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May 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Running game thread

BACK 2 BACK: The Mariners have won consecutive games for the first time since April 20 and 22.
FOUR SCORE? Not on Sunday. The Mariners won 3-2, the first time all season they have won a game in which they scored fewer than four runs. They were 0-17 when scoring three or less before Sunday’s victory.
VIDRO: Jose Vidro entered the game in the eighth inning, pinch hitting for Willie Bloomquist. He singled up the middle, Seattle’s third hit of the game.
SHORT ON SUPPORT: Felix Hernandez has been replaced by Sean Green. Hernandez threw 91 pitches in six innings, the only runs he allowed coming on a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth. Hernandez struck out five, walked one, but he left the game with the Mariners behind 2-1. The lack of run support has not been unusual in Hernandez’s starts. The Mariners have not scored more than two runs in any of the previous four games Hernandez started.
GONZO-LEZ: Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second time in two games against the Mariners. Once again, it was a two-run homer. Once again, he hit it in the fourth inning. On Saturday night, he went to the opposite field off Erik Bedard. On Sunday afternoon, he pulled a two-run homer to right field, hitting it into the terrace-level seats next to the Hit It Here Cafe to give San Diego a 2-1 lead.
GRAND THEFT ICHIRO: Ichiro stole second base with one out in the bottom of the first, his 291st stolen base as a Mariner. That sets a franchise record, surpassing the previous mark of 290 set by Julio Cruz. Ichiro stole third on the next pitch. He was going on a pitch that got away from catcher Luke Carlin. There was no throw.

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