There was no champagne afterward, although Hisashi Iwakuma did get a beer shower, but the Seattle Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak tonight with a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
“Before the game, it was like ‘C’mon, we’ve got to do this, turn it up!’” catcher Jesus Montero said. “We did the job together.”
Montero and Capser Wells homered in the first inning against Tim Lincecum to put Seattle ahead, 2-0, but the lead became a 4-2 deficit by the fifth inning. That wasn’t going to get it done.
Small ball brought the Mariners back for a tie, then won the game outright in the sixth inning when pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez singled home the tie-breaking run and Brendan Ryan - the .156-hitting shortstop – singling home two more runs.
“I’m the greediest guy in the show right now,” Ryan said. “I’ll take anything. I’m always afraid I’m going to come in here one day and see Jason Vargas batting ninth.
“They had no where to put me with the bases loaded, and when I got the pitch I wanted, I didn’t foul it back. I was able to find a hole.”
The Mariners offense finished with 12 hits – 10 of them singles.
The Seattle bullpen dominated the Giants after the fifth inning. Hisashi Iwakuma went two innings and got his first win, Charlie Furbush worked the eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen the ninth for his fourth save.
After a six-game losing streak, the Mariners now hope this win – and a Felix Hernandez start tomorrow – gets them started on a winning streak.