Boone rips Redman change-up to right-center

SEATTLE (AP) -- Bret Boone gave the Seattle Mariners a lift

He hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Mark Redman in the eighth
inning to give Seattle a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics
Thursday night, the Mariners' fourth win in five games.

"When Boone is swinging the bat well, we seem to be a little
bit of a different club," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's in a
comfortable place right now. He can do some damage, and he
certainly had a big hit today."

Boone hit a home run for the second night in a row, and has hit
three in the past four games. He had a game-winning 11th inning
grand slam Monday against Boston.

With one out in the eighth, Randy Winn's routine grounder went
off the glove of shortstop Bobby Crosby for an error. Boone then
stepped to the plate and blasted Redman's changeup into the seats.

"I made the pitch I wanted to make," Redman said. "I had to
throw it up enough for a strike and he just sat on the pitch he
wanted to hit. Unfortunately, he beat me on it. Give me the same
situation 10 more times and I'll throw the same pitch."

Redman (6-8) lost his fifth straight start, and it was his
second complete-game loss of the season. He settled down after
allowing two runs in the first inning, holding the Mariners
scoreless until Boone's homer. He allowed two earned runs on seven
hits and three walks. In his previous four starts, Redman was 0-4
with a 9.75 ERA.

After being swept in the brief two-game series at Seattle,
Oakland will return home to face the Anaheim Angels this weekend.
The A's have lost seven of their last eight and 20 of 27 away from

"It does get old, but what the formula is I don't know," A's
manager Ken Macha said. "Not many teams get a winning record on
the road. We were counting up the number of losses we've had on the
road in the other team's last at-bat. It's astronomical. Tonight
was another one."

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-3) received the win by getting the final
out in the eighth inning. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his
18th save in 23 opportunities.

"It was another good win," Guardado said. "We're having some
fun right now and hopefully we can make it continue."

Mariners starter Ryan Franklin allowed seven hits over six
innings and left with the game tied at 2. The only time he was hit
especially hard was Crosby's two-run homer over the A's bullpen in
left field in the sixth.

"That was a mistake," Franklin said. "I tried to throw a
curveball in the dirt and it didn't go where I wanted it to."

Crosby's blast followed Scott Hatteberg's leadoff single and
tied the game.

Franklin escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the second
without allowing a run. After Crosby and Erubiel Durazo led off
with singles, Bobby Kielty reached on a fielding error by first
baseman Bucky Jacobsen, loading the bases.

Franklin then struck out Eric Byrnes before getting Adam Melhuse
to ground into an inning-ending double play.

In the first inning, Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Winn singled,
advanced on a passed ball by Melhuse, and scored on Edgar
Martinez's bloop single to left field.<
^Notes@: Byrnes is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. ... Crosby leads
all AL rookies in average (.268), home runs (14), RBI (41), and
multiple-hit games (18).... With a single in the first inning,
Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 14 games. However, his run of
four straight multiple-hit games snapped... The sixth-inning homer
Crosby hit off Franklin was the AL-leading 121st served up by
Mariners pitching.