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March 29, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Mariners see bullpen serve up three late home runs, lose 4-1

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Things were going relatively well for the Mariners late in this one. They once again had almost no offense to speak of, but did find themselves with a one-run lead just seven outs from victory.
Then, Jason Vargas left the game with one on and one out in the seventh.
Shawn Kelley came on, got a second out, then yielded a two-run homer to Cuban free agent signing Yoenis Cespedes for a lead Oakland never relinquished. On came George Sherrill, who saw a 1-2 pitch hit over the right field wall by Josh Reddick.
Sherrill got bashed around for two more hits before Steve Delabar ended the inning on a strikeout. But in the eighth, Johnny Gomes hit a solo homer off Delabar and the A’s were on their way to a 4-1 win.
Justin Smoak hit a solo homer for the Mariners, which was good to see.
What wasnt so good was the rest of the offense, making Bartolo Colon look like he was pitching in 2005 again. Seattle had just three hits in eight innings off Colon, who needed just 86 pitches to get that far.
The Mariners have some work to do on the mound and at the plate.

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