Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Friday, June 30
Game 2: Saturday, July 1
Game 3: Sunday, July 2
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Rockies 7

(41-39, 21-21 away)

Mariners 8

(42-40, 23-18 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 1, 2006

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: J. Mateo (5-1)

    L: D. Cortes (3-1)

    S: J. Putz (15)

    Ichiro helps red-hot M's rally past Rockies at home

    SEATTLE (AP) -- A rare burst of power from Ichiro Suzuki made the efforts of Seattle's bullpen that much more impressive.

    The bullpen pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings and Suzuki made the performance worthwhile with a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning, capping Seattle's rally in an 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

    Facing reliever David Cortes, Suzuki worked the count full, then hit a fastball from the right-hander an estimated 372-feet into the frenzied crowd in right as Seattle fought back from a five-run deficit.

    "He was pretty special tonight. ... I'll take another one tomorrow if he wants to do that," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

    It was Suzuki's fifth homer of the season and the first runs allowed by Cortes (3-1) in his last five appearances. It was the largest blown lead this season for the Rockies, who had surrendered three-run advantages to the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers in the last eight days.

    While Suzuki's blow was the highlight, it was an outstanding effort from Seattle's bullpen that made the rally possible, and picked up the slack from another shaky performance by starter Joel Pineiro.

    Lefty Jake Woods started it with 2 2-3 innings, allowing three hits. He gave way to Julio Mateo with one out in the sixth and the bases loaded. Mateo got out of the jam, getting a pop up from Garrett Atkins and a fly out from Brad Hawpe.

    Mateo (5-1) retired all six batters he faced and George Sherill got the final two outs of the eighth. J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances, striking out Atkins and Hawpe to end it.

    "Woods was absolutely golden. A long guy comes in and doesn't get a lot of the credit, but if he holds the score where it's at ... he gives us a chance to do what we did," Hargrove said.

    Raul Ibanez and Carl Everett both hit two-run homers off Colorado starter Byung-Hyun Kim, who allowed six runs and seven hits and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.

    Suzuki finished a triple short of the cycle, doubling in the first and singling in the fifth. Richie Sexson had two hits and his two-out RBI single in the fifth pulled Seattle within 7-6.

    The Mariners improved to 14-3 in interleague play.

    "Earlier we were losing the one-run ball games," Everett said. "To come back and win a one-run ballgame, hopefully it sparked a lot of confidence."

    Jamey Carroll finished with three hits for the Rockies, but was robbed of a homer leading off the game, when Ibanez climbed the wall in left and snagged Carroll's drive. Ibanez looked in his glove coming off the wall to make sure the ball stayed in the webbing.

    Yorvit Torrealba hit his second homer of the season off Pineiro in the third, a two-run shot. Hawpe added a pair of doubles for the Rockies, who scored all seven of their runs with two outs.

    "We got off to a good start, and after the third just had one great opportunity ... and didn't get the big hit," Carroll said. "Their bullpen did a great job and shut us down."

    Colorado scored five times in the second on RBI singles from Clint Barmes, Carroll, Cody Sullivan and Matt Holliday. Suzuki nearly threw out Barmes and Sullivan at the plate, but both made athletic slides to avoid the tag of catcher Kenji Johjima.

    Pineiro's inconsistency continued, but Seattle's offense kept the right-hander from losing for the third time in his last four starts. Pineiro allowed nine hits and a season-high seven earned runs, and has allowed at least six hits in each of his last 10 starts.

    Pineiro said he felt good coming out of his warmup in the bullpen, but found himself overthrowing on the mound, especially with two outs. That left the ball over the middle of the plate too often.

    "Our bullpen, you've just got to tip your cap to them," Pineiro said.

    It was Pineiro's shortest start since Aug. 6, 2003 when he lasted just 2 2-3 innings against Cleveland.

    Game notes

    Kim had a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings snapped in the first on Ibanez's homer. ... Johjima extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth. ... Seattle CF Jeremy Reed remained hitless in 22 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season when he struck out against Tom Martin with two-outs and the bases loaded in the seventh.

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