Mariners swat away Padres despite stranding club-record 18 baserunners

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners set the kind of record they're not going to be bragging about.

The Mariners stranded a club-record 18 baserunners, yet still managed to beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Friday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the big leagues.

Stranding a dozen and a half runners left "a lot of guys feeling like they could have had a few RBIs tonight," manager Jim Riggleman said. "But the key is you're trying to win a ballgame. We won it, we're happy about that. The situational hitting was kind of not there tonight."

The Mariners (29-50) have the worst record in the majors while the Padres (32-49) are tied with the Washington Nationals for the second-worst. The Mariners won for the third time in four games while the Padres have lost six straight and 11 of 13.

Jarrod Washburn (3-7) won for the first time in eight starts. He had three losses and four no-decisions since his last win, May 5 against Texas.

Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Lopez each had three hits for the Mariners, while Adrian Beltre drove in three runs. San Diego's Brian Giles also had three hits.

The Mariners left the bases loaded in the first, second and ninth innings. The previous franchise record for runners left on base was 16, four times. The only inning in which they didn't leave a baserunner on was the seventh, when they went down 1-2-3.

"We probably didn't do as well as we wanted to, but we got the job done. We got the win," Beltre said.

Beltre said the Mariners weren't frustrated with the wasted chances because they led the whole game. "If we were to lose the game, it would be different. But we won the game, so we don't care about it."

Washburn came out ahead in the battle of lefties. He threw 119 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, his longest start of the season. He held San Diego to two runs and seven hits.

"There were a lot of long innings," Washburn said. "Usually I don't like that. But it didn't seem to affect me too bad today, other than the first batter of every inning I seemed to fall behind 3-0 on. But I was able to bounce back."

Washburn retired the first two batters in the eighth before Brian Giles' tripled into the right-field corner. Adrian Gonzalez, representing the tying run, was intentionally walked before Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded out to second.

Padres rookie Chase Headley, who hit a two-run homer in the seventh, said Washburn "was aggressive in the zone. He threw a lot of strikes and he wasn't getting behind a lot of hitters. That's a good recipe for pitching."

Brandon Morrow got the last four outs for his third save in as many chances.

Wolf (5-7) lasted only 3 1/3 innings, throwing 97 pitches in his shortest outing of the year. Wolf allowed 13 of the 23 batters he faced to reach base, allowing eight hits and walking five. He allowed three runs, two earned.

Wolf dodged bases-loaded jams in the first and second inning, and stranded two more runners in the third.

The Mariners finally got to Wolf in the fourth, getting four straight singles and a walk with one out. Raul Ibanez singled to center to bring in the first run and Beltre bounced a single past diving second baseman Edgar Gonzalez to bring in two more.

"My stuff was fine, but I just didn't have a clue where it was going today," Wolf said. "There is no way to candy-coat it."

The Mariners added a run in the sixth against right-hander Brett Tomko, who was signed earlier in the day. Richie Sexson walked with one out and scored on Kenji Johjima's double.

Headley hit his third home since his callup on June 17, a two-run shot in the seventh. Kevin Kouzmanoff was aboard on a leadoff double that bounced over the fence in right-center.

Beltre beat out an RBI infield single in the nith.

Game notes
The teams wore retro 1978 uniforms to honor the 30th anniversary of the first All-Star game in San Diego. ... Steve Garvey, the MVP of that All-Star game while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Garvey played the final five seasons of his career with the Padres. ... Edgar Gonzalez hurt his left arm diving for Beltre's single in the fourth, was checked by a trainer and remained in the game. ... Riggleman, promoted from bench coach to manage the Mariners after John McLaren was fired last week, managed the Padres from late in the 1992 season through 1994. He was 112-179. ... Morrow made his first big league plate appearance with two outs in the ninth, lining out to right.