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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-08-26

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-08-26
On Sunday, the Mariners thought they had a day or two to play with in assessing whether righty Mark Lowe's foot injury would force them to recall another pitcher.

But on Monday, Lowe was on his way to Class AAA Tacoma and righty Randy Messenger, who wasn't even in the Mariners system two months ago, was called up to take his place.

Messenger, released by the Giants on July 9 and signed by the Mariners one day later, came to the big leagues after going 6-0 in 12 relief appearances with Tacoma. He got into his first big league game of the year and had a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-2, 11-inning win over Minnesota on Monday.

Manager Jim Riggleman says he envisions Messenger pitching in much the same role as Lowe -- working in middle and long relief, as needed.

Lowe, still in pain after taking a Frank Thomas line drive off his left foot, might have been ready to pitch this weekend.

The Mariners felt, however, they couldn't take that chance, which is why Lowe was optioned out.

"It hurts, but it's getting better," Lowe said of his injury. "I don't think it's going to be too long before I can pitch again. So I'll pitch in Tacoma in a few days, and then I guess I'll be back here."

MARINERS 4, TWINS 2 (11 innings): 3B Adrian Beltre, whose double set up the tying run in the ninth inning, hit a first-pitch two-run homer in the 11th to win it.

Beltre's first-pitch homer off RHP Jesse Crain was the sixth walk-off homer of his career, the first this year.

He'd doubled to open the ninth against RHP Joe Nathan, then took third when 2B Jose Lopez's grounder was dropped by Twins SS Nick Punto. C Jeff Clement, in the game as a pinch hitter, grounded into a double play as Beltre scored to tie the game at 2-2.

RHP R.A. Dickey, who pitched a scoreless 11th, got the win, his fourth of the year in 12 decisions. It was Dickey's first win since July 31 and just the fourth extra-inning win for the Mariners in 12 tries.

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Added: August 26, 2008

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