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May 7, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Huge win for M’s

OK, I’ll admit I was wrong. The Mariners did go into the final two innings down a run and they did come out on top. They did square off against Mariano Rivera and beat him on an Adrian Beltre home run.
Beltre told me after the game that he’s pleased with the approach he’s taken, the solid contact made on outs and is certain the hits will start coming if he maintains his approach. He doesn’t mind the shift down to No. 7 in the order and vows to put up better numbers.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove also isn’t certain he’ll stick with the same batting order in Detroit tomorrow night.
“I don’t know if I will or not,” Hargrove said. “I really don’t. I was thinking about that during the game and I think it’s real ironic that Johjima and Beltre were the hitting heroes tonight.”
As good as things turned out, the M’s probably don’t win if second base umpire Gerry Davis makes the call at second base on Bloomquist in the eighth.
“That’s the first break we’ve gotten in four games this series,” Hargrove quipped.
Bloomquist was diplomatic, but had no doubt he was out.
“It’s a good thing they don’t allow instant replay in baseball,” he said.
But the Mariners did come through when it counted. Miguel Batista said the closed-door, pre-game meeting had a lot to do with playing better baseball.
“We played so much better tonight than we had the last two days,” Batista said after allowing just a pair of runs over 6 1/3 hard-fought innings in a game that saw reliever George Sherrill collect the win. “That’s what is really going to help us, to keep on playing good ball. Because that’s one thing. They might not hit good sometimes, or pitch good at other times, but the Yankees do play good baseball.”
We’ll see if this continues for the Mariners.

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