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Ichiro helps red-hot M's rally past Rockies at home

SEATTLE (AP) -- A rare burst of power from Ichiro Suzuki made the
efforts of Seattle's bullpen that much more impressive.

The bullpen pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings and Suzuki made the
performance worthwhile with a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth
inning, capping Seattle's rally in an 8-7 win over the Colorado
Rockies on Saturday night.

Facing reliever David Cortes, Suzuki worked the count full, then
hit a fastball from the right-hander an estimated 372-feet into the
frenzied crowd in right as Seattle fought back from a five-run
deficit.

"He was pretty special tonight. ... I'll take another one
tomorrow if he wants to do that," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove
said.

It was Suzuki's fifth homer of the season and the first runs
allowed by Cortes (3-1) in his last five appearances. It was the
largest blown lead this season for the Rockies, who had surrendered
three-run advantages to the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers in
the last eight days.

While Suzuki's blow was the highlight, it was an outstanding
effort from Seattle's bullpen that made the rally possible, and
picked up the slack from another shaky performance by starter Joel
Pineiro.

Lefty Jake Woods started it with 2 2-3 innings, allowing three
hits. He gave way to Julio Mateo with one out in the sixth and the
bases loaded. Mateo got out of the jam, getting a pop up from
Garrett Atkins and a fly out from Brad Hawpe.

Mateo (5-1) retired all six batters he faced and George Sherill
got the final two outs of the eighth. J.J. Putz pitched the ninth
for his 15th save in 16 chances, striking out Atkins and Hawpe to
end it.

"Woods was absolutely golden. A long guy comes in and doesn't
get a lot of the credit, but if he holds the score where it's at
... he gives us a chance to do what we did," Hargrove said.

Raul Ibanez and Carl Everett both hit two-run homers off
Colorado starter Byung-Hyun Kim, who allowed six runs and seven
hits and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.

Suzuki finished a triple short of the cycle, doubling in the
first and singling in the fifth. Richie Sexson had two hits and his
two-out RBI single in the fifth pulled Seattle within 7-6.

The Mariners improved to 14-3 in interleague play.

"Earlier we were losing the one-run ball games," Everett said.
"To come back and win a one-run ballgame, hopefully it sparked a
lot of confidence."

Jamey Carroll finished with three hits for the Rockies, but was
robbed of a homer leading off the game, when Ibanez climbed the
wall in left and snagged Carroll's drive. Ibanez looked in his
glove coming off the wall to make sure the ball stayed in the
webbing.

Yorvit Torrealba hit his second homer of the season off Pineiro
in the third, a two-run shot. Hawpe added a pair of doubles for the
Rockies, who scored all seven of their runs with two outs.

"We got off to a good start, and after the third just had one
great opportunity ... and didn't get the big hit," Carroll said.
"Their bullpen did a great job and shut us down."

Colorado scored five times in the second on RBI singles from
Clint Barmes, Carroll, Cody Sullivan and Matt Holliday. Suzuki
nearly threw out Barmes and Sullivan at the plate, but both made
athletic slides to avoid the tag of catcher Kenji Johjima.

Pineiro's inconsistency continued, but Seattle's offense kept
the right-hander from losing for the third time in his last four
starts. Pineiro allowed nine hits and a season-high seven earned
runs, and has allowed at least six hits in each of his last 10
starts.

Pineiro said he felt good coming out of his warmup in the
bullpen, but found himself overthrowing on the mound, especially
with two outs. That left the ball over the middle of the plate too
often.

"Our bullpen, you've just got to tip your cap to them,"
Pineiro said.

It was Pineiro's shortest start since Aug. 6, 2003 when he
lasted just 2 2-3 innings against Cleveland.

Game notes
Kim had a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings
snapped in the first on Ibanez's homer. ... Johjima extended his
hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth. ... Seattle
CF Jeremy Reed remained hitless in 22 at-bats against left-handed
pitching this season when he struck out against Tom Martin with
two-outs and the bases loaded in the seventh.