Series: Game 1 of 3

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 6/14)

Game 1: Friday, June 14
Seattle 6Final
San Diego 3
Game 2: Saturday, June 15
Seattle 1Final
San Diego 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 16
Seattle 3Final
San Diego 5

Mariners 6

(41-25, 23-10 away)

Padres 3

(28-39, 17-16 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 14, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: F. Garcia (9-4)

    L: B. Tomko (3-5)

    S: K. Sasaki (15)

    Garcia regains composure after blowing lead

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners never doubt Freddy Garcia's ability, even after he blows a three-run lead.

    Freddy Garcia

    Garcia bounced back after letting San Diego back into the game, winning his fifth straight start, and the Mariners roughed up former teammate Brett Tomko, beating the Padres 6-3 on Friday night.

    Garcia blew a 3-0 lead by allowing Ryan Klesko's RBI single and Ray Lankford's two-run homer with two outs in the third inning.

    The Mariners came right back in the fourth, though, and Garcia settled down.

    "If we can score with Freddy out on the mound, we usually like our chances, he does such a good job the way he pitches,'' said John Olerud, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the fourth.

    "I know we are going to score more runs,'' Garcia said. "We're going to hit it pretty good.''

    Tomko (3-5), traded from the Mariners to the Padres in a six-player deal on Dec. 11, struggled against his former teammates and remains winless since May 13, a span that includes three losses and three no-decisions. He allowed eight hits, five runs and four walks in five innings.

    Garcia (9-4) held the Padres to five hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 4-1 lifetime against the Padres. He struck out eight and walked two.

    Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities. He needed only seven pitches to retire the side in order.

    John Olerud extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the fourth, and he and Ruben Sierra each drove in two runs for Seattle. Desi Relaford, who played for San Diego the last two months of 2000, went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

    Tomko fell behind 3-0 after two innings, on RBI singles by Sierra and Relaford, and a sacrifice fly by Olerud.

    The Padres got to Garcia in the bottom of the third to tie it at 3. Ray Lankford hit a two-run homer, his third, and Ryan Klesko had an RBI single. Mark Kotsay beat Ichiro Suzuki's throw home on Klesko's hit, sliding in front of catcher Ben Davis and swiping a hand across the plate.

    Seattle came right back with two runs on three hits in the fourth for a 5-3 lead. Sierra had an RBI groundout and Guillen an RBI double.

    Tomko said he wasn't too pumped up facing his old team.

    "I was fine. I had a good approach and didn't even really worry about it,'' Tomko said. "I just had a bad game.''

    Said manager Bruce Bochy: "Our guy, he just wasn't on tonight. Brett has been very consistent for us. He has had a couple of rough nights this season, tonight being one of them.''

    Carlos Guillen started at shortstop for the Mariners a day after he was arrested in suburban Seattle for investigation of drunken driving. He hit an RBI double during a two-run rally in the fourth inning that gave the Mariners the lead for good.

    The game featured three of the six players who were included in the Dec. 11 trade -- Tomko and Padres catcher Tom Lampkin, and Davis. Davis had two hits.

    Game notes

    Josh Womack, Seattle's second-round draft pick, got a special treat Friday when he took batting practice with the Mariners. Womack, a senior at San Diego's Crawford High, turned down a full-ride scholarship offer from San Diego State -- where he would have been coached by Tony Gwynn -- and quickly signed with the Mariners. Womack was grinning the whole time he was in the Mariners' clubhouse. ... The Padres opened an 11-game homestand in which they'll face the AL's top three teams plus Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants. The Padres also play host to the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who swept San Diego in the 1998 World Series. ... Seattle DH Edgar Martinez, sidelined since the second week of the season by a ruptured tendon behind his left knee, was activated from the disabled list. Because the Mariners will play nine straight games in NL ballparks, he'll be available only as a pinch-hitter. Martinez struck out to end the Mariners ninth while pinch-hitting for reliever Arthur Rhodes. ... The Padres claimed OF Eugene Kingsale off waivers from Seattle. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

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