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Padres Hold Off Late Rally To Defeat Mariners

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SEATTLE (AP) - Chad Gaudin tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and allowed only two runs over seven innings, and the San Diego Padres survived a furious late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-7 on Tuesday night.

After Ronny Cedeno walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, Ichiro Suzuki singled to left field off closer Heath Bell to bring the tying runner to the plate. Bell then struck out Russell Branyan before pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney singled off the glove off third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to score Cedeno from second to pull to 9-7.

Ken Griffey Jr. then flew out to center and Franklin Gutierrez grounded out to second to wrap up the game for San Diego. Bell picked up his 20th save of the year.

The Mariners led off the second inning with three consecutive singles off Guadin (3-6) to load the bases. Guadin then struck out Rob Johnson and Yuniesky Betancourt to nearly get out of the inning unscathed. Gaudin then fell behind Cedeno, a .123 hitter, 3-0 before working the count full. Cedeno would draw the walk to force in a run and give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead.

Scott Hairston singled in the fourth inning and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a home run to right field to put the Padres on top.

After a one-out double by Henry Blanco, Everth Cabrera singled to center field to score Blanco from second base. Cabrera then stole second and third base off of Mariners starter Garrett Olson. David Eckstein then singled under Branyan's glove at first base to score Cabrera and give the Padres a 4-1 edge.

San Diego continued to pile on the Mariners in the sixth inning. Kouzmanoff singled with one out and Chase Headley followed with a ground rule double to right field to put runners on second and third with one out. Seattle went to the bullpen to relieve Olson (2-2) and brought in Roy Corcoran.

Corcoran walked the next two batters on eight pitches to score Kouzmanoff from third. An infield single by Cabrera, a sacrifice fly from Tony Gwynn Jr. and singles by Eckstein and Hairston gave the Padres a 9-1 advantage.

Gaudin retired 12 consecutive Mariners hitters after the second inning. Griffey broke the streak with his 619th homer in the bottom of the sixth with a ball that one-hopped off the top of the wall in right-center field.

Gaudin left after seven innings and the Mariners bats came to life. Greg Burke gave up a leadoff single to Suzuki in the eight inning. Russell Branyan, who fanned three times against Gaudin, homered to right to close the deficit to 9-4.

After a walk by Griffey and infield single by Gutierrez, Wladimir Balentien singled to center to drive in a run and chase Burke.

Pinch-hitter Mike Carp then scored Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly to make it 9-6.

NOTES: Ken Griffey Jr's home run in the sixth inning was the 5,000th home run in Seattle Mariners franchise history. Griffey is the franchise leader in home runs with 406. Edgar Martinez (309) and Jay Buhner (307) follow. ... Gaudin also struck out 11 against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 30, 2007.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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