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Olerud single drives in two in eighth

SEATTLE (AP) -- John Olerud wasn't out for revenge against the
Seattle Mariners.

Olerud hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning
against his former team, and the New York Yankees overcame another
mediocre start by Esteban Loaiza to beat the Mariners 6-4 Saturday.

"I always felt I would be able to get it turned around,"
Olerud said. "Fortunately, I've been able to get some big hits
here. But I'm just up there today trying to get a hit and score the
run."

After Loaiza wasted a three-run lead and fell behind 4-3, the
Yankees tied the score in the seventh on consecutive doubles by
Enrique Wilson and John Flaherty off Jamie Moyer.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-5) hit Gary Sheffield with a pitch
leading off the eighth, then allowed a double to deep center by
Bernie Williams that put runners on second and third.

George Sherrill relieved and retired Hideki Matsui on a weak
grounder to first, then intentionally walked Ruben Sierra to face
Olerud, who singled to right field. Olerud, who batted .245 for
Seattle with 22 RBI in 78 games before he was released, is hitting
.333 (11-for-33) with 11 RBI in nine games with the Yankees.

Olerud, a native of Seattle who plans to make his home in the
area after he retires, got a standing ovation from the Safeco Field
crowd of 46,530 before his first at-bat in the second.

"I think any time you're with a new club, you want to do well
and help the team win," he said. "It's a good feeling. When they
pitch around the guy in front of you to get to you, you definitely
want to come through with a hit right there," he said.

Mariners manager Bob Melvin thought walking Sierra was his only
option.

"Believe me, we didn't want it working out that way," he said.
"Johnny actually hit a pretty good pitch."

Sherrill was called up by the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma on
July 15, the same day the team designated Olerud for assignment.

"It was a good groundball pitch," Sherrill said. "He just hit
in the hole. Nine times out of 10, that is going to be an out."

New York manager Joe Torre said Olerud is too professional to be
mad at the Mariners.

"I'm not sure he thinks he was dealt a dirty blow," he said.
"He doesn't seem like that kind of individual. I'm sure he was
satisfied more so that he came over here and he got a big hit for
us."

Gary Sheffield and Williams homered for the Yankees (75-41), who
won their fourth straight game to improve to a season-high 34 games
over .500. The last-place Mariners (43-73) lost their third
straight and dropped a season-low 30 games under.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter made an outstanding defensive play
in the seventh to keep Seattle from taking a 5-4 lead. With two on
and two outs, he dived to snare Dan Wilson's grounder up the middle
and tossed to second for the forceout.

Paul Quantrill (6-2) got the victory with one inning of relief.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 40th
save in 43 chances.

Sheffield and Williams hit back-to-back homers in the first
inning, and the Yankees made it 3-0 in the third when Jeter doubled
to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, stole third and scored on
Sheffield's infield out.

With the Yankees temporarily going to a six-man rotation because
Mike Mussina is coming off the disabled list Tuesday, Loaiza didn't
help himself in his competition with Orlando Hernandez and Jon
Lieber for the final two spots. Loaiza allowed four runs, seven
hits, four walks and a wild pitch in 5 1-3 innings, giving up 27th
homer of the season, third in the AL behind Anaheim's Bartolo Colon
(30) and Moyer, who leads the major leagues with 33.

Loaiza, acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 31 for Jose
Contreras, is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts with the Yankees.
Contreras won at Fenway Park for the first time on Friday night and
is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA for the White Sox.

"I thought he was better," Torre said of Loaiza. "The one
inning where they scored the three runs he got himself into some
count troubles. I think the lack of command or trying to be too
perfect hurt him."

Loaiza was unhappy that he gave up a 3-0 lead.

"In that inning where I gave up three runs, I just wanted to
get a ground ball and get people out," he said. "But things
didn't go my way."

Edgar Martinez's RBI single began Seattle's comeback in the
third, and the Mariners took a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Jose Lopez, a
20-year-old playing his 14th game with Seattle, became the second
rookie in two games to hit his first major league homer off Loaiza.

Seattle then loaded the bases with no outs, and Bret Boone and
Raul Ibanez hit sacrifice flies.

Moyer, 0-6 in 10 starts and 11 appearances since winning at
Pittsburgh on June 18, gave up four runs and seven hits in seven
innings.

Game notes
Toronto's Gabe Gross homered off Loaiza on Monday. ...
Seattle RHP Joel Pineiro, a 16-game winner last season, might not
pitch again this season. Pineiro made his last start July 25 in
Anaheim before being put on the 15-day DL with a strained flexor in
his right elbow. He is rehabilitating his elbow and is not
throwing. "Unless he's 100 percent in our mind, we won't run him
out there," Melvin said.