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Mariners rally in the eighth inning, but Cishek blows save in 9-7 loss


5/14 vs LAA by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

Wild. A good word to describe Saturday night's game at Safeco as the M's dropped their second straight game to the Halos. The Mariners are 21-15 on the year, still 1/2 games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL West. The now 15-21 Angels find themselves 6.0 games in back of the M's in first place. Here's how Saturday night's game went down.

Offensively the Mariners combined for 11 hits on the night. 3B Kyle Seager (.252 AVG) continues to heat up as he went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double. 1B Adam Lind (.229 AVG) whom GM Jerry Dipoto spoke of earlier this week, basically saying that Lind will eventually "wake up" from the slump, did just that on Saturday night. Lind went 2-4 with 4 RBI, 2 hits, one of which a 2-run HR in the second inning for his second HR of the year so far. Lind drove in Canó and Cruz for 2 RBI in the eighth inning with a base hit to deep right field to tie the ballgame at 6 a piece. With Luis Sardiñas then pinch running for Lind at second base, C Steve Clevenger (.188 AVG) connected for a HUGE RBI base hit, scoring Sardiñas and giving the M's the lead, 7-6.

On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4.38 ERA) made his eighth start of the year, going 6.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 9 hits (all earned) and only striking out 2 Angels on the night. RHP Joel Peralta (4.70 ERA) came in and had a rough outing, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. RHP Mayckol Guaipe (4.91 ERA) tossed 1.2 innings striking out 1, giving up nothing else. It was then RHP closer Steve Cishek (3.10 ERA), who came into the game having tossed a blown save on Friday night. Well, he tossed another blown save on Saturday night as well as he let Kalhoun and Trout on base in the top of the ninth, and then gave up a 3-run HR to Albert Pujols. The Angels then led the game 9-7. That was Cishek's third blown save this year, and he now has a W-L record of 2-3 with the loss. We all know Cishek has the power of closing out ballgames, since he has already done so 11 times this year, so hopefully he can break through this slump starting in his next appearance.

The Mariners and Angels will play series finale baseball on Sunday as RHP Felix Hernandez (3-2, 2.27 ERA) and the M's will face LAA LHP Hector Santiago (2-2, 4.27 ERA). Expect to see Dae-Ho Lee in the lineup at 1B due to Santiago being a lefty. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™! First pitch start time- 1:10 PM PAC, 4:10 PM ET.

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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