"We had them on the ropes a little bit but they had us on the ropes, too," said first-year Seattle skipper Lloyd McClendon, whose club opened with a 4-2 road trip. "They had good at-bats, made good pitches and kept grinding."
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"Any time you come back off a road trip with a winning record, regardless of how you got there, it's successful," McClendon said.
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