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Mariners only team without a win

4/10/2004

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Arthur Rhodes' latest save meant a little
more.

Scott Hatteberg doubled in the go-ahead run and Rhodes pitched a
perfect ninth against his former team in the Oakland Athletics' 8-6
victory over the winless Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

"It's nice getting a save against my old team," Rhodes said.
"Going out there and facing your old team is kind of tough. ... To
tell you the truth, I blocked it all out. I know it's my old team
and I have a lot of great memories, but you've got to block that
out."

The way things were going for the A's, it didn't look like
Rhodes would get into the game, but this is a club that's become
known for its comebacks so Rhodes was ready when the rally came.

Rhodes, in his first season as a full-time closer, earned his
third save. Before this series began, he insisted he wouldn't
socialize with his former teammates, saying, "I won't even talk to
them. I said my hi's and goodbyes at spring training. It's 2004, a
new season."

At 0-4, Seattle is the only team in the majors without a win.

The Mariners were swept by the Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field to
start the season. They have lost their initial four games for the
first time since beginning the 1994 season with five straight
losses.

"The only thing I see encouraging is we're swinging the bats,"
Bret Boone said. "We had another big inning today and rallied
back. It seems like we're getting some key hits, but right now
that's not enough."

Seattle blew it when center fielder Randy Winn missed a line
drive by Eric Chavez in the bottom of the seventh for an error. The
ball glanced off his glove and got away from him, rolling to the
wall before Raul Ibanez retrieved it.

Mark Kotsay scored on the play and Jermaine Dye followed with an
RBI double to bring home Chavez and tie the game at 6. Hatteberg
then doubled to center.

"That ball didn't do what I thought it would," Winn said. "It
cut back completely the opposite way. I thought I'd get it to my
right and then it took off the other way."

Rich Aurilia had given the Mariners the lead in the top half of
the inning with a two-run double, his second double of the game and
third hit.

Chris Hammond (1-0) struck out three in 1 1-3 inning for his
first win for the A's while Rafael Soriano (0-1) got just two outs.

Marco Scutaro had two doubles and two RBI for the A's, who lost
three straight in Seattle to end the 2003 regular season.

Bobby Kielty went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Chavez
had a double and a single against Seattle right-hander Ryan
Franklin, an 11-game winner last season who has lost to Oakland
only once in 14 career outings. The A's eight doubles tied an
Oakland record set Aug. 29, 1998, at Cleveland.

"I'm really happy about my start. I couldn't ask for anything
more than the start I'm having," Kielty said.

Franklin allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings,
striking out three and walking two.

Aurilia, Seattle's new shortstop, made his first appearance back
in the Bay Area since the San Francisco Giants chose not to re-sign
him after last season. He was booed each time he came to the plate.

He did feel appreciated on the other side of the bay. Walking
around San Francisco earlier Friday, he was greeted by several
fans. "Some said, 'Why'd you leave?' I told them, 'It wasn't my
choice," he said. "There's no ill will toward anybody."

Mark Redman left with the lead after six innings but was shaky
in his A's debut after winning a World Series title with the
Florida Marlins last season.

"It went all right my first time out there," he said. "The
ultimate goal is ending the game with a win. It doesn't matter if
the starting pitcher gets a win or not."

Redman is 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA in six career starts against the
Mariners, and they challenged the left-hander early by getting
runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings.
Redman pitched a 1-2-3 fifth, then got in trouble the sixth and
gave up a one-out double to Edgar Martinez, a single to Aurilia and
an RBI single to John Olerud that scored Martinez to make it 4-2.

Scutaro hit a two-run double to right-center to highlight the
A's three-run fourth inning. Scutaro, who became the starter after
regular Mark Ellis and backup Frank Menechino were sidelined with
injuries this spring, also made two nice stops in the field.

Game notes
Dye has hit in each of the A's first four games, batting
.333 with six RBI. ... The teams played the first of their 19
meetings this year. The Mariners were 12-7 in 2003 to take the
season series. ... Seattle's longest losing streak to start the
season was 0-6 in 1991. ... Franklin last lost to the A's on July 3
last season.