LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Adrian Beltre has had quite a homecoming.
Beltre burned his former team for the second straight game,
hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning to drive in the
go-ahead runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles
Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night.
Beltre, who played six-plus seasons with the Dodgers before
signing a five-year, $64 million contract with the Mariners after
the 2004 season, hit an 0-2 pitch from Danys Baez into the left
field corner to snap a 5-5 tie.
Beltre went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in his second
game at Dodger Stadium as a visiting player, lifting his batting
average to .250. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double,
four runs scored and two walks in the series opener.
Beltre, who still lives in nearby Arcadia, said it's been about
two weeks since he felt his confidence return. He's hit safely in
18 of 20 games since being moved to second in the batting order.
"We've seen better results," said Beltre, who hit .334 with 48
homers and 121 RBI in his last season with the Dodgers but has
struggled in Seattle. "It's not one thing. I've been working a lot
with my hitting coach. I'm seeing the ball better."
The win was the fifth straight and 14th in 19 games for the
Mariners, who are 8-0 in interleague play -- all against the NL
West. They scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth
to overcome a 5-2 deficit.
After scoring four times after two were out in the sixth for a
5-2 lead, the Dodgers had only one baserunner in the final three
"They sent three guys out there to pitch those three innings
and they got three zeros on the board and we didn't," Dodgers
manager Grady Little said. "That was the difference in the game."
The loss was the fifth in a row and seventh in eight games for
Jeremy Reed hit an 0-2 pitch from Baez (4-4) into the
right-center field seats leading off the eighth for his fifth homer
to tie the game at 5. Rene Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki hit one-out
singles before Beltre came through. Jose Lopez followed with an RBI
single to make it 8-5 and chase Baez.
"I wanted to throw a splitter in the dirt, but it was right in
the middle of the plate," Baez said of the pitch to Reed. "It was
a bad pitch and he made good contact."
The Mariners scored twice off Jonathan Broxton in the seventh to
draw within one run. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett led off by hitting a
full-count pitch into the right field pavilion for the 200th homer
of his career, and Lopez hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
"I was in a situation where I just needed to get on base,"
Everett said. "The guy was challenging me, he didn't want to walk
Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run homer for his 12th hit in 27 lifetime
at-bats against Jarrod Washburn to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 in the
sixth. Pinch-hitter Ramon Martinez hit a two-run double later in
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Martin's two-out, RBI single in
Beltre scored on a fielder's choice in the third, and the
Mariners took a 2-1 lead when Kenji Johjima hit rookie Chad
Billingsley's first pitch of the fourth into the lower left field
seats for his sixth homer.
Washburn allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings while
walking two and striking out six. Billingsley, a 21-year-old
right-hander making his second big league start, gave up five hits
and two runs in five innings. He walked four and struck out one.
Derek Lowe will pitch Thursday night's series finale for
the Dodgers instead of Brett Tomko, who fouled a pitch off his foot
in batting practice. Tomko is scheduled to pitch Friday night
against Pittsburgh. ... Suzuki had two singles to extend his
hitting streak to 20 games -- longest in the AL this season. He had
an 18-game hitting streak earlier this year. ... Cesar Izturis is
scheduled to make his debut at third base for the Dodgers on
Thursday night. He hasn't played the position since May 12, 1999,
for Single-A Dunedin in the Toronto organization. A Gold Glove
shortstop in 2004, Izturis entered the game at that position in the
seventh as part of a double switch, and singled in the eighth. He
underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 16 to repair degenerative
arthritis in his right elbow. ... Everett's homer was the fifth by
a pinch hitter against the Dodgers this year, and the second
pinch-hit homer in his career. The first was on May 11, 1997, when
he was playing for the New York Mets and connected off St. Louis'