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Fister badly in need of support

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The problem with Doug Fister is that there is no problem.

The problem when Doug Fister pitches is with the Seattle offense.

Fister started Tuesday in Target Field against the Twins and stumbled a bit, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings during Seattle's 4-2 loss.

The four runs yielded shouldn't be an insurmountable problem. But when Fister pitches, four runs seems like 100 to the Seattle offense. On Tuesday, for the ninth time in 10 Fister starts, the Mariners scored two runs or fewer.

It's hard for Fister or any other pitcher to win with that kind of support.

And the offensive problems aren't specific to Fister. Tuesday was the 48th game of Seattle's season, and in 28 of those, the Mariners have scored three runs or fewer. In 19 games, the Mariners have come up with two runs or fewer.

Tuesday's loss marked the end of a season-best six-game winning streak and kept the Mariners from getting to .500 from the first time since Seattle was 2-2 in the season's opening week.

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