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April 12, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Michael Pineda pitches a gem and Justin Smoak helps him keep the win

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That was a problematic thing that happened to Michael Pineda, Miguel Olivo and the Mariners en route to an easy victory.
Olivo’s passed ball and throwing error in the eighth opened the door to two Toronto runs and put the tying run on third with one out. Michael Pineda, allowed to stay in the game to start the eighth, lasted one more out and got tagged with the two runs.
But Justin Smoak ran behind first base for a foul pop up down the right field line by Jose Bautista, then fired a strike to home plate to nab tagging baserunner Corey Patterson.
Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for a 3-2 win by Seattle. First MLB victory for Pineda.

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