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May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rockies, May 20: Mariners complete sweep, 6-4

Brandon League didn’t make it easy in the ninth, giving up a homer and three straight singles with one out. The Rockies scored two, but League got Tulo on a force out and then struck out Helton on a 3-2 pitch with runners on first and third.
ROCKIES EIGHTH: First 1-2-3 inning of the game for Mariners, with Furbush getting the first out, Wilhelmsen the next two. Mariner relievers have worked three scoreless innings. 6-2 Mariners.
MARINERS EIGHTH: They go down in order, but still hold a 6-2 lead. Six outs from a three-game sweep.
ROCKIES SEVENTH: Mariners get another good relief effort, this time from Charlie Furbush. He replaced Kelley after a one-out single, and struck out Carlos Gonzalez on three pitches before getting Tulowitzki to ground out. 6-2 Mariners.
ROCKIES SIXTH: Great relief work from Shawn Kelley, who takes over for Beavan after a leadoff double by Cuddyer. He gets Rosario on a liner to second, then strikes out Pacheco and pinch-hitter Colvin. Not sure why Beavan was taken out, though. He had just 82 pitches and had batted the previous inning. 6-2 Mariners.
MARINERS SIXTH: Yes, the ball is flying today — Carp rips the Mariners third homer of the game, a second-decker to right. It’s 6-2 Seattle.
ROCKIES FOURTH: Beavan nearly escaped after a one-out double by Michael Cuddyer, but with two outs Pacheco ripped a single off the left-field wall to bring him home. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Mariners get Ryan to second with one out, but Ackley and Saunders strike out. Still 5-1 Mariners.
ROCKIES THIRD: Car-Go just misses his second homer of the game, settling for a two-out double off the scoreboard in right. But Beavan strikes out dangerous Troy Tulowitzki on a full-count pitch. 5-1 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Big inning, as Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak became the first Mariner hitters to hit back-to-back homers — Montero’s with Ichiro aboard. It’s 5-1 Mariners.
ROCKIES SECOND: The Rockies get a runner to third with two outs, but Beavan gets his opposite number, Jeremy Guthrie, to ground out. 2-1 Mariners.
ROCKIES FIRST: The Rockies get one back on Carlos Gonzalez’s homer to dead center, into the pine trees. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINER FIRST: Once again, the Mariners jumped ahead with two runs in the first. Ackley got it started with a double off the base of the wall in center and moved to third on Michael Saunders’ long fly (Saunders has a lot of 400-foot outs in this series). Ichiro couldn’t get the job done, striking out, but Seager walked. WIth Montero up, he took off for second. On the throw, Ackley broke for home, and Scutaro threw wildly to the plate for an error. Credit both runners with a steal, with Seager advancing to third on the throwing error. Justin Smoak singled him home. 2-0 Mariners.

Interleague play agrees with the Mariner pitchers. Their 1.68 ERA in 18 games against the National League last season was the lowest of any team since interleague began, and they have a 1.50 ERA after two games this year. They have 29 shutouts since the start of interleague play in 1997 — including Kevin Millwood’s on Friday — the most of any team.
One more interleague note: since 2001, Ichiro has more hits (281) and stolen bases (66) in interleague games than any other major-league player.
Kyle Seager is hitting .292 with 11 doubles, five homers and 26 RBIs, putting him on pace for 42 doubles, 19 homers and 100 RBIs. Only five players in Mariner history have had a 40-double, 20-homer, 100-RBI season: Edgar Martinez (four times), Ken Griffey Jr., Raul Ibanez, RIchie Sexson and Alex Rodriguez.

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