Ibanez's 11th-inning home run lifts M's over Padres, 6-5
Raul Ibanez homered leading off the 11th inning, his fourth hit, to give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO – Raul Ibanez homered leading off the 11th inning, his fourth hit, to give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Seattle, which blew a 5-0 lead, won for the 12th time in 17 games. San Diego’s five-game winning streak was snapped.
Seattle’s Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single in the second inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He also singled in the sixth. Jose Lopez, Ibanez and Kenji Johjima had three hits apiece for the Mariners, who had 16 hits and stranded 13 runners.
Ibanez homered to left-center on a 2-1 pitch from Cla Meredith (2-4). It was his second of the year.
Eric O’Flaherty (2-0) got the final out of the 10th for the win. J.J. Putz pitched a perfect 11th for his 16th save in as many chances.
The Padres rallied for four runs in the seventh to tie it at 5. On Thursday night, they rallied for five in the ninth to stun the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5.
Seattle’s Miguel Batista threw six strong innings before getting into trouble in the seventh by walking the bases full with two outs. Marcus Giles then beat out an infield single to short to bring in Russell Branyan, and Betancourt’s throw got past first baseman Sexson for an error that allowed Hiram Bocachica to score and Jose Cruz Jr. to take third.
George Sherrill relieved Batista and promptly gave up pinch-hitter Kevin Kouzmanoff’s two-run double into the gap in right-center field to tie the game at 5.
San Diego scored its first run in the fifth when Khalil Greene doubled with one out and scored on Paul McAnulty’s two-out, pinch-hit single.
The Mariners rallied for four runs with two outs in the fifth off Padres rookie right-hander Justin Germano to take a 5-0 lead. Three straight hits brought in the runs — Ibanez’s single to center, Richie Sexson’s two-run double down the left-field line and Johjima’s RBI double to left-center.
Germano got a no-decision after winning his previous four starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two.