• Summary: Adrian Beltre homered twice and went 5-for-5 with three RBIs, and the Mariners ended Dan Haren's 3-month winning streak with a 7-1 win over the Athletics.
• Hero: Beltre was instrumental as the M's beat the A's for the fifth time in seven games. He belted a second-inning solo shot and then added a two-run homer, driving reliever Joe Kennedy's offering 345 feet into the left-field seats.
• Rare loss: The Mariners tagged Haren for four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, ending the right-hander's run of 10 straight winning decisions that boosted his case to start the All-Star Game. Haren lost for the first time since April 7.
• Error-prone: Marco Scutaro, starting instead of injured Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez, tied the AL record for errors by a third baseman with four, becoming the 23rd player to do it. He made two throwing errors and botched two grounders in the eighth.
• Quotable: "It was one of those days where everything goes good for you." -- Beltre
-- ESPN.com news services
Mariners 7, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Just about everything went right for
Adrian Beltre at the plate. For his counterpart at third base, it
was just the opposite kind of game in the field. Beltre went 5-for-5 with two homers and the Seattle Mariners
took advantage of an AL record-tying four errors by Oakland's Marco Scutaro Sox to beat All-Star Dan Haren for the second time this season
with a 7-1 victory over the Athletics on Friday night. Beltre hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot
in the eighth for the Mariners, who improved to 2-3 under new
manager John McLaren. Beltre also had two doubles and a single in
his second career five-hit game. "It was one of those days where everything goes good for you,"
Beltre said. And for Scutaro it was one of those days where nothing good
happened. Starting in place of banged-up Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez,
Scutaro tied the AL record for errors in a game by a third baseman.
He made a throwing error in the first inning, another in the
seventh to key a three-run rally and botched two grounders in the
eighth, becoming the 23rd AL third baseman with four errors in a
game. "It just wasn't my day," Scutaro said. "It happens." Haren (10-3) was looking to win his 11th straight decision and
bolster his case to be the starting pitcher for the American League
in next week's All-Star Game. But with little support from his
teammates at the plate or in the field, Haren lost for the first
time since a 2-1 defeat to the Angels on April 7. Haren's other loss this season came on Opening Day, when Seattle
scored four unearned runs in a 4-0 victory. His defense didn't help
him this game either, making five errors, including one by Scutaro
that helped fuel Seattle's three-run seventh inning. "He is one of the elite of the elite," McLaren said. "We got
some breaks and took advantage of them. Beating that guy is a
chore." Eric O'Flaherty (6-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the
win, setting a Mariners record with six consecutive victories to
start his career. Willie Bloomquist started the go-ahead rally for Seattle with a
one-out single in the seventh. He stole second and stayed there
when Scutaro threw high to first on Ichiro Suzuki's grounder for
his second error of the game. "It's tough for any position player, especially an infielder,
when you have a game like that," Beltre said. "You just want to
dig a hole and get in it." Jose Vidro followed with a double to the wall in center, giving
the Mariners a 3-1 lead. Joe Kennedy came on and allowed an RBI
single to Raul Ibanez to make it 4-1. Kennedy, who failed to make
it out of the first inning as the starter Wednesday against
Toronto, allowed Beltre's 12th homer of the season in the eighth. Earlier in the game, Beltre homered and doubled twice against
Haren, improving to 13-for-29 in his career against Oakland's ace. "I feel OK facing him," Beltre said. "He's still really
nasty. He has good stuff and make you look bad out there. I got
lucky out there." Haren allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in seven
innings, raising his AL-leading ERA to 2.30. He has given up at
least three runs in his last five starts after allowing that many
in just three of his first 14, raising his ERA from 1.58. He is still one of the pitchers being considered by AL manager
Jim Leyland to start the game Tuesday across the bay in San
Francisco. Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia, Detroit's Justin Verlander
and Boston's Josh Beckett are the other top contenders for the
starting bid. "Obviously it would be a big thrill to start it," Haren said.
"But I'm just looking forward to playing in it." Seattle starter Jeff Weaver kept up his resurgence since
returning from the disabled list last month, allowing only
Johnson's RBI double with two outs in the fourth inning and has a
1.67 ERA in six starts since returning from a one-month absence. He
was 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA in six starts when he went on the disabled
list May 11. Weaver allowed one run and four hits in five innings before
being replaced by O'Flaherty after warming up for the sixth inning.
Weaver threw 99 pitches.
Seattle's Edgar Martinez was the last AL third baseman to make four errors in a game, on May 6, 1990. ... The Mariners are
5-2 against Oakland this season after going just 2-17 last year.
... Beltre has 16 career multihomer games, including two this
season. ... Oakland OF Shannon Stewart singled in the first inning
to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .481 in the