runs in the fifth on Gutierrez's two-run single to tie it 3-all.

Cust put the A's ahead with his two-run drive to left in the bottom half.

Endy Chavez singled in the ninth and became the first Mariners player to hit safely in the first six games since Ichiro Suzuki opened the 2005 season with a seven-game streak.

Notes

Hernandez is third among active pitchers for strikeouts at age 23 and younger. He had 599 before turning 23 on Wednesday and now has 607. Only Jeremy Bonderman (623) and Scott Kazmir (617) had more. ... Mariners' OF Ichiro Suzuki missed his final rehab game because of inclement weather. ... Cabrera was 1-for-2 against Hernandez and is 16-for-32 (.500) lifetime, the best of any hitter with significant at-bats against the right-hander. ... The A's featured an all-shortstop infield the final two innings, with Crosby at third, Cabrera at short, Ellis at second (he came up with the Kansas City Royals as a shortstop) and Nomar Garciaparra at first.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Cust
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

R. Branyan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Endy Chavez, LF-RF5110011 .370
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4012001 .217
Mike Sweeney, DH5131001 .235
Adrian Beltre, 3B5110012 .273
Russell Branyan, 1B3221110 .333
Wladimir Balentien, RF2000101 .400
    Jose Lopez, 2B1112000 .263
Kenji Johjima, C4012002 .167
Ronny Cedeno, 2B-LF3100103 .182
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120000 .364
Totals36812833  
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (1, Ziegler)
HR - Russell Branyan (2, Outman)
SH - Franklin Gutierrez (2)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 2 (5), Mike Sweeney (1), Russell Branyan (3), Jose Lopez 2 (6), Kenji Johjima 2 (3)
CS - Franklin Gutierrez (1, 3rd base by Wuertz/Powell)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Branyan
E - Jose Lopez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez 5755281 4.15
Miguel Batista (W,1-0) 2100010 0.00
Mark Lowe (H,1) 1100100 0.00
Brandon Morrow (S,2) 1000110 10.13
HBP - Holliday (by Felix Hernandez)
WP - Felix Hernandez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 94-58, Miguel Batista 22-14, Mark Lowe 22-10, Brandon Morrow 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 1-4, Mark Lowe 2-0, Brandon Morrow 2-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 25, Miguel Batista 7, Mark Lowe 4, Brandon Morrow 5
Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, CF5010010 .318
Orlando Cabrera, SS3021110 .368
Jason Giambi, 1B4120002 .368
    Bobby Crosby, 3B1000001 .000
Matt Holliday, LF4000024 .214
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B-1B5010016 .211
Jack Cust, DH3222111 .467
Travis Buck, RF3000122 .091
Mark Ellis, 2B3100112 .286
Landon Powell, C4112011 .250
Totals35595410  
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (2, Hernandez), Landon Powell (1, Hernandez)
HR - Jack Cust (1, Hernandez)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (2)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (2), Jack Cust 2 (4), Landon Powell 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Cust 2 (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Sweeney 1
DP - Crosby-Ellis-Garciaparra
E - Bobby Crosby (1, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Josh Outman 4.1633231 6.23
Michael Wuertz 0.2000000 0.00
Russ Springer (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Santiago Casilla (H,2; L,0-1) 1132100 6.00
Brad Ziegler (BS,1) 1211000 6.00
Sean Gallagher 1211000 9.00
WP - Josh Outman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 75-44, Michael Wuertz 7-6, Russ Springer 17-12, Santiago Casilla 24-14, Brad Ziegler 17-9, Sean Gallagher 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 3-7, Michael Wuertz 1-0, Russ Springer 1-2, Santiago Casilla 2-2, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Sean Gallagher 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 21, Michael Wuertz 1, Russ Springer 4, Santiago Casilla 6, Brad Ziegler 4, Sean Gallagher 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19560
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt