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GAME OF THE DAY

Mariners' losing streak ends at seven

July 28, 2007|From the Associated Press

SEATTLE — Adrian Beltre hit a three-run double and Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, ending a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Felix Hernandez rebounded from a mental meltdown in his previous start to allow seven hits and one run -- Nick Swisher's third home run in four at-bats -- over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Hernandez threw a season-high 120 pitches -- nine more than he threw in a one-hitter at Boston April 11.

The 21-year-old ace has struggled with injury and inconsistency since then. In his last start at Toronto, he became angry at an umpire's call and surrendered five runs on his next two pitches.

But he has had no problems with Oakland. Swisher's homer is the only run Hernandez (7-6) has allowed in three starts, all wins, against the A's this season -- a span of 23 innings.

Guillen's two-run homer into the second deck in left field capped Seattle's four-run fourth off rookie Dallas Braden (1-6), who lost for the sixth consecutive time. After Guillen drove Braden's 2-2 pitch, he took four steps to admire his work before trotting.

That made it 7-1, the largest lead Seattle has had in a game since the All-Star break. The Mariners are 6-10 in that span.

Beltre, batting .359 with 25 RBIs in 19 games since July 4, hit his seventh double in seven games to give Seattle a 3-1 lead in the third.

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