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Pineda, Mariners end Phillies' win streak at seven

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SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Michael Pineda wasn't afraid to walk Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard to load the bases in the sixth inning.

The move paid off.

Pineda wriggled out of a jam in the sixth after giving up his first hit, helping the Seattle Mariners end the Phillies' season-high seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Friday night.

Entering the sixth, Pineda (7-4) had a 3-0 lead and no-hitter but Shane Victorino singled to right with two outs and a runner on. Then Chase Utley followed with an RBI single. That brought up Howard, with 15 home runs and 57 RBI.

"I did not want to make mistake for him," Pineda said. "I need to make my pitches because he's a good hitter."

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He made his pitches so Howard couldn't hit them, walking him on five pitches to load the bases. That allowed Pineda to focus on Placido Polanco. He struck him out on three pitches -- a checked swing called by home umpire Doug Eddings.

"He felt like the guy called a check-swing strike and didn't check with another umpire," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who trotted out to break up Polanco's debate with Eddings.

Pineda went six innings, allowing the two hits and one run. He walked three and struck out five.

Ichiro Suzuki, the two-time batting champion, had three hits and has six straight multihit games to raise his average from .252 to .275.

Brendan Ryan had two hits and two RBI.

Dustin Ackley, the second pick in the 2009 draft, called up before the game, stroked his first big league hit -- a single through Roy Oswalt's legs -- in his first at-bat in the second inning.

It's the first time a Mariners player had a hit in his first career plate appearance since Wladimir Balentien on Sept. 4, 2007.

Miguel Olivo hit his 11th home run for the Mariners while Victorino had his seventh for the Phillies.

"Everyone handled themselves appropriately," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said, "starting with Pineda. He really had to work there in the sixth, throwing almost 30 pitches (28). We took care of him and got him out of there."

Aaron Laffey worked two innings -- giving up Victorino's solo shot in the eighth -- before yielding to Brandon League in the ninth.

League earned his 21st save in 24 opportunities. He now leads the majors in saves.

"He (Pineda) was good. He was real good. He was very good," Manuel said. "He looked a little spent at the end. We didn't hit very many balls hard the first five, six innings. He mixed his pitches good and he's big and strong."

Roy Oswalt (4-5), who has won just once since April 21, went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Entering the game, Oswalt had allowed one earned run or fewer in eight if his previous 10 road starts.

Suzuki pestered Oswalt throughout. He reached on a one-out infield single in the third. Ryan then drilled a first-pitch RBI triple into the right-center gap.

In the fourth, Olivo hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead.

Suzuki opened the fifth with a single and Ryan walked. Adam Kennedy advanced both with a sacrifice bunt. Justin Smoak lifted a foul fly down the right-field line. Utley, with his back to home, caught it and Suzuki alertly tagged and scored easily.

"I hollered at him to tag up but he was coming back anyway," third base coach Jeff Datz said. "When Utley caught the ball, yes, we're going to go. If [right fielder] Domonic Brown had caught it, depending on where he was, he has a much better arm and maybe we stay."

Again in the seventh, Suzuki started it with a one-out double down the left-field line. Ryan followed with a RBI single to left for a 4-1 lead.

"His bat is staying in the zone a lot longer, the plane of the bat is where it needs to be," Wedge said of Suzuki's streak. "He's a tough hitter to critique because he has a very unique approach. But his timing is better, his direction is better and it has paid off for him and us."

The Mariners are 4-0 against National League teams this season.

Notes

  • Wedge had avoided using young first baseman Smoak in the fourth spot all season but he batted him cleanup for the first time. "I feel like we have a pretty good grasp of the type of hitter he's going to be and how he has handled himself in the three hole and five hole," Wedge said. "I've enjoyed watching that. Let's see him in the cleanup spot."
  • With the DH available, Phils manager Charlie Manuel put Ben Francisco at that spot and started former Mariner Raul Ibanez in left field because of his past experience at that position at Safeco Field.
 
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Young Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning to improve his record to 7-4.  (Getty Images)
Young Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning to improve his record to 7-4. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3100101 .255
Shane Victorino, CF4121000 .296
Chase Utley, 2B3011000 .277
Ryan Howard, 1B3000111 .248
Placido Polanco, 3B4000023 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF4010000 .242
Ben Francisco, DH3010120 .218
Domonic Brown, RF4000003 .218
Carlos Ruiz, C3010011 .247
Totals3126236  
Batting
HR - Shane Victorino (7, Laffey)
RBI - Shane Victorino (24), Chase Utley (13)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (10), Chase Utley (8)
CS - Ben Francisco (4, 2nd base by Pineda/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Oswalt (L,4-5) 6.1844231 3.38
Jose Contreras 0.2000120 4.05
David Herndon 1100010 4.57
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 96-62, Jose Contreras 11-7, David Herndon 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-12
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 29, Jose Contreras 3, David Herndon 4
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4330000 .275
Brendan Ryan, SS3022100 .257
Adam Kennedy, DH3000012 .270
Justin Smoak, 1B1011200 .253
Carlos Peguero, LF4000016 .214
    Greg Halman, LF0000000 .409
Miguel Olivo, C4121011 .234
Dustin Ackley, 2B4010001 .250
Chone Figgins, 3B4000013 .195
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4000021 .184
Totals3149436  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (13, Oswalt)
3B - Brendan Ryan (2, Oswalt)
HR - Miguel Olivo (11, Oswalt)
SF - Justin Smoak (2)
SH - Adam Kennedy (2)
RBI - Brendan Ryan 2 (23), Justin Smoak (39), Miguel Olivo (34)
SB - Brendan Ryan (2, 2nd base off Contreras/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Figgins-Ackley-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Pineda (W,7-4) 6211350 2.64
Aaron Laffey (H,3) 2211011 2.08
Brandon League (S,20) 1200000 3.90
HBP - Utley (by Michael Pineda)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 91-56, Aaron Laffey 28-17, Brandon League 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 4-8, Aaron Laffey 4-0, Brandon League 2-1
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 23, Aaron Laffey 7, Brandon League 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34345
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley