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Padres edge M's with ninth-inning rally

Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE--The San Diego Padres may be on pace to lose more than 90 games this season -- they had 88 coming into Tuesday night. And they are 221/2 games out of if in the National League West.

But the Seattle Mariners can't beat them. Well, at least they haven't to date this season.

On a night where you could hear fans having conversations at Safeco Field, despite an announced crowd of 13,833, the Mariners' best reliever Edwin Diaz gave up a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, and the Padres held on for a 2-1 win.

Before you lament the usage of a Diaz in a non-save situation in a game where there would be no situation due to the tie after eight innings, this game, like so many this season, falls on the Mariners' offense, which was inept and callow.

Diaz took the loss in the game, only because an offense can't be saddled with one.

He gave up back to back singles to start the inning. He came back to strike out Franmil Reyes, but Wil Myers jumped on a misplaced, non-breaking slider, hammering a double into the corner to score Travis Jankowski with the go-ahead run.

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The Mariners went down meekly in the bottom of the ninth. But at least they didn't strand any runners like most of the other innings.

Seattle went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base.

In his first start since going on the disabled list with a neck strain, Marco Gonzales looked rested and strong -- something the Mariners hope can continue in his handful of remaining starts this season.

On a limited pitch count, Gonzales pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

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