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Ackley Homers, But Victorino Powers Phillies To 5-1 Victory Over The Mariners

The Mariners (36-35) were unable to come up with sufficient offense to support their ace, Felix Hernandez in Saturday night's game at Safeco Field against the Philadelphia Phillies (45-27). Center Fielder Shane Victorino played hero for the Phillies, driving in four of their five runs en route to a 5-1 victory.

In his second major league start, Dustin Ackley hit his first career major league home run into the right field seats in the bottom of the second inning. Ackley's solo shot tied the game at 1-1, but the Mariners did not muster any other offense for the rest of the game.

The home run allowed by Phillies starter Vance Worley was the only run he and the rest of the Phillies bullpen would allow to the Mariners all night.

Victorino broke the game open in the seventh inning with a two-run ground-rule double off Hernandez that gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Hernandez put up a respectable performance, striking out five and walking two in eight innings of work.

In the the top of the ninth, Victorino hit his eighth home run of the season to secure a 5-1 victory for the Phillies.


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