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Aurilia has 3 RBI in victory

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Joel Pineiro suddenly is an even bigger fan of
interleague play than he was before.

Pineiro limited Pittsburgh to one run over eight innings in his
second straight win, and Rich Aurilia drove in three runs to lead
the Seattle Mariners past the Pirates 5-1 Saturday night.

Pineiro (3-8) looked a lot more like the pitcher who won 16
games last season than the one who recently ended a seven-game
losing streak. He allowed only two harmless singles through seven
innings until Jason Bay homered leading off eighth, his third in
two games.

"You didn't see too many good swings, too many balls hit hard
off him," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "His ball was
moving."

The right-hander followed up what was his best start of the
season, an 8-1 victory Sunday over Montreal that was his first
victory since April 18, with an even better one.

He didn't allow a runner past first base until the eighth in his
first road victory following four straight losses. He gave up four
hits, struck out three and walked one.

"I said to myself, `Be aggressive, let them put the ball in
play,' and it's been paying off," Pineiro said. "I threw a lot of
sinkers and said, `Here you go, hit it,' and I got a lot of
groundball outs. I'm not trying to strike out everybody or blow it
by people."

Pineiro didn't win in a span of nine starts from April 23-June
8, but has since given up just two runs in 16 innings in
consecutive wins and three runs in 24 innings against NL teams.
He's 8-3 in interleague play, including 4-0 on the road.

"I hope I get on a good streak and hopefully win some ballgames
and try to get back in it," Pineiro said.

Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth to finish it. The
Mariners have won nine of 13, while the Pirates have dropped 11 of
13. Pittsburgh is 3-16 since moving a game over .500 on May 29.

Aurilia, back in the lineup after not starting consecutive
games, had a run-scoring single in the fifth and a two-run single
in the sixth to give Seattle all the offense it needed in its third
consecutive victory.

"I'm an everyday player and have been for a while. When I
wasn't in there yesterday, I was a little upset," Aurilia said.
"If I hadn't been there's something wrong with me. Maybe I tried
to take some of the frustration out on the other team."

With right-hander Kip Wells out for at least one start with an
inflamed finger, the Pirates called up left-hander Sean Burnett
from Triple-A Nashville to make his second career start. He retired
his first 12 batters, only to get into trouble by walking Scott
Spiezio leading off the fifth and throwing a wild pitch.

Aurilia, batting only .227 at the time, singled to left field to
score Spiezio and moved to second on the throw to the plate. Hiram
Bocachica followed with an RBI single under shortstop Jack Wilson's
glove.

"He walked the one guy and got out of sync," Pirates manager
Lloyd McClendon said. "But I thought he threw the ball OK. He had
good sink on the ball, but he didn't have the command on his
pitches (after the fourth)."

Burnett (0-1) left in the sixth after Ichiro Suzuki's line drive
hit him in his upper left arm, resulting in a large bruise but no
other damage. Brian Meadows replaced Burnett with runners on first
and third -- Randy Winn singled to start the inning -- and gave up
Aurilia's two-out, two-run single.

"It's unfortunate I had to get hit because I thought I had good
stuff," Burnett said. "When you get a chance to pitch up here,
you want to impress as long as you can."

Seattle added a run in the ninth on pinch-hitter Edgar
Martinez's RBI double, his 507th -- one more than Babe Ruth had.

Game notes
The Pirates' Craig Wilson went 0-for-3 and is 10-for-60
this month, dropping his average from the .340s to .309. ... X-rays
on Burnett's arm were negative. He allowed four runs in 5 1-3
innings in his first career decision and has given up five runs in
10 1-3 innings in his first two major league starts. ... The
Pirates are 3-14 in June. ... Burnett was 1-5 with a 5.36 ERA and
five consecutive losses at Nashville. ... The Pirates are 11-21 at
home.