SEATTLE (AP) -- This was so sweet for Seattle, manager Mike
Hargrove looked as if he might kiss Carl Everett.
Hargrove traded back slaps and hugs and then placed his hand on
Everett's cheek -- all after his slumping veteran lined a home run
in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the surging Mariners a
10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
The 35-year-old designated hitter was 2-for-20 on Seattle's
homestand and batting .245 before his winning hit. The
switch-hitter is being platooned, sitting against left-handed
"I haven't been swinging the bat well," Everett said after
Seattle's season-high fifth homer of the game. "To come through
with the clutch hit was a little uplifting.
"I've played a long time. I just want to keep the peaks high
than the valleys are low."
Everett pulled a 2-0 pitch from Jesse Crain (0-4) as if Crain
had told him what was coming. He immediately flipped his bat to the
ground, turned both shoulders to his dugout and skipped to first
base to celebrate his second game-ending homer this season. The
first was April 19 against Texas.
"For Carl to come through the way he did was absolutely
fantastic," Hargrove said.
"Wins like that add to what we are trying to build here."
Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a home run on the first
pitch of the first inning, as the AL West doormats the last two
seasons won for the sixth time in seven games. This, after a
six-game losing streak had them a season-low nine games under .500
-- and had many Seattle fans looking forward to Seahawks training
"Once this team starts thinking things are getting easier,
things go down," Suzuki said. "This team can't now take it easy
... we should apply pressure to ourselves and allow ourselves to
grow in that way."
Minnesota, which got a career high-tying five RBI from Mike
Cuddyer, four hits from Lew Ford and two hits from major league
batting leader Joe Mauer, lost for the seventh time in nine games.
The Twins scored three more runs than they had scored in their
previous five games combined -- and still lost. Their 10-game road
trip won't end soon enough here Thursday.
"It is frustrating to comeback, put nine runs on the board --
for us not to be able to get that victory is tough," Cuddyer said.
One pitch before, the crowd and Soriano thought he had a
strikeout on an 0-2 pitch, but plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled it
Julio Mateo (3-0) pitched one inning for the win.
Richie Sexson and Yuniesky Betancourt also homered, and
Betancourt reached his career high with four hits. All that
overcame Jamie Moyer's subpar, five-inning start, his shortest
outing of the season.
Moyer allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in his five innings,
with two walks and one strikeout.
Suzuki hit Boof Bonser's first pitch of the game into the
right-field bleachers. Two outs later, Sexson homered to left for a
3-2 Seattle lead. Betancourt's two-run homer made it 5-2.
Bonser allowed five earned runs and seven hits in his five
innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Mauer reached base five times, twice on walks. He was on base in
his first nine plate appearances this series, until Seattle closer
J.J. Putz retired him to end the top of the 10th.
Mauer has a hit in 34 of 39 games, batting .403 in that
span. He's hitting .371 overall. ... Suzuki has 2,501 hits in his
nine years playing in Japan and five-plus seasons in Seattle, where
the 32-year old has 1,223 major league hits. In major league
history, only Ty Cobb has had 2,500 hits by age 32. "I think to
myself, `Wow! That's many," Suzuki said. ... Gonzaga basketball
coach Mark Few, a friend of Spokane, Wash.-native and Twins C Mike
Redmond, was on the field during batting practice.