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June 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Mariners fail to score early, wind up losing late

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Felix Hernandez pitched his usual good game tonight, but could not escape a seventh inning jam in which Shane Victorino hit a two-out, two-run double just fair in front of Carlos Peguero down the left field line.
That scored two runs, snapped a tie game and was the difference in a 5-1 win for the Phillies.
Victorino hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Jamey Wright to put the game away and send a huge portion of the 35,829 fans on-hand scurrying for the exits.
Not a bad night for Victorino, who had the homer, a triple, the decisive double and a walk in the first inning during a scoring rally for the Phillies. He’s one reason this Philadelphia team keeps going to the playoffs and came up big in their World Series run in 2008.
The Mariners?


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They had four hits — including Dustin Ackley’s first career home run — not to mention five baserunners and a wild pitch in their favor the first two innings.
But the Ackley home run was all they got across the plate.
Seattle wound up with just an infield single by Ichiro as their only other hit the rest of the way until a two-out single by Greg Halman in the bottom of the ninth.
That was the story right there. Against a team as good as the Phillies, you have to put away a starter as mediocre as Vance Worley when you have the chance.
Ichiro had an infield single tonight but his multi-hits streak ended at six. Ichiro also came up short in a couple of key at-bats tonight when the M’s needed a big hit from anybody they could fine.
But none came and the series is even 1-1.

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