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Contest lasted four hours, 47 minutes

4/20/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- After the Seattle Mariners' dismal start, they'll
take a victory any way they can get one.

Even by a balk.

Justin Duchscherer balked home Quinton McCracken with one out in
the 14th inning to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Oakland
Athletics on Monday night, their third win in a row after starting
the season 2-8.

"I was a little surprised," McCracken said. "It was just a
weird play. But a win's a win and right now we need plenty of
those. So we'll take it."

Duchscherer (0-1), the fifth A's pitcher, balked on an 0-2 pitch
while facing Scott Spiezio with runners on first and third. First
base umpire Mike DiMuro called the balk, ending the 4 hour, 47
minute game that started with 26,020 fans in the stands but didn't
have nearly that many at the finish.

DiMuro called the balk on Duchscherer because he said the
pitcher didn't step to third base before throwing to first.

"I don't think I balked," Duchscherer said. "If you watch the
tape, you'll see that I did step toward third."

McCracken didn't want to venture an opinion.

"I'll leave those calls to the umpires," he said.

Randy Winn struck out to open the 14th before McCracken singled
to left and went to third on Bret Boone's single.

Kevin Jarvis (1-0), Seattle's sixth pitcher, went one inning for
the win.

Oakland left 17 men on base and the Mariners stranded 16. Each
team left the bases loaded twice in extra innings and Seattle had
three on base to end the ninth.

"We left a lot of guys out there and they did, too," A's
manager Ken Macha said. "That was great pitching by both sides."

Oakland's Jermaine Dye tied the score at 1 when he hit his
AL-leading seventh homer off new Mariners closer Eddie Guardado to
open the ninth.

"Look what I caused," Guardado said, slowly shaking his head.
"It's 12 o'clock. A good three hours."

Raul Ibanez accounted for Seattle's run with a homer in the
fifth off Oakland starter Mark Redman.

The A's had their chances in the 11th, loading the bases with
one out but Julio Mateo got Marco Scutaro to foul out to shallow
right and struck out Esteban German to end the inning.

In the 10th, Shigetoshi Hasegawa struck out Dye with two outs.

The Mariners left the bases loaded for the third time in the
12th against Duchscherer when Rich Aurilia's sinking line drive to
center was caught by Eric Byrnes for the third out.

Spiezio flied out in the 10th to leave them loaded against
Ricardo Rincon, and Dan Wilson, facing Jim Mecir, hit into a
fielder's choice to end the ninth.

Freddy Garcia, Seattle's starter, left the game with a 1-0 lead,
after seven innings. Garcia gave up three hits and two walks, while
striking out seven.

Redman pitched eight innings and allowed one run on four hits,
with two walks and four strikeouts.

Guardado blew his first save with the Mariners. Seattle now has
three blown saves.

Game notes
The Mariners' eight homers are the least in the American
League. ... Seattle RHP Rafael Soriano's rehabilitation start with
Triple-A Tacoma was rained out Monday. So Soriano, optioned to the
minor leagues last Wednesday in order to build up his arm strength,
will pitch Tuesday night for Class-A Inland Empire of the
California League. Soriano strained a side muscle this spring and,
in three games and two innings this season, had an 0-2 record and
an 18.00 ERA. He's still being counted on to play a major role in
the Mariners' bullpen this season. ... A's CF Mark Kotsay was
ejected by plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing too strongly after
being called out on strikes in the top of the 10th. After Kotsay,
was tossed, 3B Eric Chavez moved to LF, only the second time in his
career that he's played in the outfield.