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Gaudin whiffs 11, Padres hold on to beat Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Chad Gaudin's brilliant performance was inches from being derailed in the second inning.

He gave up three singles in a row to the heart of Seattle's lineup and walked .123 hitter Ronny Cedeno to force in a run. Then Ichiro Suzuki laced a ball up the right-field line that would have gone for extra bases and scored at least two more runs.

The one problem for Suzuki: First base umpire Randy Marsh called the ball foul.

"It was close," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Yeah, it was close."

Gaudin rebounded and forced Suzuki to ground out to end the inning and he went on to match a career high with 11 strikeouts in the San Diego Padres' 9-7 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"That right there could have been the difference in the game," Gaudin said. "He gets a base hit and you never know what can happen. Especially after walking in a run, I really made a conscious effort of making sure I made good pitches and minimized the damage and keep him off the bases. He's a great hitter and probably one of the hardest outs in the game, and that was a big accomplishment and I think that's why the game stayed where it did."

The Padres offense, bolstered by the return of Scott Hairston from the disabled list, gave Gaudin (3-6) plenty of run support early on. Hairston singled with one out in the fourth and Adrian Gonzalez homered to right off Mariners starter Garrett Olson (2-2), giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.

Olson gave up two more runs in the fifth. A single by Kevin Kouzmanoff and a ground-rule double by Chase Headley chased Olson from the game.

"I was struggling to get the ball down in the zone, especially after the first couple innings," Olson said. "I had to battle to make pitches."

Olson allowed six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Roy Corcoran walked the next two batters on eight pitches to score Kouzmanoff from third. An infield single by Cabrera, a sacrifice fly from Tony Gwynn Jr. and singles by Eckstein and Hairston gave the Padres a 9-1 advantage.

Gaudin's streak ended in the bottom of the sixth when Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 619th home run to right-center field that one-hopped off the top of the wall.

"I felt good today, the slider was working, fastball was working, change was working, and I felt I kept the hitters pretty honest and it worked out great for me," Gaudin said.

Gaudin left after seven innings, giving up two runs and four hits, and the Mariners' bats came to life. Greg Burke gave up a leadoff single to Suzuki in the eighth inning. Russell Branyan, who fanned three times against Gaudin, homered to right to close the deficit to 9-4.

After a walk by Griffey and infield single by Franklin Gutierrez, Wladimir Balentien singled to center to drive in a run and chase Burke.

Pinch-hitter Mike Carp then scored Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly to make it 9-6.

Cedeno walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, then Suzuki singled to left off closer Heath Bell to bring the tying runner to the plate. Bell then struck out Branyan before pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney singled off the glove off third baseman Kouzmanoff to score Cedeno from second to make it 9-7.

Griffey then flied out to center and Gutierrez grounded out to second to wrap up the game for San Diego. Bell picked up his 20th save of the year.

"Never a dull moment," Black said. "Ultimately, we shook hands at the end."

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu was still proud to see the fight his team had to rally back from a seven-run deficit to make the game close.

"To come back and score six runs over the last four innings and five in the last two shows this team in not one to give up," Wakamatsu said.

Notes

  • Griffey's blast in the sixth was the 5,000th home run in Seattle Mariners franchise history. Griffey is the franchise leader in home runs with 406. Edgar Martinez (309) and Jay Buhner (307) follow.
  • Gaudin also struck out 11 against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 30, 2007.
  • The Mariners set a season high for most strikeouts in a game with 12. Seattle fanned 11 times against San Diego on June 18.
  • Hairston went 2 for 5 with an RBI in his first game since coming off the disabled list.
 
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Chad Gaudin strikes out 11, tying a career high, while going seven innings with only two runs allowed.  (AP)
Chad Gaudin strikes out 11, tying a career high, while going seven innings with only two runs allowed. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

K. Griffey
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., RF4001002 .333
David Eckstein, 2B5032000 .270
Scott Hairston, CF5121002 .329
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5112013 .274
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5120001 .241
Chase Headley, LF4120001 .233
Kyle Blanks, DH3100102 .111
Henry Blanco, C3211100 .191
Everth Cabrera, SS3222110 .333
Totals37913932  
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (9, Olson), Henry Blanco (3, Olson)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (24, Olson)
SF - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1)
RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (4), David Eckstein 2 (28), Scott Hairston (24), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (47), Henry Blanco (9), Everth Cabrera 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein 2 (15), Scott Hairston (14)
SB - Everth Cabrera 2 (2, 2nd base off Olson/Johnson, 3rd base off Olson/Johnson)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Chad Gaudin (W,3-6) 74221111 5.60
Greg Burke 0.1444101 4.50
Edward Mujica (H,9) 0.2000000 2.78
Heath Bell (S,20) 1211110 1.44
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 113-75, Greg Burke 18-10, Edward Mujica 3-2, Heath Bell 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 5-6, Greg Burke 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 27, Greg Burke 6, Edward Mujica 2, Heath Bell 6
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5120003 .359
Russell Branyan, 1B5112042 .303
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000000 .254
   a- Josh Wilson, PH-3B1000000 .154
   b- Mike Sweeney, PH1011000 .248
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4321102 .225
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5120002 .256
Wladimir Balentien, LF4021020 .236
Rob Johnson, C3000023 .194
   c- Mike Carp, PH0001000 .429
    Jamie Burke, C0000000 .122
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000024 .244
Ronny Cedeno, 2B2101221 .120
Totals377107312  
a-grounded out for Beltre in the 8th
b-singled for Wilson in the 9th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
HR - Russell Branyan (17, G. Burke), Ken Griffey Jr. (8, Gaudin)
SF - Mike Carp (1)
RBI - Russell Branyan 2 (33), Mike Sweeney (13), Ken Griffey Jr. (23), Wladimir Balentien (8), Mike Carp (1), Ronny Cedeno (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Ronny Cedeno (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Cedeno-Branyan, Betancourt-Cedeno-Branyan
Seattle Mariners
Garrett Olson (L,2-2) 5.1866021 4.95
Roy Corcoran 1.2433200 7.30
Miguel Batista 2100100 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Olson 82-50, Roy Corcoran 35-18, Miguel Batista 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Olson 4-10, Roy Corcoran 3-1, Miguel Batista 1-4
Batters Faced - Garrett Olson 24, Roy Corcoran 10, Miguel Batista 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23537
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Lance Barksdale