The Seattle Mariners finally managed to snap their six-game losing streak on Saturday night as they defeated the visiting San Francisco Giants in the second game of a three-game interleague series. The win came at the expense of Washington native and two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who continues his nightmare season by giving up four runs in five innings in the eventual 7-4 Mariners victory.
The Mariners staked themselves to an early lead as Casper Wells and Jesus Montero hit solo home runs off Lincecum in the bottom of the first inning. The Giants tied things up 2-2 in the third inning following RBI hits from Ryan Theriot and Buster Posey.
San Francisco took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Theriot and Melky Cabrera, but Seattle was able to even things up once again in the bottom of the fifth with an infield RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki and a wild pitch from Lincecum that allowed John Jaso to score.
Montero singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, after which Lincecum was pulled. Jeremy Affeldt gave up RBI singles to Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan as the Mariners staged a three-run rally to take the lead for good. Lincecum was tagged with the loss.
The Mariners have evened up the series and have a chance to win the set in the rubber game on Sunday.
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