- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - Endy Chavez had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Seattle Mariners ended a four-game losing streak in Oakland with a 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Friday night.

Yuniesky Betancourt also drove in two runs for the Mariners, who won their second straight by scoring all five of their runs in the secnod inning off A’s starter Brett Anderson.

Orlando Cabrera had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who were playing for the first time since the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

Chris Jakubauskas (1-0) pitched two innings in relief of Ryan Rowland-Smith to earn his first major-league victory. David Aardsma got the final six outs for the save.

Anderson (0-1) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings in his big league debut. He walked two and struck out two.

The Mariners got six consecutive hitters on base in the second, and Betancourt and Chavez each drove in a pair while Johjima singled home a run.

Chavez has hit safely in each of the first five games.

Anderson, who pitched for Team USA in last summer’s Olympics, retired nine of the next 10 hitters he faced to keep the A’s close.

Rowland-Smith lasted 3 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out one, and had a string of eight consecutive quality starts snapped with the shortest of his career.

The A’s scored their first two runs on errors, Seattle’s first of the season. Cabrera scored from first when Rowland-Smith committed a throwing error on Jason Giambi’s slow bouncer in the first, and Jack Cust led off the second with a double and reached third on Adrian Beltre’s throwing error. He scored on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.

Matt Holliday and Nomar Garciaparra drove in runs in the sixth to make it 5-4.

Russell Branyan had two hits for the Mariners.

Notes:@ In lieu of the traditional ceremonial first pitch, the A’s presented a tribute to the four Oakland police officers killed in the line of duty last month. Officers Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and John Hege, who were also security guards at the Coliseum, were honored by having their caps placed on the pitcher’s mound, a ball alongside each one, for a silent tribute. The ceremony involved over 50 Oakland officers. … OF Ichiro Suzuki was 5-for-10 and ran the bases for the first time in games played at the Mariners’ spring training complex in Arizona and is expected to join the team in Seattle on Monday. … Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu attended high school in nearby Hayward and played both his final prep football and baseball game at the Coliseum. … Anderson became the first rookie to start the home opener in Oakland history. … Endy Chavez recorded his 30th career 3-hit game.

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