SEATTLE (AP) -For a team that has struggled to win even with its starters on the field, it just figures that two bench players
would lead the Mariners to a victory.
went a combined 5-for-6 at the plate and scored four runs, helping Seattle to an 8-4 victory and a split of a four-game series
Relegated to the backup catcher role with the promotion of top prospect
, Johjima went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo home run.
''It seems like (Johjima) and (Adrian) Beltre can't seem to get a break,'' Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said. ''He hits
balls that off the bat you are thinking double and the next thing you know, they've got him. It's very frusterating for a
hitter to go through that.''
The Athletics had forged an early two run lead behind the pitching of starter
and two solo home runs from
off Mariners starter
However, Johjima was able to spark a rally in the bottom of the third inning. He drew a leadoff walk on nine pitches after
Meyer had sat down the first six Mariners in order, and
followed with a walk of his own before Cairo hit a two-run triple to the wall.
''I hit it pretty good,'' Cairo said. ''I guess the grass was kind of wet too and it kind of slid and took off. It was nice
to get a clutch hit and help the team get a win.''
Ichiro followed with an infield single that scored Cairo and gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead.
After a solo home run from
tied the game 3-all, Johjima stepped to the plate and hit a 2-1 pitch from Meyer over the left field wall to put Seattle back
''I come prepared everyday, that's all I have in mind,'' Johjima said through a translator. ''I don't prepare myself to be
a backup either. I wake up at the same time and I eat at the same time as well. I prepare for the game the same way.''
Cairo went 2-for-3, scored two runs and drove in two as he filled in at third for Beltre, who has been resting a sore left
shoulder. He also flashed leather in the sixth inning, snagging a broken-bat grounder from
behind third base and throwing across the diamond to get the out.
''He got a couple huge hits for us today,'' Riggleman said. ''He came up big defensively for us. He and Willie (Bloomquist)
have been kind of like that for the ball club all year, just two really valuable pieces that, if we had been winning more
ball games, I think everybody would really recognize how valuable those guys are.''
Hernandez (8-8) allowed three runs over six innings, while fighting a case of strep throat, to win for the first time in more
than a month.
All three runs against Hernandez (8-8) came on homers, but he held Oakland to only one other hit while striking out seven
to capture his first victory since beating Cleveland on July 18.
''I haven't won a game for a long time and it feels great,'' Hernandez said with a grin. ''I've got to go out there and do
the best I can again and try to win another one.''
allowed two runners to reach base in the ninth, but J.J. Putz forced pinch-hitter
to flyout to right field to pick up his ninth save of the year.
hit two of the home runs off Hernandez, once in the first inning and again in the third to give the A's an early 2-0 lead.
broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking a 1-0 offering from Oakland reliever
over the left-field wall for a three-run home run that pushed the lead to 7-3.
Meyer (0-2) went five innings and allowed four runs and three hits in his second start of the year. Saarloos allowed four
runs in two innings of relief.
drove in a run in the seventh for the A's, but Ibanez singled home
in the bottom of the inning to restore the four-run lead.
Notes: Mariners C
sat a second straight day with a lingering knee injury. ... A's LF
returned to the lineup after leaving Friday night's game with blurred vision. 2B
continues to be day-to-day with a sore right shoulder. ... A's 3B
had his first career multihomer game. ... Mariners 2B
matched a career-high with his 11th home run, tying his total from last year. ... Johjima's home run was Seattle's 100th of
the season. ... Oakland has gone 12 consecutive series without winning a series, which is the second longest streak in Oakland
history. ... A's C
hit his first home run since August 8, 2007. ... RHP
struck out seven batters for the 11th time this season. ... Seattle has allowed at least one home run in 15 consecutive games.