Mariners 6, Padres 5, 11 innings
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Raul Ibanez tamed Petco Park with one well-timed swing.
The opposite-field shot to left-center at the spacious downtown ballpark was Ibanez’s first homer since April 19, a span of 159 at-bats.
“I knew I hit it pretty well but I hadn’t hit one in a while, so I wasn’t sure,” said Ibanez, who drove a 2-1 pitch from sidearmer Cla Meredith an estimated 387 feet. It was Ibanez’s second of the season.
“I know it’s a tough park to hit in, but I wasn’t really thinking about that,” Ibanez said. “In case it didn’t go, I was just trying to run and hopefully get three if you can. But it probably would have been more like two.”
Ibanez’s power production is way off a year after hitting a career-high 33 homers, but he’s still driving in runs.
“If there’s a time to do it, this was the time,” manager Mike Hargrove said.
“The pitch was up a bit,” said Meredith (2-4). “Unfortunately, it got too much of the plate. He took me out at Petco Park. What can else can you do but roll with it?”
Seattle, which blew a 5-0 lead, won for the 12th time in 17 games. San Diego’s five-game winning streak was snapped.
Seattle’s Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single in the second inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He also singled in the sixth. Jose Lopez, Ibanez and Kenji Johjima had three hits apiece for the Mariners, who had 16 hits and stranded 13 runners.
The Padres rallied for four runs in the seventh to tie it at 5. On Thursday night, they rallied for five in the ninth to stun the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5.
Seattle’s Miguel Batista threw six strong innings before getting into trouble in the seventh by walking the bases full with two outs. Marcus Giles then beat out an infield single to short to bring in Russell Branyan, and Betancourt’s throw got past first baseman Sexson for an error that allowed Hiram Bocachica to score and Jose Cruz Jr. to take third.
“It was one of his better outings,” Hargrove said of Batista. “Miguel was absolutely outstanding, then all of a sudden there in the seventh he started flying open and lost his release point. Three walks in that inning killed him.”
The Mariners rallied for four runs with two outs in the fifth off Padres rookie right-hander Justin Germano to take a 5-0 lead. Three straight hits brought in the runs—Ibanez’s single to center, Richie Sexson’s two-run double down the left-field line and Johjima’s RBI double to left-center.
Germano got a no-decision after winning his previous four starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two.
Seattle was the last team in the majors to play an extra-inning game. … San Diego is 4-5 in extra-inning games. … Mariners 3B coach Carlos Garcia was ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for arguing a called strike to pinch-hitter Jose Vidro with two outs in the ninth. Garcia ran to home plate and continued arguing briefly. … Padres CF Mike Cameron left the game as a precaution after spraining his left wrist when he caught it on Sexson’s glove while being thrown out at first base in the seventh. X-rays were negative. … Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris threw out the ceremonial first pitch, then watched the game from a luxury box. … Germano was hit near his left knee with a foul ball by Hiram Bocachica in the third. After sacrificing Bocachica, Germano went into the clubhouse. He said his knee stiffened up.