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April 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Washburn keys series split

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Brandon Morrow finally did close out the ninth, getting Jason Kubel to fly out in the photo above, but not before throwing a scare into every Mariners fan out there with four erratic pitches and a leadoff walk to begin the inning. That add-on run in the top of the ninth was huge, with Rob Johnson’s single to center driving in Wladimir Balentien after a key two-out double.
That gave Morrow a 2-0 lead and a needed cushion in that ninth.
He came through with a big 1-2 pitch to Justin Morneau, who took it for a punch-out.
So, Morrow goes on to notch his first save, still looking somewhat shaky. One guy who wasn’t shaky at all today was Jarrod Washburn, who tossed eighth innings of five-hit, shutout ball. Who saw that coming?
Well, maybe Johnson, if you read his interview from earlier today.
Washburn had some help from his fielders, but still notched the key outs when needed. We saw it in the eighth when he retired Denard Span and Alexi Casilla on two softly-hit balls after the Twins put two on with one out in a one-run game.
A well-earned win and series split for the Mariners.

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