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May 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Game thread: Mariners 9, Padres 0, bottom 7th

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Raul Ibanez gets in on the action with a run-scoring double to the right field corner to make it 9-0 here in the eighth after reliever Anthony Bass had  uncorked a wild pitch to bring a prior run in earlier on in the frame.

A two-run single to left center by Kendrys Morales had given the Mariners a seven-run lead as part of a four-run Seattle inning. Just the type of cushion Aaron Harang needed to get him through the day. Harang has scattered three hits and is giving the Mariners the innings they need and expect from a veteran starter.

1:58 p.m.: Kelly Shoppach just hit the third Mariners homer of the day, a solo shot to left to lead off the bottom of the fourth aganst Clayton Richard. Seattle now leads it 5-0.

1:25 p.m.: The caliber of opponent has taken a decided turn south this week and the Mariners jumped all over that advantage in the first inning, scoring four times before even making an out to lead it 4-0. Jason Bay led off with a home run to center, the first leadoff blast of his career and the sixth by Seattle this season to already set the club record.

Kyle Seager walked, Kendrys Morales doubled down the right field line and then Michael Morse unloaded a three-run homer to right center.

Aaron Harang gave up a leadoff double and then a towering last to center that Endy Chavez had to handle at the wall to save a run. We’ll see how Harang pitches now that he has a lead.

12:50 p.m.: There’s no question that Aaron Harang is now living on borrowed time. The Mariners have Hector Noesi up from Class AAA today in case Harang implodes. But after today’s roster moves, you know the team is getting antsy waiting for better individual performances.

The Mariners simply can’t afford another early exit today. They’ll see what Harang does, see what Brandon Maurer does tomorrow and then adjust accordingly.

But these are games the team needs to win in order to have a shot at getting back to .500 and salvaging some of what this season was supposed to be about.

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