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Dobbs drives in three runs off Street to lift M's

SEATTLE (AP) -- Little-used Greg Dobbs is getting used to his
role.

Dobbs drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double off rookie
Huston Street in the seventh inning, leading the Seattle Mariners
to a 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

The Mariners loaded the bases off Street (1-1) on singles by
Adrian Beltre, Raul Ibanez and pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed. With two
outs, Dobbs, batting for Miguel Olivo, hit a sinking liner that a
diving Eric Byrnes couldn't catch in left field. The ball rolled
past him and all three runners scored to give the Mariners a 7-4
lead.

"I know I haven't had many hits in the at-bats that I've had,
but I've felt I've had quality at-bats," said Dobbs, who signed
with the Mariners in May, 2001, after a collegiate career at
Oklahoma.

"I've taken good swings on good pitches," he said. "If I can
do that on a consistent basis, I feel I'll have good chances. The
hits will come, especially in the situation like I'm in. I
understand the odds are against me, but I don't let it get me down
mentally."

A's manager Ken Macha didn't fault Byrnes for not making the
catch.

"He was trying to put a zero up there," Macha said.

Street gave all the credit to Dobbs.

"It was a perfectly placed ball," Street said.

Joel Pineiro (1-1), making his second start of the season, got
his first win since July 25 against Anaheim -- his last start in
2004 because of a strained right elbow.

Eddie Guardado gave up Erubiel Durazo's first homer of the
season in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save.

Bret Boone gave the Mariners a 4-0 lead in the first with his
sixth career grand slam, the first grand slam given up by 2002 AL
Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito. It came after the Mariners loaded
the bases on a walk to Randy Winn, a single by Beltre and a walk to
Richie Sexson.

Zito, who is off to an 0-3 start with a 6.94 ERA, went six
innings and threw 116 pitches in his fourth start of the season. He
allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks, with six
strikeouts. Zito has allowed four homers this season.

"I don't think Barry had his best stuff tonight, but I think
the great pitchers of the game have the ability to go out there
without their best stuff and still keep their team in the game,"
Boone said.

Boone said he hit a 3-1 fastball over the left-field fence into
the A's bullpen.

"He gave me a pitch and I didn't miss it," Boone said. "He
left it up a little bit. But I don't know what he's going to throw
me. He'll throw me a 3-0 changeup if the situation is right."

Zito said he didn't have his best control and it hurt him.

"I was just trying to pinpoint the location a little too
much," he said. "I was not being aggressive in the zone."

Marco Scutaro tied the score at 4 for the A's in the sixth with
an RBI single.

Scutaro also had an RBI single in the second, when Oakland
scored its first three runs. Mark Kotsay doubled in Oakland's other
two runs in the inning.

The A's got a run off the Mariners' bullpen in the eighth. They
loaded the bases off Jeff Nelson on a single by Mark Ellis, a walk
to pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty and Scutaro's third single of the
game. Ron Villone hit Kotsay in the hand with the bases loaded,
forcing in Ellis for Kotsay's third RBI of the game to make it 7-5.

But Villone got Jason Kendall to pop out to second baseman Boone
and struck out Eric Chavez looking to end the eighth.

Villone said he wasn't rattled when he hit Kotsay.

"It might have rattled him," Villone said. "But that's not
the idea, especially with the bases juiced and stuff. I was just
trying to get a groundball double play."

The crowd of 24,841 was the lowest at Safeco Field, which the
Mariners moved into July 15, 1999. The previous lowest was 24,848
on June 1, 2004, during Seattle's 99-loss season.

Game notes
Boone has 997 RBI as a 2B. Only a dozen 2B in major league
history have 1,000 or more RBI, including No. 12 and newly elected
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, with 1,007. Boone got his first grand
slam since July 19, 2004, against Boston. ... Zito passed Rollie
Fingers for No. 5 on the Oakland A's career strikeout list at 789.
Fingers had 784. ... Dobbs is 2-for-7 as a pinch-hitter this
season. Dobbs made his Seattle debut with a pinch homer off
Cleveland's Bob Wickman Sept. 8, 2004. ... Ichiro Suzuki of the
Mariners struck out twice for the first time since Sept. 30, 2004.