Mariners 6, Orioles 4, 13 innings

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BALTIMORE (AP)—Instead of getting the winning hit, Bret Boone got hit to win the game.

Kerry Ligtenberg hit Boone with a pitch in the 13th inning, forcing in the tiebreaking run Friday night as the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Carlos Guillen drove in three runs for the Mariners, who remained two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West and a half-game behind Boston in the wild-card race.

“We say we don’t like to scoreboard watch but we’re into the midnight hour,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “Everybody else looked like they were winning up there, so we had to win that game.”

Seattle, coming off consecutive shutout losses at Tampa Bay, blew a three-run lead before pulling out a victory.

“Right now they’re all big, because we haven’t been playing well,” Boone said.

With one out in the 13th, Suzuki singled and took third on a double by Randy Winn. After Edgar Martinez was walked intentionally to load the bases, Ligtenberg (1-2) struck Boone in the arm with a pitch.

“I wasn’t expecting that pitch. Something away or maybe an offspeed pitch,” Boone said. “That was the last pitch I was thinking he was going to throw. It got away from him.”

It was only the second time in his 312-game career that Ligtenberg hit a batter with a pitch.

“The whole idea was to get a ground ball out of Boone,” Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. “He was trying to throw a sinker and it got away from him.”

Guillen followed with a sacrifice fly.

Arthur Rhodes (3-3) retired Brook Fordyce in the bottom of the 13th with runners on second and third.

B.J. Surhoff homered, and Brian Roberts, Luis Matos and Larry Bigbie had four hits apiece for the Orioles, who have lost 10 of 12. Baltimore had a season-high 21 hits and stranded 20 runners.

“We swung the bats well,” Hargrove said. “We only got four runs out of it, but it was probably one of the better games we have played all year.”

The Orioles tied it with two outs in the ninth against Shigetoshi Hasegawa, who blew his first save opportunity in 15 tries this season.

After Bigbie led off the ninth with a single and took second on a walk, Tony Batista grounded into a double play. But Surhoff grounded an RBI single to right, only the seventh time in 56 appearances this season that Hasegawa yielded a run.

Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th before Hasegawa retired Batista on a fly ball.

Seattle starter Gil Meche allowed two runs and 10 hits in six innings and left with a 4-2 lead, but the bullpen cost him what would have been his 15th victory.

Baltimore’s Jason Johnson, who gave up four runs in six innings, failed for a fifth time to get his 11th win. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA in those five starts.

Suzuki put the Mariners up 4-1 in the sixth with his 12th homer, which also gave him 100 runs scored this season. Before the home run, he had one hit in his previous 14 at-bats and eight in his previous 68.

Surhoff homered leading off the Orioles’ half, and an RBI single by Batista against Rafael Soriano made it 4-3 in the seventh.

Baltimore got two hits in each of the first four innings but failed to score until the fourth, on a two-out single by Roberts.

Seattle responded with a two-run fifth, ending a run of 22 straight scoreless innings. After Winn doubled and Boone walked with two outs, the runners moved up on a double steal and came home on a bloop single to center byGuillen.


Martinez received his 1,211th walk in the third inning, pushing him past Hall of Fame SS Pee Wee Reese into sole possession of 21st place on the career list. … Suzuki’s homer was his first in 87 career at-bats at Camden Yards. … Surhoff’s homer was his first since July 24. … Before Guillen’s two-run single, the Mariners were on an 0-for-13 streak with runners in scoringposition. … Seattle has scored first in only one of its last 15 games.

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