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September 4, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Mariners 6, Athletics 3: Ryan Rowland-Smith rides early lead to victory

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Ryan Rowland-Smith didn’t get to finish what he started after all. He’d thrown 106 pitches in eight innings to match his career high and that was it. So, manager Don Wakamatsu, knowing David Aardsma had closed three of the last four contests, went instead to Mark Lowe and got the save he needed.
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That later home run by Jose Lopez and sacrifice fly an inning earlier by Kenji Johjima made things a bit easier on Lowe in this 6-3 win than they looked like they might be after Nomar Garciaparra’s home run.
But a solid outing by Rowland-Smith, who yielded only four hits. He struck out four and walked one, but otherwise got through the night by pitching-to-contact. That’s his game and when he’s on, he usually generates good results with the excellent fielders behind him.

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