Bedard Dominates as Mariners beat Padres 4-1

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Erik Bedard struck out nine batters in eight shutout innings, as the Seattle Mariners topped the San Diego Padres, 4-1, to open a three-game interleague series.Bedard (2-4), who hadn't pitched since a 5-2 loss versus the Chicago White Sox on May 8, allowed just three hits and walked two batters. The lefty is unbeaten over his last four appearances. He also moved to 4-0 all-time against the Padres and 8-1 in his career in interleague play.

Miguel Olivo homered and Brendan Ryan knocked in two runs for the Mariners, who posted their third straight victory. Carlos Peguero tripled in a run and made a spectacular catch to rob Jorge Cantu of a home run in the seventh inning.

Mat Latos (1-6) was saddled with the loss after surrendering eight hits and four runs in six innings.

Adam Kennedy singled leading off the second inning, and two outs later he scored on Peguero's triple to right-center field. Ryan followed with an RBI single to right.

Rob Johnson struck out swinging to leave a runner at third in the bottom half and the Mariners widened their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Olivo hit a ground- rule double and came home on Ryan's sacrifice fly.

Bedard retired 11 straight batters until walking pinch-hitter Eric Patterson to lead off the sixth. Chris Denorfia immediately grounded into a double play.

In the top half of the inning, Olivo homered to left field with one out.

Ryan Ludwick singled to start the bottom of the seventh. Cantu was up next and sent a deep fly to the scoreboard in left. Peguero reached his glove over the wall to take away a home run and doubled Ludwick off first base.

It was an odd bottom of the ninth, but Chris Ray pitched the Mariners out of trouble thanks in part to a base running blunder. Denorfia walked with one out and Ryan botched a potential game-ending double play grounder off the bat of Jason Bartlett. Peguero then couldn't come up with a catch on a sinking line drive from Ludwick. Bartlett, in confusion that the ball may have been caught went back toward first base. It was there that he collided with Ludwick, who was called out for runner's interference.

Denorfia scored on the play and Bartlett was awarded second base. Cantu then grounded back to the mound to end the game.

Game Notes

The Padres are mired in a 1-for-23 slump with runners in scoring position over their last four games...San Diego, basement dwellers in the NL West, won four of six meetings with Seattle a year ago and is 97-128 all-time in interleague play. The Mariners own a solid 137-112 mark against the National League.

(COURTSESY OF: www.mlb.com)

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