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September 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma tosses gem as Mariners beat Jered Weaver once again

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The Mariners have Jered Weaver’s number, even though they aren’t scoring all that many runs off him.
Weaver gave up just two runs today, but it was enough for the Mariners to win 2-1 over the Los Angeles Angels and hand him his fourth loss of the season (and third in four decisions). Weaver was 15-1 when the Mariners went into Anaheim and beat him three weeks ago today.
He’s now 16-4 and pretty much out of the Cy Young Award race.
Hisashi Iwakuma was the better pitcher today, giving up just five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings — with two of those hits coming in his final frame of work. He struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.
Iwakuma also worked out of some jams when he had to, particularly in the sixth inning after a leadoff double by Chris Iannetta.
Josh Kinney replaced Iwakuma with two on and one out in the eighth and got some key flyball outs on Mike Trout and Torii Hunter to preserve the lead. Then, Tom Wilhelmsen — who has had his struggles closing of late — came on to get the save after allowing the only Angels run.
Kendrys Morales walked in the ninth and then pinch-runner Vernon Wells took second on indifference. A two-out single to left by Howie Kendrick brought one run in and then Kendrick stole second.
But Erick Aybar popped out (photo above) to shallow left and that was the game.
Jesus Montero had a homer in the game, a solo shot to left center in the fourth inning off Weaver. Carlos Peguero also homered off Weaver, this one a towering drive to right field in the fifth for the game’s decisive run.
Big win by the Mariners today to avoid the sweep against a tough pitcher.

Comments | Topics: Hisashi Iwakuma, Jesus Montero

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