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MLB: Seattle 8, Oakland 7

May 2, 2009 at 1:35 AM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, May 2 (UPI) -- Jose Lopez fouled off nine straight pitches Friday and then singled home Endy Chavez from third in the ninth inning, giving Seattle an 8-7 win over Oakland.

The Mariners have defeated the Athletics in seven straight meetings.

Seattle overcame an early 6-1 deficit and took a 7-6 lead with a four-run fifth that included two-run homers from Russell Branyan and Franklin Gutierrez.

Oakland tied it in the seventh on Matt Holliday's homer and it remained a 7-7 game until Russ Springer (0-1) gave up the winning run in the ninth.

Chavez reached on a one-out single off Springer, Mike Sweeney walked and, with two away, Branyan was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Lopez worked the count to 2-2 and then fouled off pitch after pitch before sending a ball to right field for the game-winning hit.

Shawn Kelley (1-1) recorded the last five outs to get the victory.

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